Changing Seasons : August 2018…

This is the last month of winter and it has been so dry, no rain since April and then it was only a token amount. The daytime temperatures have been a very pleasant mid 20’sC constantly above the average of 20C to 22C for this time of the year, but the night-time temperatures have plummeted to record lows often below 10C and the lowest down to a shivery 4C for a few nights. The sky has been cloudless and a perfect cerulean blue. With no humidity this is, weather wise, my favourite month.

The garden has had a major make over. Back in June (see here) we pruned back the large paperbark tree and drastically thinned out the golden cane palms, taking 3 of them right out. Overnight the garden changed from a shady tropical/rain forest style to a garden flooded with sun and light. I could now follow my dream of creating a native/cottage style garden.

July was spent taking out, relocating, giving away or composting the shade loving, tropical plants that previously dominated the garden. IMG_4958This corner was filled with easy care bromeliads. Out they came to be given to friends and neighbours and I planted a group of natives. Small Grevillea, Ozmanthus, Correa and Kangaroo Paw. To fill the gaps until these shrubs take up the space I have planted annuals. Now I can sit on this seat and watch the garden grow… august garden 014_3000x4000

Notice how bright and sunny it is. So the month passes getting drier and drier and I had to water all the new plants daily.

This is another new area. This gets some shade in the morning but full afternoon sun and this has a new Grevillea, “Peaches and Cream” and it has just produced its first flower. What a delicate beauty it is.

Along the driveway I have planted pelargoniums and alyssum to create a cottage garden look.

So every day I hope for rain. But at least I can water the garden as we put in a spear pump in 2000 when the 10 year drought took hold.

Then on Friday night I was woken at 2am to the sound of torrential rain. It was a glorious sound and it kept going all night. Next morning 10mm was in the gauge. But, to my joy, it kept raining all weekend and by Monday morning a beautiful 50mm had soaked the garden and filled the rain water tank. The plants were radiant, sparkling and bedecked with raindrop jewels. august garden 004_4000x3000

The pony tail palm is making a real feature now the other palms that shaded it have been cut down and its fronds were jewel encrusted too. On Saturday. after the rain had started, I spent the day giving the beds their spring feed of Dynamic Lifter fertilizer and a covering of sugar cane mulch. So now the garden will not need watering again for a while and I am happy that it will be ok when we go away for a couple of weeks.

Here is a gallery of some of the other plants flowering this month… blue tongue garden 037_4000x3000

blue tongue garden 023_4000x3000And I’m happy to report bluey is now a regular visitor.

So that is August, came in dry and goes out wet, and in 3 days time spring will be here.


Su Leslie of “Zimmerbitch” is hosting a monthly challenge “changing seasons” were she invites you to share the changing seasons in your part of the world, or something that means July Pop over to see the rules of this monthly challenge.



    • We used to have a gardening show announcer who always finished his programme by saying “well that’s your blooming lot” he was a pommie too… I’m really looking forward for the plants to get bigger, but you can’t rush these things….

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  1. Your garden is so lovingly created, and so beautiful. I love the bromeliads, and the “jewel-encrusted” flowers after the rain. What is that pale coral inverted bell flower? It is so gorgeous. I’ve never seen a flower like that before. I’m so glad you got a lot of rain to make your garden sparkle. 🙂

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    • That plant is a succulent, I’m not sure of the name, I can’t remember where I got it from. So many plants are from friends who also got it from a friend so the name is lost in the history of the plant.
      I’ll be thinking of you this weekend as you take off on your exciting pilgrimage, safe travels and good health. Take care, you are going to be weighed down with all us blogging buddies in your bag… 🤗👍


  2. Oh I am so enjoying watching your garden develop with all the hard work you and Jack are doing. And I’m really glad the rain arrived when it did and filled the tank. Beautiful photos Pauline.

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    • Yes we were lucky, I think we were one of the areas that got the most. All gone now though, but the garden is beautifully watered and I’ve mulched it’s should be ok when we go away

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  3. A glorious garden, Pauline! And I recognize the joy of hearing the rain…Those big rosettes, are they tree aeoniums? I picked one in Spain and had it going…but it died this summer. I thought it would love the heat, but as I kept it indoors, it might have been too much for it.
    Glad the blue guest is still with you!

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  4. Your garden looks so bright and sunny and so much bigger too. Love the idea of a native cottage garden, even though I am trying to avoid the English cottage garden look! You have so many beautiful plants. And in those temperatures I could certainly survive your winters! No rain! It’s not the cold I dislike about our winters, but the interminable greyness of the days squeezed in between the dark mornings and dark evenings. Give me blue skies, sunshine and cold temperatures any day!

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  5. So good to hear you finally had some decent rain. I like the way you have converted your garden to a dry garden. It looks rather similar to the garden I made at my old house. I used a lot a succulents too but didn’t have so many palms. I like that you are including so many flowers. The bees must really love your place.

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    • Previously the garden was mainly foliage and shades of green, not many flowers. So I am really looking forward to the cottage garden look with lots of flowers and colour. Yes the bees and butterflies are going to love it

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  6. Your zonal geranium looks just like mine! I do not know what it is. It might be a straight species. I got it from a trash pile when I was a kid, and have been growing cuttings of it since then. I do not like the color much, but I have been growing it for so long that I can not give up on it now.
    That pony tail palm looks silly. Bluey looks like a dinosaur.


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