The Big Prune 2012

The Big Prune 2012

It's that time of year again when I get out the secateurs, shears and loppers and hack into the garden. Since starting this blog three years ago, a clear seasonal pattern has emerged: Late autumn - admire the tangle of lush growth, bemoan the plants that didn't survive the summer, and start thinking "I really [...]

Autumn abundance/chaos

Autumn abundance/chaos

With all this gallivanting off overseas, my garden has had to fend for itself for a while. I have come back to find the front garden in full late-autumn sprawl; the weeds green and luxurious, salvia and plumbago flopping across half the garden, and pretty much everything in need of a good cut back. The [...]

Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy

A quick post on the glorious Boston ivy I planted late last year, which is growing up the wall in my back garden. The southern edge of my garden is abutted by my neighbour's brick garage, leaving me with a blank wall that I actually don't mind - it gives privacy and a sense of [...]

My olowne day

My olowne day

The wind picked up last night and stripped the paulownia of most if its leaves. Lots of big, crunchy brown leaves underfoot; the air strangely mild and muggy. Less than a week till winter. Although the paulownia is spectacular in flower and lush during summer, I do enjoy its winter sillhouette against a grey sky. [...]

Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’

Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’

Another favourite - Salvia 'Indigo Spires'. This beauty grows as tall as 1.7m in my garden, though it's supposed to be 1.2m (do nurseries deliberately understate plant sizes so as not to disappoint?). I think I bought three plants to start with, but I've since taken cuttings and spread them around the garden. Four to [...]

Backyard…background

Backyard…background

When we bought our house in late 2001, our backyard had a neat lawn, some newly planted federation daisies, and an eclectic collection of bits and pieces - a small sick apple tree, a few umbrella plants, lots of aggies and diosma, and a thicket of rampant ivy. Also a bare brick garage wall, a [...]