I'm definitely out of sync with trendy, fashionable gardeners. What's cool is to grow your own fruit and vegetables. It seems people just don't see the point of an ornamental garden. I constantly get unsolicited, well - meaning suggestions and advice on growing potatoes or lemons or lettuce. I acknowledge the suggestions politely, then keep on doing what I do - growing pittosporum, lavender, lomandra and whatever else adds to the garden picture and can do without supplementary watering.
Even cooler than growing your own fruit and vegetables in your own garden, is to do it with other people in a community garden. Again, I fail the fashion test. For me gardening means solitude. I love gardening alone. Don't get me wrong. I'm not always unsociable - but I am when I'm gardening.
Autumn is in free fall, with huge piles of leaves in the street. A Council truck picks them from time to time, but I get in first. I happily gather them up and bring them home to provide a cosy winter blanket for the whole garden.
There are lots of flowers in the autumn garden.
|Verbena rigida 'Polaris'|
|Correa pulchella 'Little Cate'|
|Heliotrope Cherry Pie|
And then there are the invertebrates - uninvited, mostly welcome contributors to the biodiversity of the little ecosystem that is my garden ...
The female Redback Spider is one of Australia's most dangerous venomous spiders, but it's not aggressive. There's one nesting in a bush in front of the deck. As long as I don't accidentally touch it, I feel safe. Legendary Australian country music writer and singer Slim Dusty wrote a song called Redback on the Toilet Seat. In an outdoors lavatory ('dunny') you'd better watch out so you don't inadvertently sit on a redback!
Another fascinating backyard nature puzzle is just what kind of creature made this large, loose, untidy web?
This European wasp hooked its back legs onto a leaf and proceeded to preen and clean itself. Either I need a better macro lens or I need to learn how to use it better. But you get the idea I think ...