Gardening in Australia in Spring:

Front garden

Front garden

potted delights

potted delights

First lily of the valley bloom

First lily of the valley bloom

The first of the lily of the valley

The first of the lily of the valley

Welcome new leaves

Welcome new leaves

Shade loving Clivia

Shade loving Clivia

New leaves on Mt. Fuji double cherry tree

New leaves on Mt. Fuji double cherry tree

Eclectic mix

Eclectic mix in back garden

Succulents planted into recycled guttering to help insulate the studio.

Succulents planted into recycled guttering to help insulate the studio.

First rose of spring

First rose of spring

Fig leaves returning

Fig leaves returning

 

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29 thoughts on “Gardening in Australia in Spring:

  1. ChristineR

    The verbena is gorgeous (I was going to ask what it was). I saw a clivia plant oday, and I wondered why it was planted under a shrub. I love figs, too, but not that keen on fig jam. My roses are nearly ready. You have a real riot of colours and textures happening, Barbara, well planted!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      It’s a constantly changing garden, but at present so many things are flowering or coming into bud. Thanks Christine! Yes, the Clivia is really hardy and a boon if you want something for a shady spot.

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  2. Aussie Emjay

    Spring is so renewing in so many ways. Here we’re in autumn and the leaves are just starting to turn. Soon my small garden will look mostly dead and quite sad. My first year here I was quite dismayed when my hydrangeas “died” and really surprised when they came back in spring! LOL and here I don’t have to dig my bulbs up and put them in the crisper for winter! 🙂

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      It is good to appreciate how it is in different places… do you still prune your hydrangeas back hard, or do you wait for spring to trim them? Great to leave the bulbs in the ground, I must say I do that here, and that is why they don’t all return!!

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  3. Silver in the Barn

    I see the Clivia you mentioned! It is very pretty indeed. Not sure if it is available here but I will check. Also, I am growing a fig this year for the first time. So far, so good. We even got a few figgies this summer. Do you make marvelous things with yours?

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Goodluck with your fig tree Barbara. It’s the birds that attacked our figs, especially in the beginning when there were so few! Last year we had a great crop, enough for them and us.
      I like figs ripe and raw, and sometimes served in salads with proscuitto, (cured ham) and fetta.
      Very versatile, though I haven’t had enough for fig jam, yet. 🙂

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  4. M-R

    … not to mention figs ! 🙂
    Ba, your garden is simply heavenly. Who does the hard yakka ? – d’you maybe share it ? Or does the talent lurk in the studio while you slave outdoors ? [grin]

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Chris mows the lawns and I enjoy the garden. Am not consistently in it, but love it when I’m there. Considering we had 22 conifer trees and many palms chopped down when we arrived 8 years ago,(leaving some palms to give height), but everything else we planted! It will only improve as the trees grow. We bought the place because of the sheds!!

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      1. bkpyett Post author

        Frightening how much stuff can be stored. I hate to think if we ever did have to move…. I can’t contemplate that. Think we’ll both go feet first, together. Let the kids deal with it!!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Elaine, The striped flower is a Verbena. The blue flower is the same flower as the very vigorous white flowered creeper I have out the front, that is called Ourisia caespitosa. It is the same but I don’t know if the pale blue has another name. It flowers for months, in fact all year round!

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