Daylight Slaving!

It has been a beautiful week, culminating in a long weekend with temperatures in the early 30s. All a bit of a shock to the system, along with the advent of Daylight Saving time! We all felt the heat a bit (except for my Queenslander husband, who thought we were all being slightly wimpish!) and I really appreciated the benefits of having cool shady corners in the garden!!! My white azalea and Viburnum plicatum tomentosum are flowering well in the shady nook behind our love seat.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1412BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1411The warm days finished off the tulips and our amazing camellia, but brought on  my beautiful ‘White Caviar’ Magnolia (Magnolia figo X yunnanensis), which has had buds all Winter. I have been dying for them to open and it was well worth the wait! They smell divine!!!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1519BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1413BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1555The ranunculas are just about to open,  the cornflowers are in bud and the anemones are still producing new blooms. Like the camellia, they are excellent value in the garden! I love the clear colours and the fragility of the new Iceland poppies, as delicate and ephemeral as these beautiful dandelion clocks.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1379BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1562BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1563All the roses are in bud and two of the Soho roses are about to bloom – my bet is on Heaven Scent, followed by Lolita, then two of the new bare-rooted Old roses : Roseraie de l’Hay and Stanwell Perpetual, both superbly scented Species roses. We think (hope!) some of the peony poppies may have survived in the Soho bed, otherwise we are nurturing one very lucky weed!!!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1596BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.45.27Our climbing rose on the house, Chateau de Clos Vougeot, is in full bloom and I can’t wait to discover the identity of the other climbing rose, which is on the front wall (Ross will say ‘back wall’)  of the house!!! On the southern corner of the house, Green Goddess (Zantedeschia aethiopica) continues to delight.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1524BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1551This afternoon, we made two discoveries :  a Clivea flower, hiding in the grass – it took us completely by surprise, but now we know where it is, we can manage it better next year! And the paintbrush tip of a blue Dutch Iris in the cutting garden !BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 16.25.10BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 14.49.38The bamboo is starting to grow again and that tough old Banksia rose is sprouting madly and even throwing out the odd flower truss! It will be lovely when that corner regains its shady cover!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1526BlogDaylightslavg BG30%ReszdIMG_1595The broom on the fence outside the kitchen window is a brilliant yellow and its colour exudes sunshine and happiness!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1452BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1462The trees have almost regained their leaf cover. I love all the different greens and textures of the vegetation in our view from the verandah. Even the Cottonwood Poplar is starting to wear a fine green shawl of catkins. The apple trees have joined the crab apple in its blossom party, the Snowball tree (Viburnum opulus) is forming flower heads of great potential and the White Mulberry (Morus alba) has a huge crop of green fruit.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 14.36.07BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 16.54.37BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1387BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1384BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1428BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.22.54Ross has been very busy in the garden, watering, mulching, re-digging the Moon Bed and paving the last path in the cutting garden, so I could weed the anemones.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1559BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1421He is holding off planting the vegetable seedlings out until the cool change on Wednesday : red cabbages, lettuces, mixed capsicum and Heritage tomatoes from the market : 2 Tom Thumb cherry tomatoes, 2 slightly larger tomatoes : an orange gold Sun Ray and  a Welcome yellow and that prized French Heirloom tomato : Rouge de Marmande. We also have some Black Russian tomato seeds to plant, as well as ‘Burgundy Spray’ sunflowers! Here are some photos of our produce already.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1489BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1568However, the seed potatoes could be planted in the new no-dig bed, as well as the vegie garden – Désirée and our favourite Dutch Cream.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 17.01.27Ross experienced a strong sense of déjà vu  when we replaced the NSW Christmas Bush and Wheel-of-Fire, whose fresh Autumn growth had been badly burnt by our Winter frosts. Our new NSW Christmas Bush (Albery’s Red) has masses of flowers developing already!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1574BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1584BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1575BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1585We bought some Heliotrope ‘Lord Roberts’ to provide a beautiful deep purple carpet below my old white Tea rose Mrs. Herbert Stevens. I love the scent of this old-fashioned cottage garden favourite – it reminds me of vanilla icecream and Ross of his Auntie Maud ( a keen gardener herself ) and the old family homestead.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 14.45.37We also collected our 2 Coin Spotted Tree Ferns (Cyathea cooperi), which my daughter ordered for Ross for Father’s Day and which will be planted in the fernery between the loquat trees to shield the view of the car in the carport from the rainforest garden. These photos show before and after planting, as well as the fernery floor with its orchids and ferns. An oak tree has self-seeded below the loquat and is the succession plan for its protector!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.21.34BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.14.52BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.20.47BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.03.17We  bought a Lisbon Lemon from the market to replace the old one, which has struggled to recover after its severe crew cut with its few remaining leaves dying off one by one, so we decided to accept the inevitable and replace it now, rather than waste one month of Spring growth! When we pulled out the old lemon, we discovered it had an awful root ball – no wonder it never thrived!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.27.01 Our dear friend gave Ross a Pink Rock Orchid (Dendrobium kingianum) and a Black Passionfruit for his upcoming birthday. He was thrilled! We will plant the passionfruit vine on our neighbour’s fence behind the future glass-house, which should afford it a slight degree of protection from the frost. At least, we hope so! I have been up to some Secret Wives’ Business, but will show you the results next week, once he has opened his gifts! The first photo below is the gift; the second photo is the Lisbon Lemon with the Black Passionfruit, awaiting planting!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.39.36BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1597

