about this blog



This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

garden's at its best in spring




I think I've been trying to do too much with the garden. Like expecting it to look fabulous all year round. It's always different. Probably of all the seasons,  a hot summer challenges it the most. But what it responds to best is a spring like this one, mostly mild with quite a bit of rain.


front garden
Derwentia Perfoliata aka Diggers Speedwell
Crabapple blossom above a carpet of forget me nots
self seeded nasturtium flowers peeking
nature's floral display: self seeded pink Californian Poppy interwoven with
nearly-opened buds of Love in the Mist, Lychnis,  Seaside Daisies,
Forget Me Nots and Diggers Speedwell in the background
Leptospermums aka Tea Trees, different species, some flowering, some not

Alygyone heuglii aka Australian Hibiscus in front of Pittosporum hedge


White Tea Tree flowers and pink Lychnis coronaria 

Loquat Tree with two loquats

Blue Fescue Grass with Forget Me Nots

This is not an autumn scene.
I had the camera on the wrong setting, but quite like the effect.



































































































With this post I'm joining garden bloggers all over the world, showing off their October gardens. To see other gardens, follow the link to Carol's May Dreams Gardens blog.  

34 comments:

  1. Your garden certainly does look fabulous at the moment. Your front garden looks absolutely beautiful, but I also love the area under the trees with your stone pathway. I'm so glad I dropped by to see your Spring garden.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Dear Sue,
    Nasturtiums and Dogwood - two of my favourites, and are those wallflowers growing near to the lavender in the second photograph?
    I like your photos: Your garden does indeed look fab!
    Bye for now
    Kirk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Kirk, they are wallflowers. I have found them to be surprisingly drought and heat resistant.

      Delete
  3. Your garden looks lovely. Dogwood trees have always been my favorite tree. Unfortunately they are difficult to grow in my climate, but I admire yours. Very pretty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Our climates are so different, it's interesting how many things can grow in both places.

      Delete
  4. Your garden is beautiful! Ah spring, a fond memory or a far-off dream for some of us. I love experiencing it again through your blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I sometimes sit at the computer and it's daytime, and think of you guys up north probably tucked up cosily fast asleep.

      Delete
  5. Your garden look beautiful. I also think that spring is the best season for the garden. Then everything looks fresh and lush.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love all the seasons, they all have something special about them, but I must admit spring is the most special.

      Delete
  6. Yes, yes, it's all lovely! Great shots showing off the fresh spring scenes in your garden.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks VW, I'm still trying to get better shots, there's so much to learn.

      Delete
  7. Oh my, your garden is stunning in springtime! I really get a sense for it when I click on the photos and enlarge them. Fantastic views! Nasturtiums are fun, aren't they? And I love the fact that they're edible. In that first photo in the front garden, I thought maybe you had wild turkeys in your garden. Then I realized they are decorations. They look great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Beth. I'm so pleased you took the time to click on the photos! The other flowers that are edible are the violas Johnny Jump Ups - I keep meaning to put them both in a salad and keep forgetting. Tomorrow ... The birds in the front garden are much better behaved than I imagine wild turkeys would be.

      Delete
  8. Such joy in seeing your beautiful spring flowers just as our gardens are winding down, getting ready for winter. Your front garden is so pretty with an amazing amount of colour, it must be a delight to walk through it each day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Pauline, I love walking through the front and back gardens, I do it often even if I'm late because it's so calming. Except when I notice all the things that need to be done!

      Delete
  9. It all looks so pretty with the summer colours coming into play. I looked at and decided against a lychnis just today for a small cottage garden I am making around my William Shakespeare rose. I want romantic pinks and mauves and purples and so far have got a phlox, Sidonie lavender, and a dianthus. Seeing the lychnis in your garden makes me think I will be going back to the garden centre tomorrow. I had forgotten how wonderful they look :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lychnis comes in white and dark pink. I used to have both but got rid of the white and now just have the pink. Sounds like that would look best in your garden, Lynne. Years ago a friend gave me one and now it just keeps popping up in unexpected places.

      Delete
  10. Your garden looks wonderful in spring! The Cal.poppies with the coming love in the mist is a gorgeous combination. Selfseedes combinations are often best. Your frontgarden is lovely too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your garden looks fabulous! So lush and full - and romantic. That photo of the dogwood blossoms takes my breathe away! I agree with you that a hot summer can really take its toll on a garden. I rarely go outside when the temperatures soar so high, so I've decided that my garden can take a rest then, too. Or maybe I'm just making excuses...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Holley. Actually, I made a mistake, it's not Dogwood, it's Crabapple! I don't know why I keep getting them mixed up. That's the time to take a break, when the weather's really hot. A romantic look is hard to achieve, maybe impossible, at high temperatures, so I'm making the most of it while I've got it.

      Delete
  12. Hi Sue, expanding the picture of your front garden let me see how fantastic it is looking. We have also been through the whole thing of trying to make the garden look good in all seasons, manage it to a certain extent.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. With your climate, managing it even to a certain extent is quite something!

      Delete
  13. Beautiful garden. So stunning. I love to read your blog. I invite you to visit my blog. I'm your new follower. Thank you
    Endah
    Indonesia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Endah, lovely to 'meet' you. I look forward to visiting your blog.

      Delete
  14. summer is much more difficult, but now I feel as if (almost) every plant in my garden is flowering.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Records have already been broken for October - bushfires, high temperatures, so hopefully the summer won't be too difficult. But sooner or later, the heat and drought will return. It will be interesting to see how the garden copes.

      Delete
  15. Everything is greening up and so colorful. I actually have nasturtiums growing in my garden in late October.

    ReplyDelete
  16. That garden is really shaping up. I love all your xeriscaping:) I've seen those plants around our area here in Tucson and they do VERY well. Nicely done! And beautiful!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks for the compliment, Chris. Ironically, just as it's shaping up, I've been driven to change it - AGAIN!

      Delete
  17. Spring! It is great to see a spring garden, now that we up here are soon to face winter! I think your garden is wonderful. I especially like the second photo with the silver/orange/purple combination. Fabulous! The birds are a perfect accent. Are they real, just posing for the photo, or are they sculpture?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deb, I'm so pleased you love the garden. I love your garden too, we both aim for a romantic soft look, I think. The birds are sculptures, posing for the photo!

      Delete

I love to get feedback and comments, and getting to know other bloggers. I also appreciate corrections if you detect an error, because I'm not an expert, but a self taught enthusiastic amateur on a steep learning curve.

Popular Posts