Changing Season : August 2019

August definitely lived up to its reputation as the driest month of the year with a mere 5mm of rain. Thankfully we have a spear pump and it was in regular use this month. It has also been the warmest August on record with the temperatures regularly 2-6 degrees above the “norm”. A sure sign of climate change. Glorious weather for a tourist city but sad for the garden. But with the regular watering and tender loving care the garden has burst into spring in all its abundance.panorama_9656x4008

august garden birds 072_5184x3888Last year I struggled to grow Paper Daisies, but this year in the new, sun filled area created by taking the golden cane palms down a couple of months ago, they are thriving.

Along the driveway the annual phlox and crucifixion orchids put on a dazzling display.

In a shady corner the vibrant and cheerful faces of the polyanthus delight me, backed by white primula and brilliant blue cineraria.

A very scruffy bottlebrush was given a major prune. Can you see the stump? That’s letting more morning sun in and the nasturtiums are loving the extra light and taking over this area and filling it with colour.

Another two areas have been cleared of the bromeliads, that were so useful in the shady garden, and continuing on with the cottage garden theme I have built up the beds with lots of compost and planted courgettes in one and climbing beans in the other.

The tomatoes are doing so well, but, one morning on my rounds, I found tomatoes that had been nibbled. Oh dear. So I covered them with bird netting. Jack put a perch up and we fastened a couple of tomatoes to it, and waited.august garden birds 065_3888x5184

We were delighted to see two beautiful King Parrots arrive for breakfast. So now we happily supply them with a feed every day and they leave the rest of the tomatoes alone.august garden birds 133_3340x2764We have a bevy of birds turn up every morning and join us for breakfast. Butcher bird, Kookaburras, Pee-wees, and on the highest TV antenna these three magpies serenade us like black and white Andrew Sisters…

Meanwhile in the back garden the raised veggie plot flourishes. Being near the garden hose it is easy to take care of and often needs watering twice a day. The prediction is for a hot and dry spring.

A final gallery of how the garden grows during the last month of winter.

Looking through the upstairs bedroom window, before the Frangipani starts to get its new leaves, gives an overview of the front garden.august garden birds 002_5184x3888

It has been a perfect month ( except for lack of rain) The temperatures have been in the mid 20’s but with no humidity, yet, and night temps have been 10-12 degrees, so comfortable for a good nights sleep.


I’m so pleased Su of “Zimmerbitch” runs this “Changing Seasons” challenge as it prompts me to try and keep a record of each month. I can go back to last year and see what was happening 12 months ago.



  1. Your garden is looking wonderful Pauline. The radical changes you made have paid off in spades. Wish I could send you some rain; we have an over-abundance. August was our wettest month on record — but a relief from what had been the driest winter recorded. Gotta love climate change.

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  2. I absolutely love your garden and am happy you have been able to keep everything watered and cared for. The flowers are thanking you, I am sure. I love all your flowers and your paper daisies are awesome. I’ve always loved how these flowers feel. You are so kind to your guests, as well, by putting out some breakfast for them to enjoy. So very kind. Climate change certainly hasn’t been very kind to so many that is certain. We, here in Washington State, have had a very odd Summer. It hasn’t been hot all Summer but so little rain and temps that climb and drop and climb again. Makes one feel as though they are on an amusement park ride. I am hoping Winter, which is now quickly approaching, is not one that is too cold. We will see. Hope you and your husband are well.

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    • Thank you Renee for your lovely comment. Yes the weather is now so unpredictable. We now have terrible Bush fires roaring through the hinterland behind us, fuelled by wild winds. Winter has just ended so it is very early for the bush fire season to be starting. Yes the paper daisies are lovely, and last so long as cut flowers.

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  3. You have such a beautiful garden, it inspires me whenever you post. What are the purple flowers with your paper daisies? I like your idea to feed birds but keep them away from your tomatoes 🙂

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  4. Your garden is soo different than it was a year ago, much more open and light, but probably less tropical? Or at least less jungly. I am amazed at how many plants you have in flower at the end of your winter that we only see here in the summer months. I have missed your posts so I am very glad that you still do this one each month so I can indulge in the delight of your lovely garden.

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    • Thank you for calling by and leaving a lovely comment Jude. Yes it is very different from a year ago and it is still a work in progress. I hope to have the native plants filling the garden by next year, but still have to fill the gaps with annuals and veggies. I wonder if I will regret the decision now that the weather is turning hot and dry and we are only into the first week of spring with horrendous Bush fires raging out of control through the hinterland being fuelled by strong winds there is no sign of relief.

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  5. Goodness, even the birds are scary! That plumeria looks rad. I do not grow them here, but they are quite happy in the Los Angeles area. When I was kit, those paper daisies were one of the main cut flower crops in the neighborhood. That was in Montara, on the coast of San Mateo County.

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