We cut  all the old branches off the dead boundary privet on our side and worked out where we are going to put our compost heap . It will be 3 m long and 1 m deep, made of corrugated iron, with 3 bays (marked out in the photo by bricks). We will erect green shade cloth against the fence to hide it from the neighbour’s view. We planted a small Sweet Pittosporum behind it. It has a very sweet fragrance in Spring and will also disguise any bad smells! I am still on the search for a fragrant rhododendron for the house end of the compost bays.BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.49.34BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 16.24.23BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 16.16.10We had more visitors this week :BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.11.44One inquisitive Raven (below) inspecting the garden and checking up on the resident blackbirds above, who do a fine job keeping the bugs under control!;BlogDaylightslavg BG20%Reszd2015-10-05 15.19.29A pair of Fig Birds and a female Bower Bird sharing a drink at the bird bath;BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1363 Two Galahs and a Crimson Rosella also inspecting the lawn and garden progress;BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1298BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1301Three Black Cockatoos doing a Fly Over – even though this photo was taken into the sun, I still liked the effect! – as well as our  ultralight featured in my last post, who is obviously a local. On closer inspection, his ultralight canopy is red and black (not blue!);BlogDaylightslavg BG30%ReszdIMG_1581BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1457Oliver and Twist playing peek-a-boo from the verandah gutter;BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1319BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1322BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1335 And some old friends (of the human variety) from university days, as well as some new friends from the market, so I was busy making biscuits and slices, as well as beautiful Spring bouquets to grace the house. The new batch of home-made lime cordial went down a treat – I will include a recipe for it in December just in time for Christmas!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1465BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1470BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1480And we splashed out and bought ourselves a bright red wheelbarrow for the heavier duty work, as our poor old rusty one is pretty fragile these days ! It doesn’t take much to make us happy!!!BlogDaylightslavg BG20%ReszdIMG_1594


Late Winter

A sniff of Spring in the air in August with the melodious song of the Striated Pardalote from the Pepperina tree and the slowly lengthening days.Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-04 08.27.34Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-07-31 09.54.12The daphne blooms are browning off, but the pink violets are exploding everywhere. This is obviously their month ! The purple and deep purple violets continue their lengthy show.

Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-03 15.03.53Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-03 15.04.42The banksia rose and all the new bare-rooted roses are sending out fresh shoots and leaves. The birch sports lemon catkins and the Prunus, tiny white blossoms. and the pink buds on the Malus floribunda get bigger and bigger every day!Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-29 12.17.03Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-01 15.06.43Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-02 17.15.17Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-02 17.20.33We have had our first anemones (purple, blue, pale blue, red and white), cheerful golden Winter Sun daffodils and sweetly scented Paperwhite jonquils in the cutting garden. The Dutch iris and cornflowers are growing madly and the Iceland poppies have finally surfaced and are developing well.

Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-24 16.29.31Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-02 17.16.13Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-01 15.09.17Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-31 11.13.19Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-04 15.14.51Sadly, a wicked rabbit or bandicoot decided to munch into 6 of my tulip bulbs, just as they were peeping their heads up, so Ross immediately made a wire guard to protect them. I don’t think that tulips could be too palatable, as the raider spat out all the leaves ! Some of my unfortunate Peony poppies emerged in the Soho Bed after our early Spring rain- I only hope there is enough of them to seed well for next year !Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-28 15.20.04Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-04 15.21.16The forget-me-knots are flowering and all the Soho seedlings-the flowering sages, verbenas, catmint and lavenders are sending out fresh leaves, as are the Soho roses.Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_9085

When we were making the fernery, we discovered a huge pile of buried broken red bricks, so we used these to create 2 of the paths through the cutting garden and they look terrific and very rustic ! It makes it much easier to access the bulbs and weed the cutting garden.

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We also moved the bird bath, so we could see the visiting birds better (like these dear little  Eastern Spinebills) and transplanted the Galanthus to form a meandering border around it, as well as the japonicas and mauve lilac.Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-02 11.29.48Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_9084I found one of my favourite Japonica camellias, Nuccio’s Gem, at our local Mitre 10. I was thrilled as I had been constantly on the lookout for it, to no avail up until now. We planted it in honour of a dear friend , who has just lost her battle with cancer, under the apple tree, full of the chatter of King Parrots and bird song, near our shady loveseat nook (where we read on hot Summer days) and opposite the cutting garden. I think she would appreciate its position , as well as its perfect white formal blooms, as she was a very stylish lady, who loved people, books, gardens and singing. How I wish she could have seen this place, but she loved all our photos and descriptions.

The tiny little Flowering Currant and Viburnum are flowering valiantly and the Exochorda is covered in new leaf and buds- it should be a real show stopper over time. I only hope my puny little Philadelphus gets its act together soon, otherwise I may be tempted to buy a bigger shrub of it if I happened to see it in my travels !!!

But I’m afraid I was tempted big-time! An email arrived from Misty Downs, advertising their end-of -season sale with their bare-rooted roses at greatly reduced prices. So easily led astray, I made an executive decision without the restraining influence of my husband and ordered 11 roses, which were on my 2016 Wish List!!! My rationale is that since I would have bought them next year anyway, this way I’ve saved money and the plants have gained a year’s growth, compared to if I’d bought them next season! According to Ross, I’ve just blown the Citrus budget, but we already have the Lemonade Tree and I’m sure we will find a way to afford the cost of citrus in late Spring. Ironically, with all the lovely August rain, it looks like many of the rose cuttings from up north could well be successful! I hope so anyway !!!Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-03 15.04.17The roses arrived at the end of the month, so my favourite wombat has been madly digging holes! The exciting news is we will now have to build the Main Entrance Pergola this year for my favourite climbing Noisette, Mme Alfred Carriere , and Climbing Tea roses: Adam and Devoniensis. The last corner will grace an exquisite Bourbon rose, Souvenir de la Malmaison, or maybe a Dupontii or an Alba ( Alba Maxima or Alba Semi Plena – depending on which cuttings are successful! ) The steel posts mark the position of the future wooden pergola uprights.Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-28 15.16.24Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-28 15.15.57We also bought another climbing Tea, one of the best white Teas, Mrs Herbert Stevens, to climb beside Lamarque on the front wall of the house.Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-29 11.27.55We completed our David Austin Bed with Lucetta and William Morris and started our old fashioned heritage rose bed along the fenceline by the old shed with Tea roses: Countess Bertha (Duchesse de Brabant) and Archiduke Joseph, the unusual green China rose, loved by florists : Viridiflora, and an Alba : Maidens Blush. The Kordes rose, Maigold, will arch over the corner of the shed . While digging the holes for Archiduke Joseph and Maigold, Ross unearthed a 1922 penny and a very artistic looking rusty iron railing- treasure indeed !

Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-29 12.10.01With a final load of manure, the new vegie bed was ready for action, so we transplanted some of the old silver beet, which has taken on a new lease of life, as well as planting new broccoli and lettuce, for which Ross immediately designed and built 2 very impressive slim long wire guards.Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-24 16.30.40Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-29 12.19.40We planted bare-rooted raspberry canes-one of each type-late Summer fruiting varieties : Chilcotin and Chilliwack and an Autumn fruiting Heritage variety; 2 blueberries : Denise( early) and Brigitta(late) ; a Black Currant Bush for its fruit, cassis and black currant cordial and syrup, and lastly asparagus and rhubarb crowns. We sowed radish, carrot and rocket seed, all of which have come up.

Back on the patio outside the kitchen, we planted up long pots with herbs, both seeds and plants- Russian Tarragon, Flat leaf and Curly Parsley, Coriander, Marjoram, Basil and Chives.

Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-02 17.27.44Ross painted Scamp’s old dog food tins in pastel colours- pink, mauve, aqua, lime green and gold – to hold the beautiful bouquets I plan to sell, once the flowers finally establish themselves !

Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_8910We had more visitors and discovered the culinary sensations of local oysters and mussels, gathered straight off the rocks at Tathra, as well as the more unusual taste of sea urchins, collected off the sea floor off Merimbula Wharf by diving friends. They taste a bit like oysters with the creamy richness of scallops, but given the  effort involved in preparing the urchins, I suspect it will be a one-off experience!BlogFordHdld SliceHx 20%Reszd2015-08-11 18.57.42Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_8942I decorated a banana travel cake with pink and purple violets for our friends’ departure.Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_8953

Finally, and only because tomorrow is actually my youngest daughter’s birthday and she has already opened this present , I have been working on a lovely Yoko Saito embroidery design . You can see some of Yoko’s designs on : This patchwork panel consists of 9 different patches, each embroidered with a different dog or cat for my animal loving daughter. They are so cute and so simple- just outline stitch ( stem  stitch ), straight stitch and French knots – and they capture the essence of the animal perfectly. When the patches are stitched together, the panel is backed with batting and the seams are embroidered with a leafy vine, which takes ages to do, but looks fantastic. Yoko made this design as a quilted wall hanging, but having spent all morning hand-quilting one square – a first for me- I decided that really I preferred the non-quilted look and the effort involved was just not worth it, so I undid the quilting, then attached the patchwork panel to an antique rose patterned fabric, embroidered the vine around the bordering seam and then made it all into a cushion cover. She  LOVED  it !!! Happy Birthday Darling !!! xxxBlog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-01 08.56.53

Having finally caught up on the last 8 months of garden development and the start of our new life, tomorrow’s post is the official start of Candelo Blooms as it will appear in the future! I plan to hopefully manage at least one blog post a week ( though it could be more depending on the week’s activities) and will chronicle all the current garden projects, developments and dreams (as well as what is in bloom), our creative endeavours (both culinary and crafty ) and all that inspires us- including our beautiful local scenery; our dear little adoptive village Candelo; local events; our wonderful local birdlife and nature (even the weather!), internet or library discoveries and the work of fellow bloggers- the list is endless !!! Happy reading ! I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have so far!Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-09-01 14.06.41Blog LateWinter20%ReszdIMG_9079PS  I can’t resist some more photos of our beautiful camellia!!!Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-26 16.47.39Blog LateWinter20%Reszd2015-08-26 16.47.45