The Festive Season 2017

It has been a wonderful festive season with the return of my daughter from Berlin for three weeks and long-awaited visits from old friends to relaxing lunches and beach trips on the warmer days, as well as plentiful rain, resulting in a blowsy overgrown garden, full of colour!BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-15 17.43.06BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-08 08.39.13OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA While the roses are taking a break, except for the wonderfully generous Archiduc Joseph, the sunflower patch has been prolific and the honeysuckle has scaled the side fence.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlogFestiveSeason2517-12-16 09.10.54OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe self-seeded pumpkin, tree dahlia and tree salvia are also heading to the heavens, the latter never missing a beat after its transplantation from the Moon Bed, and a remnant kiwi fruit vine hitching a ride on the tree dahlia!BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-12 08.44.18BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-13 08.42.31Here is a sample of the plants in bloom this Summer:

Roses:

Left to Right and Top to Bottom:

Heritage, Archiduc Joseph (2 photos), Ice Girl, William Morris and The Children’s Rose:

White: Gardenias; Hydrangeas; and Madonna Lilies:

Purples and Pinks: Buddleias, Poppies, Hydrangeas, Geraniums, Bergamot and Dahlias;

Golds and Reds: Dahlias and Calendulas; Meadow Lea Dahlia and Gladioli; Ladybird Poppies and Alstroemeria; Red Dahlia and Pomegranate; and Sunflowers.

Hopefully, the flowers of the pomegranate will develop into fruit! We have had a wonderful fruit season with raspberries for breakfast every morning and now strawberries and plums.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlogFestiveSeason2517-12-08 15.45.47BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-13 08.02.43BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-02 13.00.44BlogFestiveSeason2517-11-29 11.37.43We have also been harvesting the chamomile flowers daily to dry for a relaxing tea.BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-02 15.07.20BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-08 15.46.22 We only just caught the wild plums (photo above) in time after a mini-raid by a party of hungry Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos and are now watching the ripening of the purple plums with eagle eyes, in case they suffer the same fate!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlogFestiveSeason2517-12-12 08.55.19 We are similarly vigilant with the apples (third photo), though the cockatoos have not yet discovered our Golden Hornet crab apples (first and second photos).BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-21 11.42.30BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-07 09.09.18OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Elder tree (Sambucus) is also growing fast and has blossomed for the first time. I look forward to using the flowers in future years to make elderflower cordial!BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-13 08.44.36Here are some photos of the local inhabitants of the garden:

A blue-tongued lizard sunbaking; a butterfly resting and another butterfly feasting on a buddleia flower; and a happy snail exploring after rain :BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-04 09.42.27BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-04 08.53.00BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-08 15.42.58BlogFestiveSeason5017-12-02 13.02.37And the birds: Huge flocks of very noisy Little Corellas (photos 1 and 2), who wake us up every morning at 5 am (!); and a pair of Crimson Rosellas, grazing in the Soho Bed:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlogFestiveSeason2517-12-23 18.04.09OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith all the wonderful colour in the garden, I have been spoilt for choice and have revelled in making beautiful bouquets for the house! Here is a bucket of freshly-cut blooms, ready for arranging!BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-24 07.48.37From simple blue agapanthus to a single rose bloom (Lucetta):

Soft Pinks and Purples:BlogFestiveSeason2517-11-30 11.11.46BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-16 15.00.16BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-20 07.55.54And bright golds, oranges, reds and purples: BlogFestiveSeason2517-11-30 11.22.09BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-16 14.28.15BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-07 09.43.54BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-09 16.20.39-4BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-16 15.01.40To the vibrant colours of the Christmas table:BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-24 08.41.30BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-24 08.12.18Other creative pursuits included home-made Christmas gifts: a spectacle case for my Mum:BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-13 08.46.18 and a table runner for my friend Heather to compliment the set of Russian vintage wooden folk art spoons, which I found for her!BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-04 17.35.51 We have also been loving the musical sessions with both my daughters, who are keen musicians and composers. Here is a photo of my youngest Caro playing at Bodalla Dairy.BlogFestiveSeason2517-12-10 14.31.30I will finish with a photo of our beautiful Christmas Tree!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your New Year!

13 thoughts on “The Festive Season 2017

  1. Oh my! That dragon! Well, besides that problem, your garden is so remarkably colorful while most everyone else here in the Northern Hemisphere is in winter. We don’t have much winter, but we get enough to slow the color down a bit.
    There seems to be different agapanthus there than we get here. They seem to have more dense flowers, with plumper florets.

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    1. He’s a beauty, isn’t he? And quite harmless, except to snails, slugs, caterpillars and beetles, which he eats, the true gardener’s friend! However, we would still sometimes get a fright when we were not expecting him. I felt quite sorry for him as every time we walked down to the garden, we would disturb his sun baking and he would dash back into his hole in the corner of the steps, but he has since found a new home in an old plastic drain pipe in a quieter part of the garden. Interesting about the agapanthus, though I must admit we don’t really give ours much attention! Maybe, your agapanthus get more water and tender loving care!!! They have invasive tendencies here, but they do have very attractive flowers!

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      1. Beautiful?! I think I would move if he showed up in my neighborhood!
        Our agapanthus live out in roadway medians without any maintenance. They get planted where not much else would grow. They are quite tough. They just seem to have different floral structure.

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      2. They might not win beauty prizes, but they are fascinating creatures! One of the largest lizards in Australia (over 30 cm), there are six native species. These slow gentle giants are very long-lived (20 to 30 years old) and are unusual for lizards, in that they bear their young live 3 to 4 months after mating (most lizards lay eggs). Gardens with resident Blue-Tongues are very fortunate, as these skinks provide excellent slug and snail control and are even said to keep away snakes, though I suspect the latter is an urban myth, as snakes will also eat them!

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  2. Oh I haven’t popped over to see you for a while Jane. Your garden is loooking beautiful! Whilst we have dark (from 3.30pm until 6.30am) and a brown, lifeless garden with frost, yours is so full of colour and light! I’m loving the differences and similarities….you have a lizard and I have a hedgehog! You have flocks of exotic birds and I have a pair of wood pidgeons. Then the plants….many,many I love that you have too such as the roses, dahlias and the poppies. It’s interesting that you have sunflowers, fruits and also poppies whilst I see the fruits and sunflowers coming much later in my garden that the poppies. Lovely post Jane. Have a super Christmas. Xxx

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    1. Thank you Sophie! I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. It’s good we can sustain each other during our long cold Winters! Hedgehogs are so cute- our nearest equivalent is the echidna, but they don’t tend to live in the garden, unless you live out in the bush! While I love our cockatoos, I’m quite looking forward to the peace and quiet once the corella party crowd move on just after their New Year celebrations in Candelo!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and All our Best Wishes for 2018! xxx

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