Paulownia on a dark and stormy night

Paulownia on a dark and stormy night

I know it's October when my son celebrates his birthday and the paulownia blooms in the back yard. A storm battered Melbourne on Sunday night, felling trees, taking out power lines, flooding roads and bringing the trains and roads to a grinding halt on Monday morning. Meanwhile, our paulownia sprinkled a few flowers onto the [...]

Catching up with some pruning, a season too late

Catching up with some pruning, a season too late

Normally I do my big annual cut-back in May or June. Somehow I didn't quite get around to it this year... then before I knew it, it was August, spring was springing, and I had a bushy jungle in the front garden, with new shoots competing with last year's leggy growth. (Similarly, I've spent the [...]

Spring in the backyard, starring Paulownia ‘Powton Sapphire Dragon’

Spring in the backyard, starring Paulownia ‘Powton Sapphire Dragon’

I have to admit I'm not really that fussed about big spring flower displays - my aim is to have happy plants in summer and autumn, when we spend a lot of time outside. But there are some plants that just go off like firecrackers in spring, and the paulownia is definitely the star of [...]

New growth

New growth

One of the pleasures of going away for a few days (or weeks) is coming back to all the changes in the garden. Especially when it's spring, and we've had some rain, and everything is budding and sprouting all over the place. The lime tree is coming back to life! Cistus (rock rose) Corymbia 'Summer [...]

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 [...]