“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

The garden is blooming in abundance once more, and I'm delighted. We have had a glorious summer apart from the disastrous early start that saw many roses lose their leaves. The mild season has been especially welcome because we have spent so much time at home this year and able to take care of plants … Continue reading “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

“Weeds are stubborn.Weeds are independent.Weeds aren’t tolerated”

Prominent in the garden this week are the weeds, and they are clearly winning the battle for the limelight. There is something about summer in a garden that does not entice me out to weed. Every morning, a balancing act occurs between starting early enough to beat the heat, flies and bees but not too … Continue reading “Weeds are stubborn.Weeds are independent.Weeds aren’t tolerated”

“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.”

“If it’s hot, it’s hot. If it’s dry, it’s dry. If it’s raining, it’s good.”

Happiness reigns because it is raining at last in the garden and the topic on everyone's lips in the country this week will be "How much rain did you get?" Unseasonal rain sounds like music. There's no angst about it because crops are harvested, so it's all about filling water tanks and dams or watering … Continue reading “If it’s hot, it’s hot. If it’s dry, it’s dry. If it’s raining, it’s good.”

“I like to keep myself wrapped in layers of sleep and wait for the geraniums”.

Going off topic today to talk about the pretty, colourful plants we call geraniums. What is known as geraniums may be pelargoniums a native plant from South Africa. These plants are a gardener's best friend as they are easy to grow, require only a small amount of care and are extremely hardy. And of course, … Continue reading “I like to keep myself wrapped in layers of sleep and wait for the geraniums”.

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”

A romantic country garden is a popular held dream by many, an escape to a simpler, more relaxed way of life. In reality though, it is a far cry from a gentle, passive, easy, lifestyle, because a rural landscape is magnified and intense in every way. The environment of farm life, the sun, the wind, … Continue reading “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”

“A rose in a desert can only survive on its strength, not its beauty.”

Buff Beauty is the rose I'm highlighting this week. It has just started to bloom and looks splendid. Buff is not well known in Australia as a colour and may be recognised as a chicken variety called the Buff Orpington, a large, docile, quiet variety, considered a heritage bird. But for those in the know Buff … Continue reading “A rose in a desert can only survive on its strength, not its beauty.”

“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her… I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ”

Nurture; nur·ture a verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing. "To help develop, help grow, nourish, sustain, to promote growth" Nurture is the best word to describe my growing of Claude Monet and Nahema roses in my garden because these two roses, more than any others, have been taken care of quite diligently, with daily encouragement, care, and … Continue reading “I am following Nature without being able to grasp her… I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ”

“Patience is a flower that does not grow in everybody’s garden”

Patience is a necessary life skill, especially worth developing for gardeners. As we work hand in hand with nature to create and maintain the garden of our dreams knowing it will take time, perseverance and backbone. Apart from providing all the right elements as best we can, there is a point where we have to … Continue reading “Patience is a flower that does not grow in everybody’s garden”

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

"Christmas is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future" This year Christmas has been hard with restrictions on family gatherings, the constant sadness of lives lost, and the millions of people suffering from the pandemic. Many people have been forced to live more isolated lives and cannot share … Continue reading “Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”

– Centre front in my mind and heart over the last few months are my roses. Living in isolation in a rural environment is quite usual, although not quite anti-social as we have experienced this year. Without the opportunity to see family and friends, my focus has been on the garden, and I have busily … Continue reading “Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”

“The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.”

New Weathervane If unexpected self-isolation can teach us anything, we must be grateful for simple things that perhaps we sometimes take for granted. Our personal freedom, health, and loved ones are the most important aspects of life I am grateful for. What joy I felt to be free again after those three weeks of lockdown … Continue reading “The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.”

“At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous.”

Miracles do happen as Mirabel Osler once said in the quote above and my garden is testament to this. When I first glimpsed the destruction from the ravage of January this year, I thought I'd never had a bloom on a rose again. I described this my last post " There is no gardening without humility". A … Continue reading “At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous.”

