Late on Saturday afternoon on the first day of autumn. Air the perfect temperature - a touch above 'warm'. Bees, backlit leaves, blowsy roses, bit of a breeze. Time for a walk through the burbs. I never get bored walking round my neighbourhood. There's nothing glamorous about it. It's not urban enough to be edgy, [...]
Utter, utter bliss. Lying on a bean bag in the backyard with a Barbara Kingsolver novel. 26 glorious degrees. Sunlight glowing through the leaves, bees buzzing in the gum blossoms. Total stillness, except for three children exploding the biggest water-bombs they can concoct. This is why I love autumn in Melbourne.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our friends and former neighbours Sue and Glen have made a tree change to Woodend, an hour north of Melbourne. After renting for a year to try out the location and the lifestyle, they bought a 10-acre property earlier this year. A week ago we went up to visit them. The property was previously owned [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]