Spring is springing in the front garden. I’ve cut back most of the shaggy French lavender; here they are in mid-October…
…and looking relatively neat and civilised at the end of the month.
I also did a major cut-back of the grevillea and the other pink-flowering native along the front fence. They’d grown very big and twiggy, and it was time for a makeover. I gave them an all-over haircut, stripped away the dense mass of dry twigs around the base, and lo! I find now have more space for planting! I’ve stuck in a few succulent stalks from elsewhere in the garden, and also transplanted what I think is a gaura (butterfly bush) which had self-seeded on the gravel path, presumably from a neighbour’s plant or a dormant seed from the bush that grew nearby several years ago. It seems to be taking to its new home.
One of my favourites in the garden this spring is the Big Red kangaroo paw. I totally love it! The pictures probably don’t convey what a brilliant difference this plant (three plants, actually) have made to the garden – a fantastic exclamation mark amongst all the fluffy new growth.
My other favourite right now is the Nigella (love-in-the-mist) which self-seeds in an expanding clump along the path. I really love its misty foliage and weird alien starry flowers. It’s so happy this year after halfway decent winter rain.