“There is no gardening without humility…

“There is no gardening without humility, an assiduous willingness to learn and a cheerful readiness to confess you were mistaken. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” [So just keep studying and enjoy it!]Alfred Austin, English poet laureate, in The Garden That I Love, … Continue reading “There is no gardening without humility…

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

Water As the year closes and mid-summer moves on, the garden roses need some care and attention if you want the blooms to continue into Autumn. Water is the number one essential ingredient in summer for roses. They are reasonably drought tolerant unless not completely established yet, but roses will not thrive and flourish without … Continue reading “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

A new year is simply the turn of a calendar page — and a beautiful chance for us to turn over a new leaf.

It is customary in Australia to ring in the New Year with the excitement of fireworks, parties, friends, and champagne and the good intentions of new year resolutions. I have always enjoyed New Year's Eve, and since early childhood, I've been able to celebrate the coming year at a party. My first memories of New … Continue reading A new year is simply the turn of a calendar page — and a beautiful chance for us to turn over a new leaf.

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.

All we need in Australia this year for Christmas is RAIN. Apart from wishing for rain my hope is that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and that the New Year brings fulfillment in all areas of life. Australia is in a dreadful situation with severe bushfires across the country, due to … Continue reading Christmas is the day that holds all time together.

“Hope is one of the essential tools of a farmer or gardener.”

"You have to have a sense of humility when you grow plants-never forget that nature is in charge"Sebastion Bras How could we ever forget that nature is in charge when we live through such extreme weather conditions.? Smoke filled atmosphere from the fires burning many kilometres away, the continual chance of dust storms, no rain, … Continue reading “Hope is one of the essential tools of a farmer or gardener.”

“And the shower of roses spun around me, inviting me to take part in their ever-present waltz.”

It would be lovely if the sentiment expressed in today’s quote were the reality in the garden now, but the roses are still not as prolific as anticipated. There are some beautiful blooms but no grand colour splash across the garden as a whole. Patience is what is needed now. Coaxing the roses through the … Continue reading “And the shower of roses spun around me, inviting me to take part in their ever-present waltz.”

“I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ”

I love inspiring quotes. At times I'll come across a quote that rings so true to me, and is exactly the sentiment I had thought of but not quite been able to express. This quote by garden author C Z Guest says it all, and in a similar vein to columnist and landscape designer Ann … Continue reading “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ”

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I work in the garden.

Gardening is a means by which you can attain many valuable hours of solitude without being thought of as unsociable.John Erskine Isn't that the truth? The allure of a quiet reverie and time in solitude to think one's own thoughts uninterrupted is often out of reach. Well, the garden is just the place to enjoy … Continue reading I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I work in the garden.

When I first began with roses, moving into that vast territory of scent, form and colour. I knew nothing.

The title quote by Mirabel Osler rings true to me as I knew nothing at all about roses when I began. Now three seasons on and three hundred roses later, give or take a few, I am none the wiser. There are so many unanswered questions that race through my mind every day of what … Continue reading When I first began with roses, moving into that vast territory of scent, form and colour. I knew nothing.

“Life is itself a school, and nature always a fresh study.”

It's pretty tough in the garden sometimes even though Spring's colour and fragrance have replaced the cold and frosty days of winter. We have experienced extreme weather this Spring with long days of high winds, heat and dust storms that have created havoc. Many plants are struggling from wind damage and the ground, despite my … Continue reading “Life is itself a school, and nature always a fresh study.”

“Perhaps optimism is a rosy interpretation of the facts, or perhaps optimism is a factual interpretation of the rose.”

What have I been up to in my garden in recent days as I move forward with optimism through the gorgeous Spring season? There are many new roses this year that have yet to flower as Spring moves on. After the dust storms devastation, I have cut almost all damaged blooms and deadheaded the roses. … Continue reading “Perhaps optimism is a rosy interpretation of the facts, or perhaps optimism is a factual interpretation of the rose.”

“The Peace Rose is the most famous and popular Rose of all time”

Pixabay.com The Peace Rose has soft yellow flowers that fade to blush-pink at the tips. The blooms are large and double and have a light fragrance. The Peace rose repeat flowers and is disease resistant and very easy to grow being hardy, vigorous and a brilliant performer. The history of the Peace rose can be … Continue reading “The Peace Rose is the most famous and popular Rose of all time”