Spring has arrived in Australia, and I'm spending more time than usual out in the garden. It's the perfect time of year weather wise, so I'm making the most of the warm temperatures after the cold of Winter, and before the oppressive heat of Summer arrives.
New leaves are emerging on the deciduous trees. I'd love to be able to tell you the name of this one, but I can't for the life of me remember. I'm sure one of my Northern Hemisphere readers will be able to help me out here.
Our many native gum trees (eucalypts) are evergreens. They remain pretty much the same throughout the year. The few deciduous trees we have are such a contrast, changing with the seasons.
The lavender bushes, covered with flowers, are attracting the bees. This is one of my all time favourite plants. It flowers for a long time, has a very pleasant scent and is extremely hardy. Today I picked two big bunches for the house.
Another super hardy plant, the kalanchoe have such bright flowers. Nothing subtle about these succulents.
Many of my plants have come from friends' gardens. I was especially pleased to see this iris flowering, as it was given to me by a dear friend who passed away only a few months ago. She and I shared a love for gardening and would often attend garden shows and visit nurseries together.
Violets are another favourite, with their delicate little flowers. These originally came from my Mum's garden, and have multiplied many times over. At 96 years of age, Mum is still an avid gardener. When I visit, I often return home with new plants she has propagated for me.
Years ago, Mr TMW built me a potting area. I get a lot of satisfaction from propagating my own plants. At the moment, the area is filled with pots of lavender, salvias, succulents, lomandras, geraniums and nandinas.
A large bromeliad given to my by another friend who passed away a few years ago now. As I am, he was fascinated by bromeliads. He bought this one for me, knowing it would eventually grow too large for his garden.
A rustic pond features in this otherwise rather dry section of the garden.
Our first wheelbarrow gave up the ghost many moons ago, and is now the perfect receptacle for dietes and ivy geranium. Located in the same spot for several years now, it won't last much longer. I'm expecting the whole thing will collapse soon, as it's badly rusted. In the meantime, I'll enjoy it while I can.
Our resident satin bower bird shares our garden with us. He and or his predecessor have been in the one spot for at least fifteen years. We feel very privileged that he is tame enough to lets us come within a metre of him. In recent days he's been showing off in and around his bower to his two lady friends.
At the beginning of this year, I showed you an experiment I was conducting in the garden - a large area covered with black plastic to hopefully kill the weeds. It worked quite well, killing all the weeds except the bulbs. There's still some onion weed I'll have to work on.
Thanks to Mr TMW, there is now a sandstone and pebble path meandering through the garden, which is now covered with sugar cane mulch. I'm keen to start planting, but I'll wait till the onion weed is gone first.
I am passionate about the garden, but not so Mr TMW. He enjoys looking at the garden, but he doesn't like the repetitive nature of working in it. Making things which last makes more sense to him. Consequently, he does get satisfaction from building paths and structures in the garden.
He finished the brick path seen in progress above, just on dark today. I'd love to have the skill and patience, but sadly, I don't. A long time ago I impatiently built a brick path. LOL... that was one rustic path and very uneven.
We've had a fair bit of rain, so everything is still lush and green - not always so in Australia. I was working just to the left of the succulent filled bike today, planting sunflower seeds next to the row of self seeded native lilly pillies.
Needless to say, sewing is taking a back seat to gardening at the moment. I am still sewing, but not at the rate I normally do, and much of it won't make it to the blog. One in particular I was really pleased with - adding a pocket to a faux zippered pocket.
I'll never understand why manufacturers add a zipper and don't bother to actually put in the pocket. I know it's cost cutting, but I'd rather pay another few dollars and have real pockets. The pants look best with long tops, so the zips don't even show.
My added pockets are nowhere near perfect, but no one is going to see them but me, as they're hidden behind the zips. As the pants are black, there was no point trying to take photos that would mean anything.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of the garden today. You may like to look back at old garden posts...
Do you enjoy gardening, or is it a chore?