At the very end of a long, hot Summer, it finally rained. Much needed rain!! Amazingly we didn't lose too much during the drought. The little plants can be replaced - not so the 30 year old tree. Never the less, a new tree will be planted.
|Succulents housed in an old cane bookcase|
With climate change on us, we're re-thinking the garden. Plants that require constant water are just not feasible. The further they are from the house, the less water - if any - plants will receive.
|An eclectic mix|
During the drought, we were only allowed to water with buckets. Luckily we also have rain water tanks, as well as a system to treat waste water which we then utilise on gardens.
|Still one of my favourite spots, especially on a hot day|
It really is amazing how everything has sprung back with the rain.
|Up the garden path|
Many parts of the garden received NO water for months on end. The plants that survived in those areas will be duplicated. My little potting area - behind the bamboo in the photo above - is jam packed with cuttings and divided plants I'm propagating.
We are keeping some plants that require a lot of water, but only a few, and all close to the house.
|Succulents, duranta, geranium, agapanthus, agave, salvias, canna lilies|
Although this is predominantly a sewing blog, long time readers will know that gardening wins out to sewing any day. The more stressed I am, the more I rely on the garden. It's not just the exercise - although that is good - it's the planning and creating that I'm constantly doing while out there. Worries usually get pushed to the back of my mind if I can immerse myself in the garden.
|Aloe vera mixed with a daisy and chrysanthemums|
Although there are no photos to show you, the garden is full of insects - many of them native.
|Perfect Autumn day|
And we are seeing more and more birds. Some have nests in the garden, others just come to visit.
|The start of our new raised bed veggie garden|
It's been many, many years since I've grown veggies. We now have one raised veggie garden, as well as several pots. It's been great not to have to buy silver beet and bok choi, even during the Summer months.
|We call this our River of Grass - in reality, it's a grass of weeds|
The veggies have been such a success, that we're planning on getting some more raised beds. The new area is being cleared at this very moment.
|Giant Bird of Paradise in old washing machine inserts|
So, what's been happening with sewing? Not a lot at the moment. I just haven't felt like it. Several times I've organised the fabric ready for new projects, but that's as far as I've got. The ideas are there, just not the motivation to carry them out.
|Kangaroo grass - a very hardy native|
Getting back on the blog is a start. It feels good! Next up is to start reading other blogs again. I've had a complete break. If you're someone whose blog I used to read and comment on, my apologies. Don't take it personally.
|Our insect hotel|
Towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year, I did quite a bit of sewing that I still haven't shown you - there's a tutorial in the works.
If you think you've seen some of these photos before, you must be following along on Instagram - that's where I show lots of photos of the garden, along with places we visit and the odd sewing photo.
You might like to see past garden posts to see how our garden is changing and evolving.
I hope you are all safe and well in the current climate!! Tell me what you've been up to.