Spring is just around the corner and I can barely wait! Every day, I pop down to the garden at least three times to check on its progress and any new developments!
The days are very slowly lengthening, but we still get the odd sharp frost to remind us not to get ahead of ourselves and remove any protective mulch or hessian! The days have been just beautiful with stunning sunrises, followed by clear blue sunny skies. New leaf is starting to form on the quince tree (photo below) and roses in anticipation and the Spring bulbs are starting to appear.
I love my little treasure garden in the rockery beside the steps. Photos from all angles…!!! The Paper Daisies, Coconut Ice Pink and English primroses are all in full bloom and have been joined by miniature Tête à Tête daffodils, grape hyacinth and now a royal blue hyacinth! The violets behind them are still in full bloom and have even started colonizing the steps down to the garden. In the Cutting Garden, the Paperwhite Zivas have been joined by Erlicheer Jonquils, fragrant Golden Dawn and Double Daffodil, Wintersun. The Bokassa Gold tulips are in full glory, having started the month as a closed elegant bud, gradually colouring, then opening to a beautiful golden goblet, which looks magnificent when it catches the sun! The little species tulips (photos 2 & 3) and Grandma’s Freesias (photo 1) are also in bud and the leaves of last year’s tulips (photo 4) are growing madly, though I suspect their blooms will not quite match those of last Spring! We also still have snowdrops (photo 1) and snowflakes (photos 2 and 3).
The hellebores are also persisting, despite the nasty tactics of the bowerbirds, who like to behead both hellebore and erlicheer blooms! Quite distressing, as they are still such precious specimens- I am so looking forward to the day when I have masses of hellebores and snowflakes like my neighbour’s garden, so that the odd discarded bloom doesn’t matter!!! Other plants booming in the garden include : Wallflowers in the Soho Bed; Daphne and Winter Honeysuckle, whose flowering season issadly drawing to a close;Pink Diosma and red Lady X Grevillea; the red Japonica;A few early flowers of the crab apple tree nearby;A stunning new orange daisy; and of course, the loyal camellias!So, there has still been enough flowering for the odd Winter vase. The Spring sap rising and new bulbs has revitalized my creative juices as well and I have just made 6 delightful tiny cushions to celebrate the imminent arrival of Spring! We have also been very busy in the garden: Pruning buddleias; Thinning Peony Poppy Seed, though we have a way to go! We must have had a 100 percent strike rate! The crates in the background of the first photo below will form a new compost heap in the same position;
Weeding the Soho Bed; Here are before and after shots! And planting new vegies, as well as making long wire guards to protect them from the ravages of the bowerbirds! Little did they realize about the treasures beneath the soil! The Crimson Rosellas have also been enjoying the Soho Bed and the lawn. A very tame pair of Grey Thrush have taken up residence in the garden, delighting us with their friendliness, inquisitive nature and beautiful melodic song! They seem to have struck a deal with the resident blackbirds, sharing the sundial and birdbath. Other visitors to the bird bath include a Willy Wagtail and a Lewin Honeyeater.A large mixed flock of silvereyes and fairy wrens have been doing laps of the garden, investigating all the new leaf and gobbling up any insects they can find!We have also had King Parrots and even Carrier Pidgeons! Perhaps they were delivering the message of Spring! I’m looking forward to more concrete evidence in September!!!