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.”
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 Sun Rose by Kordes. … Continue reading ”She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns”
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.”
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. ”
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.”
It is June which in the southern hemisphere heralds winter. The onset of winter means early morning frosts, cool nights and some welcome rain. The roses are mostly dormant and the landscape has a blessed break from summer weeds, heat, and dust. Although, in limbo, the garden work continues with plans for Spring. In fact, … Continue reading “If you think one day you will get it all done, and then you can relax, you are bound to be disappointed.”
I adore flowers in the home, particularly roses cut fresh from the garden, but I don’t find the act described as ‘flower arranging’ at all inspiring. History tells us of tight protocols around arranging flowers and set rules that applied to the craft through the decades. The phrase ‘Flower arranging’ is reminiscent of dusty church … Continue reading “I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath..
Autumn is here in all its entirety. A sudden change in light, skies clear and the chill of first frosts. Glorious with no rush or panic, unlike Spring, that holds that feverish sense of haste. Autumn is a quiet time, a chance to make grand plans and dream of all the things that the slow … Continue reading “Autumn paints in colours that summer has never seen”.
Potted geraniums ( accurately known as Pelargoniums ) in Australia do not have the same panache in the garden world as the glorious displays of geranium window boxes everywhere across Spain and Italy. Here we love them anyway for their humble, almost comedic style and robust nature in our hot, dry climate. The no-fuss plant … Continue reading Bountiful blooms even without a green thumb!
Silence in the air this morning, not a breath of wind outside as first light peeks over the horizon, the hills in a smokey blue haze. Inside is quiet, too, with the random scramble of mice in the walls and the predictable sounds of scurrying across the floor in distant rooms. We are in the … Continue reading Keep calm and garden on…
Summer’s end, but I’m not ready for the chill of winter yet. Nonetheless, I’m eagerly waiting for slightly cooler days so I can be in the garden for longer than a few hours. Although it has turned cool in the morning and evening in my region, the days are continuing to be fairly hot. Sadly, … Continue reading “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”
My favourite garden project is my ‘Tea Garden’, a small area, started in 2018, that is viewed from the kitchen window and surrounds a large arch seat. There is a plum tree outside the fence that, together with the arch, provide a perfect place for a quiet reverie and a cuppa, especially in Spring. When … Continue reading The Tea Garden
Considering the state of the ground my garden started in, I decided to be less hard on myself and claim that my garden is a success so far. If you have not read my previous stories about the garden, in short, it is heavy dry clay soil, where one area was old lawn and the … Continue reading There are no right ways to make a garden -only alternatives.
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 drop their leaves. The mild season has been especially welcome because we have spent so much time at home this year and are able to take care of … Continue reading “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
Prominent in the garden this week are weeds. 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 early or … Continue reading “Weeds are stubborn. Weeds are independent. Weeds aren’t tolerated”
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.”
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”.
Often visitors ask me what my favourite rose is, and I usually can’t decide, but in recent weeks and on reflection, I think it is Lady of Shalott. I have written about this rose several times and have at present two in the garden, although in pots. Even though I had shared any information I knew on … Continue reading “One Rose is Enough for the Dawn.”
A romantic country garden is a popularly 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”
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.”
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 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 we know it will take time, persistence and backbone. Apart from providing all the right elements as best we can, there is a point where we have … Continue reading “Patience is a flower that does not grow in everybody’s garden”
“In all the recipes for happiness I have ever seen, ‘something to look forward to’ has been given as an important ingredient. Something to look forward to! How rich the gardener, any gardener, is in this particular integrant! For always he [or she] looks forward to something, if it is only the appearance of the … Continue reading “When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. ”
“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.”
The great Impressionists painters emerged in 1870’s France and were known for rejecting the strict rules of fine art and looking at the world in new ways. Instead of realistic portraits in a studio, these painters thought they could use the light’s fleeting nature from the sun in front of their subjects, outside. This brought … Continue reading “What I need most of all are flowers, always, always.”
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. Pablo Neruda Spring, the gorgeous season of the year, has arrived in the garden. The garden suddenly a happy place full of activity and new beginnings. The lavender buzzing with thousands of bees, blossoms like fairy dust here one day and blown away … Continue reading Then Spring Came
Modern Roses are roses bred after 1867 because it was in 1867 that French Breeder ‘Guillot’ introduced ‘La France’, the first Hybrid Tea rose. Since then, breeders have introduced a broader colour palette to include many new bright colours and two-tone roses. Modern roses are available in a diversity of shapes, heights and growing habits. “A … Continue reading Modern Roses
What colour is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life Vincent Van Gogh Yes, I am addicted to roses, I admit it. My mother too, loved her garden in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, which was perfect for roses and she indulged as well. As a family we enjoyed her passion for roses … Continue reading Colour my World
Winter has struggled to take a firm hold this year. The usual severity of the white, crisp frost has been light around the garden this winter ( so far) The cold nights and early morning chill is followed by the warmth of bright sunshine on most days. If no sun then welcome rain has fallen, … Continue reading “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”
Art is a harmony parallel with nature. Paul Cezanne The beautiful rose, Paul Cezanne- JACdeli, is part of the Delbard Painters Collection. Bred in France in 1992 and named to honour Paul Cézanne, one of the French Post Impressionists painters who lived and died in Aix-en-Provence France. We live in a rainbow of chaos. Paul … Continue reading La Rosa Paul Cezanne