Changing Season : August 2021…

It is now 2 days into spring and what a start to the season, last night we had 25mm of glorious rain, which is 5mm more than we had for the whole of July. I rushed out to celebrate with camera in hand to catch the magic of the rain drops on the flowers and leaves.morning garden end of august 003_5184x3888morning garden end of august 017_5184x3888

It has been a busy month, so be warned this post will have a LOT of photos. 48 in total…

As I mentioned last month I had arranged for the tree loppers to trim the big trees. “Big Jim” and his crew arrived in the first week of August.big jim pruning trees august flowers 001_5184x3888

They were very efficient, trimming the bottom branches of the Poinciana and Silky Oak. Then they tackled the Mango tree. To reach it they went round into next doors garden and Megan (the neighbour) and I watched.big jim pruning trees august flowers 004_5184x3888

Here is the before and after.

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See how much sunlight has been let in. The plants just love it.

Then they moved into the back garden. I thought this would be a difficult job as the 5 tall palms were surrounded by next doors fence, the green house, fish ponds and rain water tank. Not much room to work. “No worries” said Big Jim, and the team set to work.

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What a difference it has made and also feels safer when the storms come, which come they must one day…garden mid august 064_3888x5184

The stumps are all that’s left and I plan to cover them with Bromeliads.

Also round the back the raised beds of herbs, nasturtiums and vegetables are doing very well.morning garden end of august 032_5184x3888

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The following week the new houses across the road were finally finished and opened for inspection.


2 very different style houses, were previously there had only been one. So we dashed over to look around, along with most of our other neighbours. Of course we had to wear masks, sign in, and carefully keep our social distance from each other. ( As I write this Queensland has zero cases of Covid, but the neighbouring state, New South Wales is rampant and out of control with Delta and the state is in lockdown. Our borders are locked and causing much heart ache for people on the border.)  The houses are due to be auctioned on September 12. 

One of the reasons I wanted a look inside was to see what sort of view they had of our place from their upstairs windows.jc from across the street 004_3000x4000jc from across the street 002_4000x3000

As you can see we do not have a very big block, but unlike most gardens in the area, it is jam packed with plants. 

I love the garden, it is a passion, but I am going to have to rethink my work load as, after a CT scan, I have been told the back pain is “compressed fractures”, so no lifting or heavy work for a while till they heal. Fortunately we had done most of the heavy work during Winter and Autumn so now we can just do light pruning and enjoy the fruits of our labour.

The new natives I planted are now coming into their own. The Leptospermum Cardwell had a stunning display and though only a small shrub at the moment, it will grow to approximately 1.5 metres, it flowered for weeks.

The Grevilleas are such an interesting shape, quite fascinating day by day to watch them unfurl.

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The bees love them. That is a very tiny native bee. Can you see his pollen sacks are bulging.

The poppies are coming to the end of their flowering period, but the larger honey bees still manage to find the few that are mid august 028_5184x3888

Now I think it is time to have a cuppa. I’ve enjoyed re-living August through my blog and I thank Ju-Lyn, (touring my backyard) pop over and drool over her delicious food blog.and Brian (bushboys world) for carrying on with this monthly “changing seasons” and sharing the work load. This month it is Ju-Lyn who will be hosting it.


  1. Hey, I used to work for arborists like that! It was rad! There are not many proficient arborists left here anymore. Such work was taken much more seriously decades ago.


    • “Big Jim” has been coming here every 4-5 years to help keep things in control. He’s a great guy. Now 20 years since his first visit his sons are in the family business and Jim just supervises them.

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  2. You still have your privacy despite the new house across the road which means Big Jim did a beaut job.
    Your Frangipani looks like it has quite a history and I adore all that basil. Do you make pesto? I use heaps of basil in bruschetta – goes well with a dry white wine ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’ve inspired me yet again : disappearing into the garden to pick some tomatoes and passionfruit.
    Stay well, you guys.

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  3. Only one thing better than your blog that is to experience the garden in person.
    This morning early before all the rain clouds had disappeared the rising sun tinted the whole sky.
    This tinted light made the garden glow in a way no artist can capture.
    Walking in our garden makes me realise Mother Nature has blessed us.
    Mother Nature in collaboration with Pauline ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  4. Hope your back heals quickly – sending you lots of positive energy for speedy recovery.

    Rain on flowers are just magical …. and you caught them still fresh and lovely.

    The trim your trees had make so much difference to the light in your garden – it is amazing and such a transformation. I guess that’s why you had to have it done.

