Wow! What a season we are having! Another week of wonderful nitrogen-rich rain and 183 mm ( over 7 inches) for November so far!!! Not so good perhaps for the sodden blooms, but fantastic for the growth of new shrubs! We have also had an explosion in the snail population and have discovered all the leaks in the house.Candelo Creek is full of water for once. The Silky Oaks are looking superb at the moment!The red dahlia is spectacular and the gold dahlia is forming buds.The NSW Christmas bush is turning red, while the bottlebrush is in full bloom. Lady’s Mantle holds her raindrops like jewels and the Tree Fern is sending out new spiral fronds.The Acanthus and Convovulus are still beautiful. Blue Rosalie geranium blooms alongside the rose-scented geranium and the white lilies are in full bud.The cornflowers have collapsed under the weight of their blooms and all the rain, so are now propped up with tomato stakes!The Soho bed is looking so lush and bountiful!The peony poppies are spectacular. I love everything about them – their winding buds, their luscious blooms, their colour, their artistic pods of future promise! The bees love them too!The thyme carpet around the sundial is growing madly.The David Austin roses in the Moon Bed are all blooming : Jude the Obscure (photos 1 and 2); Windermere (photos 3 and 4); Lucetta (photos 5 and 6);William Morris (photos 7 and 8);Copper Queen (gold) contrasts well with the mauve spires of the catmint and blue Salvia. The Children’s Rose (pink) is so generous with its blooms. In the shed garden, Maiden’s Blush (white) is finally blooming.I love this time of year, as I can pick flowers for the house again!
- A bouquet of wayward Cornflowers;
- Fresh herbs : Parsley going to seed and Chocolate Mint, which badly needed pruning to allow the fresh shoots to come through;
- Lolita (orange), Mr.Lincoln (red) and Children’s Rose (pink) with Catmint;
- A smaller vase of divinely scented Mr Lincoln and Children’s Rose, again with Catmint;
- A blowsy gold arrangement of Hybrid Teas : Copper Queen (gold) and Just Joey (salmon) and David Austins : Troilus (cream) and Golden Celebration (gold), contrasting with the mauve Catmint and blue Flowering Salvia.
- And lastly, a photo of last week’s Acanthus, just to show you how long the blooms have lasted! Incredibly good value!!!
The major job this week was the installation of a new garden arch over the front gate onto the laneway. Our climbing Cecile Brunner is bounding ahead and desperately needed a supporting arch! We cleared heaps of ivy, then hammered in short star pickets to reinforce each leg of the arch. It is going to look wonderful when it is fully covered by this sweet little pink rose!My daughter and her boyfriend are visiting this week on the first leg of their exciting Australian adventure. I can now finally reveal some of the projects I finished a few weeks ago in preparation for their arrival.Their combi van will be their home for the next year, so I made them a large cushion, based on a child’s map of Australia (since my daughter is a primary school teacher) and backed with a fabric with a vintage world map design (since they are both keen travellers!) By clicking on the photo below, see if you can find 13 plants, 31 animals (including 10 birds), 12 agricultural enterprises, 10 mining areas and 29 famous landmarks or events. There are 4 major rivers, 6 major rocks and mountains, 2 major rail routes, 7 capital cities (red dot), 29 major cities and regional towns (purple dot) and 4 special places (green or pink dot)!
I also made them a travelogue from a pattern I found in a library book called : ‘Creating Paper Crafts’ by Labeena Ishaque. See : https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Creating_Papercrafts.html?id=TSmekEOelmsC&redir_esc=y. I covered it again with a child’s map of Australia on the front and a world map on the back and included blank paper, tracing paper and graph paper. Because the holes all lined up differently, the pages needed recutting on the top edge and the end result certainly wasn’t perfect, but by the time the pages are full, any defects will be covered over, so I’m not unduly concerned! I also glued more maps on the inside of the covers.Finally, I printed out hard copy of her travel blog so far and assembled it in a yellow folder. She writes so beautifully and her boyfriend’s photos are superb, so I look forward to following them on their adventures around our wonderful continent on https://exploreadventurediscover.wordpress.com/.
While I often like to make a complementing card, I could not have done better than these 2 Christmas cards, which I found in our local newsagent- both so perfect, I could not choose between them, so my daughter and her boyfriend will get one each!!!Here are some photos of our intrepid travellers!
We also had quite a few avian visitors
: a flock of pink galahs, feeding on the ripe Duranta berries: A magpie on the verandah, a mother magpie with her insistent starving baby and another very quiet magpie searching for worms in the fernery.
: And a flock of Musk Lorikeets feasting in the Bottlebrush on our laneway.