“Life is trying things to see if they work.” 

My garden has always been an experiment to see if, despite the rural location and tricky climate, creating an inviting, lush and colourful outdoor space was possible. I've tried things out with no certainty that the plants would grow and there have been many setbacks and disappointments. As time went by I've become more informed … Continue reading “Life is trying things to see if they work.” 

Flowers are the music of the earth

Around the garden, hundreds of buds appear on the lush, dense foliage of the roses. Each day more blooms pop out, too, after the recent rains and cool weather slowed the process. But now the weather is warmer, and the first Spring flush is almost here. In some ways, it feels like waiting for an … Continue reading Flowers are the music of the earth

“How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.”  

I've always admired the soft yellow flowers of a climbing plant that I see covering archways, fences and pergolas as I drive into our local rural town. They are always a welcome sight at the end of winter. The words in the quote of Vincent Van Gogh above could easily have described this charming climber's … Continue reading “How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.”  

“To everything there is a season”

The expression ' a watched pot is slow to boil' has been around since Benjamin Franklin first wrote the text in 1785. It has come to mind lately as anticipation of Springs first flush grows ever so slowly each day. A few buds are appearing, and the arrival of the first blooms, but because of … Continue reading “To everything there is a season”

“Je vois la vie en rose”

Je vois la vie en rose means: I see life in pink; I am looking at the world through rose coloured glasses. Why not live with an ability to see beauty in everyday life and have a positive and optimistic outlook - a rosy way to see the world? One of the first roses to … Continue reading “Je vois la vie en rose”

“Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished”

Paul Bocuse Spring is unfolding at a leisurely pace, and almost all the roses are covered with new glossy foliage that looks healthy and fresh. Because I'm at home in lockdown, I'm more aware of the steady renewal of the new season. Apart from the gorgeous lavender spires everywhere Spring appears slow due to the … Continue reading “Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished”

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”

The energy of preparing for Spring has been going on all winter despite the rain. The garden has undergone a renovation of sorts that has been almost like starting a garden from scratch. Always first to come out in Spring- Snowdrops Suddenly, the weather this week has changed from winter to summer overnight. The winter … Continue reading “Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”

“I love being in my garden. I don’t plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour. ”

Spring is on the way and the tell tale signs add vibrancy to the air but unfortunately, this week I've had to do a bit of a cull in the garden. It is necessary and has freed up space and allowed the best of the roses to have a bit more air and circulation around … Continue reading “I love being in my garden. I don’t plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour. ”

Serenity has to be three-quarters hard work to be worth having.

Yes, it's true peace and relaxation are often won by a bit of hard toil most of the time, and I wouldn't want it any other way. There is nothing like relaxing at the end of the day, knowing you have made headway shaping the garden. Recently I've found more surprise roses hidden under some … Continue reading Serenity has to be three-quarters hard work to be worth having.

You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.

Contrary to my initial desire to grow roses amongst perennials in a heavily planted garden, I have decided to thin out one particular garden bed this season to be predominately only roses. The idea is a major change in my perspective and requires an enormous amount of work that I am halfway through. I was … Continue reading You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.

“The more I garden the less I know, but the more pleasure I get from it.”

The anticipation of Spring is in the air. Back to basics is the motto of the new season, and as it should be, the roses are at the heart of the garden. Taking one day at a time, I’m preparing whenever I can, and I’m noticing a change in my method this year. The initial … Continue reading “The more I garden the less I know, but the more pleasure I get from it.”

“One who plants a garden plants happiness.”

Today brings a sense of déjà vu, I'm inside again due to more rain. We've only had a few days of fine weather that lasted long enough to be out gardening recently. Surprisingly, at the end of the day last time I was out in the garden, despite the aches and pains after heavy work, … Continue reading “One who plants a garden plants happiness.”

”The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

The sun is out like a welcome visitor after heavy fog, cloudy days and rain. Reminiscent of living by the coast, the recurring rain and storms have been a part of almost every day that stands as a stark contrast to, not that long ago, when it never seemed to rain at all. Rain always … Continue reading ”The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

”She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns”

Kordes Summer Sun Rose The romance of the rose and its alluring fragrance is momentarily forgotten when a prickle imbeds your leg or fingers as you work in the garden. I say prickle, not thorn, because, despite the popularity of poetic quotes on the rose thorn, they are called prickles. The rose above is Summer … Continue reading ”She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns”

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Why does the vegetable garden need to be a separate garden rather than part of the total garden landscape? With this at the forefront of my mind I'm planning a new garden in the style of a French kitchen garden known as Potager or Jardin de Curé. An old French-inspired graceful garden of herbs, flowers, … Continue reading “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

“I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden. ”

Fortunately some of us enjoy solitary pursuits because we sure have spent some time lately secluded. Here we are again at the end of another fourteen-day self-isolation, and more lockdowns for greater Sydney. Farm life is the same anyway; life is isolated with only the necessary grocery trips into town and rare social get-togethers. Otherwise, … Continue reading “I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden. ”

“Anyone who has time for drama is not gardening enough.”

Gardening brings a sense of balance to life's ups and downs, and a garden to work in is a beautiful way to enjoy being outside in the elements, intimately connecting us to the seasons and the daily weather conditions; the wind, soil, sun, rainfall, frost and heat. It is a simple way to naturally relieve … Continue reading “Anyone who has time for drama is not gardening enough.”

“If you think one day you will get it all done, and then you can relax, you are bound to be disappointed.”

Season end and the last of the roses are still blooming because here in the southern hemisphere, June heralds Winter. The onset of early morning frosts, cool nights and even some welcome rain brings a blessed break from weeds, heat, dust and mosquitoes. My garden is in limbo at present, which I guess is okay … Continue reading “If you think one day you will get it all done, and then you can relax, you are bound to be disappointed.”