When I opened the back door yesterday the acrid smell of smoke drifted in. The first fire of the season was raging last night in the northern parts of the Gold Coast. Fortunately it was quickly under control. But it is a sign that summer is almost here.
On a happier note, with the virus seemingly under control, our borders are cautiously opening to allow some of our southern neighbors to visit, and we can travel into some of the southern NSW areas. After being cancelled twice just maybe we will get to go to the art retreat in Tyalgum as it is a village in the now opened area.
We have also had a couple of garden orientated outings in the past month. One to Nielsen’s a specialist native garden nursery that I have been longing to visit for months. I was overwhelmed with the choice of plants, and drooled over the selection. Eventually choosing some Grevilleas, Leptospermum, a Prostanthera, a smoke bush and a finger lime. I’m nursing them along and as soon as the annuals have finished flowering they will be taking their place in the garden. Watch this space.
Another outing was to the beautiful open garden, Tani Tei En Japanese garden, on a 4.4ha property in the Currumbin Valley. A delightful day spent wandering around the immaculately presented property along with hundreds of others.
It is home to thousands of species of plants and has a cantilevered tea house, lake, small waterfall, a rain forest area, even a crocodile lurking on an island in the middle of the lake, lots of sculptures and, of course, cherry trees in full blossom.
So to our garden. My favourite time, the temperatures hover in the mid 20’s, cooler nights and no humidity. A great time for working in the garden and the plants all put on a spurt of growth. The Silky Oak has grown from a tiny 20 centimetre seedling bought at a garden show sales table, back in 1998, to a towering, giant of a tree, about as tall as a 4 story apartment building. It is a member of the Grevillea family, Grevillea Robusta, and the native birds love it.
Flocks of Little Corellas descend on it in the late afternoon, squawking and squabbling for the best position. It is definitely a star attraction in the bird world. But the star of the show in the garden this month is the Dendrobian Speciosum-The Sydney Rock Orchid
It is not long lasting, but the scent is overpowering, especially in the evening, a haunting, sweet and musky fragrance, the bees love it and so do I.
I love to go out in the early morning to wander around and enjoy the bountiful season that is mid spring. Come with me for a look around.
Along the road frontage the bottle brush is making a good show this year.Last year it sulked, I think I pruned it too late. The nasturtiums are busily taking possession of all the area they can, and the geraniums love this sunny place.
Last month I started a new veggie patch and it is starting to produce courgettes at an alarming rate, with peas and beans taking off also. I am trying one more tomatoe in this area. When I had them planted in the back garden something ate them all. Then I tried putting a cherry tomatoe among the flowers in the front, driveway bed. They found that as well. So, fingers crossed, we will get a crop from this plant.
The plant under wraps is an egg plant,something had started to nibble it, but I got to it in time and put it under netting, and so far it seems to have foiled them.
So it has been a productive month. Here is a gallery of some other things flowering this month.
Su Of “Zimmer Bitch” does a fantastic job of hosting this monthly challenge. I find it is an excellent way of recording our gardens growth over the year, and now, having been part of this challenge for 3 years, I can look back to see the changes. But it is a flexible format and you can adjust it to suit your needs. Go over to Su’s place to check it out.