    What fun you got to see your garden from such a novel view – I wonder what sort of neighbours you will get …

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    • Fortunately the busiest time of the year over here in the garden is through autumn and winter when it is cool enough to do the heavy jobs. That may have been when I damaged my back… oh well, will have more time for my art, at least that is relaxing and easy on the back.๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’•

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  5. The tree felling has worked wonders, your garden is gorgeous (I keep on repeating that) and it seems that it is still fairly private from across the road. You have so many wonderful plants I can imagine it takes a lot of managing and maybe you do need to reduce the amount of those that require a lot of work. Nothing like a bad back to limit mobility. I know that from experience. And how lovely to see the whirligig osteospermum! I don’t think I have ever seen them over here. Stay safe and keep well and enjoy your springtime. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ
    Jude xx

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    • Iโ€™ve been working steadily toward less work in the garden, ie. more shrubs, especially natives, less annuals and pots, not there yet, but I guess this back is going to make us fast forward the plans. Thought I still had time on my side. May even have to look for someone to come in occasionally to take on the heavier jobs. . Howโ€™s your autumn looking over there Jude? Hope your winter is not too cold and wet


  6. Your garden is absolutely beautiful! But, yes, you should do less until your back is healed. Big Jim had his work cut out for him and what a difference it made and will make for all of your flowering plants that were in need of sun. Do take good care.

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  7. So much fabulousness here, Pauline – the raindropped plants, the new less shaded garden views, and how very excellent to grab the chance to see all from across the road. Your place is a veritable oasis. But yes, back-resting sounds a serious must. It’s so easy to damage oneself while garden. It’s only later you notice!

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    • We are looking forward to watching the auction and seeing who moves in across the road. This is a lovely quiet family area. The real estate agent says there is a lot of interest. It is certainly hard to slow down in the garden as this is a perfect time of the year to potter around out there.


  8. Your garden is a wonderful haven, and quite private due to the dense plantings. It looks amazing! The natives look great, and L. Cardwell is just beautiful loaded with flowers! Iโ€™m tempted to try one in my garden too. The tree trimming has opened up the garden nicely. I love the meandering paths thro your garden. The veggies look nice an healthy. Take it easy and hope your back pain eases soon!

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    • I also have a leptospermum โ€œpink cascadeโ€ it is a spreading type and has been smothered in dainty pink flowers even longer than Cardwell. Well worth making space for them. Iโ€™m planning to get some more, so many to choose from.

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  9. Took me a little search to connect grevillea to silver oaks. I know the trees as tall shady things, and have picked up the seed pods often, but the ones I’ve seen flower so high up that I’ve never really looked at the flowers. Very interesting shapes indeed.

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  10. Enjoyed your post and wow – the garden photos are wonderful !
    And a few years ago I changed up what I did in the garden because I had less time to tinker and work out there – and when my sister n law was here this summer she noted how scaled back things are – in a good way – ha! Lots of containers and two areas that used to be gardens are now flat with grass.
    One spot is raised and sometimes I look at it and remember the fun – it is this rectangle area in back – blends right in with the grass now but I vividly pulling purple tomatoes from a spot – shocked how well they came out – and I recall where my first eggplants grew (only grew them once or twice because I don’t eat them that often)
    Anyhow – Gardeners have changes in interest and output and I hope you and jack find exactly what you need for this next phase
    And many well
    Wishes to you for your back and healing

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    • Lovely to hear from you Yvette. Yes times and circumstances certainly change over the years and, like you say, itโ€™s good to have the memories and enjoy each phase. The good thing about a monthly post is I can look back and remember how it was. Hope you are keeping safe and well in this crazy changing world.๐Ÿค—

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      • yes – good point about the monthly post as a nice digital scrapbook and also that want to keep connected with your followers and friends even if you are not able to interact on blog world like years past.
        and hey – seems the blog world might have similarities with the garden – our phases change (as we have discussed before so i will not expound again – ha)
        have a great month Pomme and some virtual flowers for us ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒบโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. As always, your garden is a picture, PP, and it was very interesting to see it from the window of the (very nice) house across the road. You have the same situation as us in that our neighbours are not much into gardening either and mostly have lots of lawn and perhaps one tree.
    Iโ€™m sorry to hear about your back, which sounds very serious. I hope it will be back to normal eventually. In the meantime, take care, and stay safe. Thanks to good management, Queensland seems to be keeping the virus at bay.

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    • Hello Jane, yes us gardeners are certainly in the minority in the suburbs. With the trend toward bigger houses, or more squeezed onto the sections, as across the road, there is not much space left for gardens. I do agree with our Premiers hard border policy, but it is devastating for the border communities. Thanks for your kind thoughts about my back, I am being very cautious with what I do and Jack is a great help. Hope you are having some of this rain.โ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

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