Changing Seasons : February 2020

What a month it has been, after the horrendous bushfires in large parts of Australia from September, finally, this month, the rains came and put out the fires. But then the rain just kept on keeping on, floods spread through many areas, but the good news it filled dams and ended the drought in many outback areas.

I looked up the average rainfall statistics for this area in February. Collected from 1981 to 2010. The average was 173mm fell over 10 days spread through the month.

My rain gauge recorded, for this month,ย 20 days of rain with a total of 564mm

This is the third year I have been recording monthly “changing seasons” so I checked back. Here is 2018, and 2019. I’d forgotten but both those years had significant “weather events”.

So what has been happening in the garden? Well not much actually, it has been either too wet or too hot and humid. So just very basic maintenance. A walk around each morning, maybe pull the occasional weed and just watch the garden grow. And grow it did, after the rain it became a jungle and this coming month it will be a major pruning time…

garden nimbin uki 053_5184x3888The tropical blue ginger is coming into flower. But can you see those vines wrapping around it?…feb garden 018_3000x4000They are Star Jasmine and the vine is running riot all through this border… A tricky job to get in and prune it back under nimbin uki 027_5184x3888The new rockery is taking shape. With a double red Desert Rose in the pot and succulents around the base of the pot I hope they can survive the full day sun in this area.feb garden 045_4000x3000I did make a start with pruning, trimming back this Murraya shrub so we could sit on the seat. I’d love you to join me…

This bed, on the left, was dominated by colourful annuals last year, but now the natives I planted as small seedlings last year, are starting to take over. In the right hand photo is a new area (it had veggies in it) but now has a new Grevillia called Billie Bonkers supported by that bamboo stake

Finally here are some of the tropical beauties flowering at the moment..

Now summer is over and we move into Autumn. This is my favourite time of the year and I hope it will live up to my expectations.

Next week we fly to Sydney for a birthday break and I’m planning a lunch cruise on the Sydney harbour. A long way to go for lunch…


Sue Leslie hosts “the changing season” challenge each month. Pop over to see her she has some lovely sculptures to show you.


    • Lovely to have you visit Lani. We were lucky that the rain didnโ€™t cause flooding in our area. Fingers crossed that the weather settles down now. But being Australia thereโ€™s bound to be something to challenge us around the corner

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  1. What a delightful way to spend a birthday, Pauline! Have a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll have earned it, looking at all that work to do in your garden. I’d love to just sit on that bench and chat to you.

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  2. That’s a heck of a lot of rainfall Pauline … but your garden seems to bounce back ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ Your records are worthwhile keeping .. it’s all too easy to forget some aspects of the season as the year passes .
    Have a wonderful time in Sydney … what a birthday treat that is ๐Ÿ’•
    You’ll need a bigger bench if that invite still stands . Budge up everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • As I get older my memory is not so sharp on details, photos certainly help.looking forward to Sydney, have mask will travel…. we have plenty of benches scattered around, room for all….

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  3. Pauline, your garden always brings me great joy. Iโ€™d love to sit on that bench for a long time just soaking in the atmosphere, although with all the rain youโ€™ve had I might be soaking in more than atmosphere. ๐Ÿ˜‰. When is your birthday (or maybe your husbandโ€™s)? My husbandโ€™s is today, March 1 and mine is the 15th. What a good birthday month! Enjoy your birthday trip.


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  4. Haha… Poppy is right, you are going to need a bigger bench! What a jungle you have created, full of wonderful plants that we mostly only see in a glasshouse. Does the blue ginger have a fragrance? Enjoy your lunch cruise on the harbour, that sounds like a great way to celebrate the day and you can have a sneaky peek at all those expensive houses on the waterfront. Happy birthday to you and Jack, wishing you many happy days ahead.

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  5. Everything looks so lush and healthy, Pauline. And the colours! Just gorgeous. Your amount of rain was a lot different from our 54 mm spread over a week or so. I hope you enjoy your birthday and that you get one of those sparkling blue Sydney days for it. Have fun!
    PS Iโ€™m a Piscean too!

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  6. Your garden looks so wonderful and lush. I like looking back over your posts and seeing how much it’s changed. Enjoy your trip to Sydney. T and I are going to Christchurch for much the same reason this weekend and really looking forward to it.

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  7. Always lovely to have a guided tour round your garden, Pauline. Thank you!
    Happy Birthday! I hope the weather cooperates so you can enjoy your trip to Sydney and lunch around the harbour! ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  8. Blue ginger is rad! My colleague had been wanting to grow it since he was a kid, and just last summer, found it in a nursery right nearby! Of course he got two, so I could grow it too. I know how that works. By the time I get to Los Angeles, he will have planted both in the garden, or given one away. I will just take a piece of his. It will not survive frost here anyway, so must be potted.
    Star jasmine was both a ground cover out by the road, and a climbing vine on an iron banister at my former home in town years ago. I really enjoyed it; but it all went bad after I relocated, and so-called ‘gardeners’ started experimenting on it with their remarkably creative techniques of torture. It really looks horrid now.


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