Changing Seasons : September 2020

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.  138_5184x3888

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.001_3888x5184


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

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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.september garden 001_5184x3888016_5184x3888

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.


    • We had a delicious lunch at the cafe with the water dragons running around our feet… The garden used to be part of, the sadly now missed, open garden scheme. They just open for 2 days once a year.


    • I love this time of the year Tish, before the humidity and high temps hit us. Sadly this morning the critter has breeched the protective measures, nibbled through the netting and had a feed of the largest of the eggplants… grrrr,

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  1. That orchid is fabulous, Pauline! 🙂 🙂 You must have to be ever vigilant with a garden that size.
    Good to know you’ve been able to get out and about to such beautiful places. Good for the soul 🙂 Things seem to be going backwards in the UK. I despair of it all.

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    • Don’t have many open gardens these days so it was really special to visit one. My friend I’ve know since school days, lives in UK and she despairs of it too. She’s getting ready to go back into isolation again, it is so worrying. Hope you are staying safe and well Jo 🤗🥂


  2. Your garden is gorgeous and filled with so many beautiful flowers. Thanks for taking us along to the Japanese Tea garden. That cherry blossom tree was so pretty!

    I hope the Eggplant bush continues to do well and get some yummy fruits from it this season.

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  3. I absolutely love your photos of the Japanese garden; someplace I’d really like to visit one day.

    But as usual your own garden is the star of the show. Thanks for sharing it Pauline (and good luck keeping the critters off your eggplant and tomatoes)

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  4. Both gardens are simply marvelous, Pauline. Thanks for sharing them. We’ve moved to Arizona, so seasons are topsy-turvy here, with summer being so hot and dry that it’s definitely not the time for growing things. It will be interesting to see how this next season progresses, although it’s still going to be dry, since it’s a desert. 🙂 Still it’s beginning to cool down at night and hopefully soon during the day. Does give me a dreadful case of garden envy, though, yours and Tish’s being right at the top.


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    • Moving to Arizona must be a big gardening challenge for you Janet. It took me a while to adjust to the subtropical conditions here after moving from New Zealand. This year the forecast is for “la Nina” weather and that is going to be wet. Hopefully not floods…

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    • I found some in Bunnings ages ago in the small 6 cell seedlings so grew them on in the greenhouse till the weather warmed a bit and they got bigger then planted them at the back of the border. They are over 6foot tall. I’m planning to save some seeds this year they are doing so well. I also have the dwarf trailing perennial variety I got from the GC botanic gardens nursery last year.

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  5. It is such a joy to spend time in your lovely gardens.. Refreshing – and we need lots of ‘refreshing’ in this year.

    I’ve seen all of your posts – I hope – but read them off line and am unable to easily reply. Now I am at a restaurant to check the election stats (still pending) and happy to sign your guest book. Also glad to see you’re back at the art workshops – it would be soooo lovely to be over there and enjoying those same opportunities… Thanks for your dedication for keeping us informed — and I hope that your earlier health issues are now ‘history.’

    Love from Ecuador,

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    • So lovely to hear from you Lisa. It has been a crazy year, for us in Australia it is slowly getting back to an almost normal, but I feel horrified as I watch the escalating out of control around the world. How are you? I hope you are keeping healthy and safe. I only do one post a month these days, spending more time in the garden and doing art


      • hi ‘over there’ — it’s always nice to think of that grand pacific ocean and know that you’re on the far side – esp when i’m at the coast and gazing west/south west.
        i’ve often thought that this world-wide timeout has been a test for every single person affected; people who get comfort from the earth, from inward hobbies, enjoy quiet time most likely are doing well. those who need outside interests to keep them happy are probably ready to climb the walls…

        i miss being in the country, or having a garden as lovely as yours, but the indoor garden continues to grow. every so often before going to sleep i go into that front room (full of windows facing west) and say, ‘hang on.. in time there will be a place to sink our roots…’

        even though right now there’s no ‘tierra’ to tend, your gardens provide a nice substitute, and being there in person must be quite a joy.

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