It has been a busy month both in the garden and socially. The beautiful Snowflake bush, after almost 4 months, has finally stopped flowering. Now it was time for it’s drastic prune. Every year it is pruned well back as it is such a prolific grower. The cuttings are all mulched and added to the ever growing pile of compost. (take note of the scruffy lawn!)Now I can see through to the rest of the garden.
In the first week of July we had 22mm of rain, what a relief, as the second week we were going away to the beautiful Tyalgum valley to an art retreat. Leaving the garden and all the pots and vegetables to care for themselves.Since the last 2 art get aways ( Grafton in April and Alice Springs last year) I have become hooked on this style of art learning. This week was even better, with a friendly and enthusiastic group of artists. Fantastic food and well organised. This is breakfast buffet each morning.Extremely talented artists, Barry and Lucy McCann, to teach and guide us as we all produced our works of art. These are mine…
It was then back home and into the next stage of our garden make-over.
We have decided to get rid of the lawn, so first job was to lay weed mat.Then 5 cubic metres of coarse cedar bark chips is delivered. That is a daunting heap…But over the next 3 days we steadily spread it around. Finally, yesterday it was mission accomplished…
Watch this space we have plenty of other plans…
So how did the rest of the garden go while we were away.
The back garden veggie plot is looking abundant, the tomatoes, notice they are planted in rubbish bins, are well on the way to supplying tomatoes and we have already eaten one of the Lebanese Cucumbers. Plenty of herbs and more silver beet, spinach and radishes than I can keep up with. Carrot seeds have just emerged and bok choy, capsicum, lettuce and chillies are waiting their turn to be planted out.
In the flower department spring is definitely in the air as the azaleas burst into flower. Jack takes time to meditate as his small, quirky blues band watch on.
Here are some of the other flowers showing their colours at the moment
There has been no more rain this month, so with just a total of 22mm in the first week, I am now having to water the pots and garden beds every second day.
As usual the month has raced by. One more month of winter, then it will be spring and with the incredibly hot summer in the northern hemisphere I wonder what is in store for us.