Saturday, December 14, 2013

Proving Fruitful




No longer do I have to skulk around the back alleys of Ararat pinching Quince from overhanging branches -
I have a Quince tree of my own!
For the first 40 years of my life Quince did not register on my radar, but once I hit Ararat,
I fell in love with them.
The perfume, the colour, their hairy little noggins.
It's hard to imagine these hairy little buggers transform into these ruby jewels.



They still have a way to go - they won't be ready until April.
To keep them alive while we are in Queensland we have put in some irrigation - that should keep them happy.
The tree has about 40 fruit on it - that's a LOT of Quince Jelly!



Photo: iphone - Pendlebury Hill, Ararat, Victoria - 14th December, 2013
except the last one - that one comes from here, where I made some Quince jelly

Pretty Weeds - Gazanias



I've never seen Gazanias grow like they do here in Ararat.
Great swathes of them on footpaths.
I suspect it's not intentional but rather they have established themselves as weeds.
Usually they are the orange and yellow ones, but check out the colour of this one.
'Tis gorgeous - orangey pink - I've never seen another like it.
This one came in the form of a pilfered stalk from outside an old church in Beaufort
(a lovely day out a couple of years ago with Mum, Leigh and Vince).



This one is quite lovely too - it lives under the Oleander at the back tap.




Photo: iphone - Ararat garden, Victoria - 14th December, 2013

Melbourne Garden - a New Challenge



It looks a bit different now to when we left 5 years ago!
My Melbourne garden was my first garden.
I grew beautiful purple wisteria and golden yellow roses.
Pinky apricot climbing roses (Crepsucule) and scarlet Virginia Creepers and burgandy-coloured grape vines.
Lipstick orange-red maples and pretty pink camellias.
Sadly since turning the property over to tenants who aren't keen gardeners, only half the plants remain.

But a new challenge has arisen.
Trying to create a self-maintaining garden that looks reasonably attractive.
I guess colour is the first casualty of a neglected garden.
I wonder why that is?

The existing climbing roses required too much maintenance for our non-gardener tenants and our infrequent visits, so I have opted to replace them with bush roses.
Last Spring I planted four along the front fence - only two remain:-
This beauty - Belle du Seigneur (beauty of the lord??)


and this one Bordure Camaieu - here's what camaieu means - a fairly apt description.
It's covered in buds - fingers crossed they last the summer.
If they don't - I think I am going to introduce an irrigation system to the garden.
Both roses are Delbard Roses - distributed in Australia by Rankins Roses.
I have a couple of these roses in my Ararat garden
and they really stand up to the conditions and always have such lovely colours.




Pressed for time, I had to choose from what little was available at the local Bunnings.
The Ballarat Bunnings and Toowoomba Bunnings garden sections are always fantastic.
The Melbourne ones - bleh.
Anyway... I picked these two.
I have a Parkinson's Passion at Pendlebury Hill and I find it to be a very jolly, hardy, long-flowering creature,
so hopefully it will thrive in Melbourne.
The other is an unknown quantity but I do love a bright yellow rose.
Let's see how long these ones last!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rose of the Day - Edgar Degas



This one lives at No.28 in Ararat.
It's such a happy cheery rose.
And the petals really do look like the tutus in Degas' paintings.
See?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rose of the Day - Ebb Tide


A new one!
It doesn't have a home yet.
Aunty Maria always gives us $50 when she sees us.
This is what I bought.
(I have enough left for another rose!)

Ebb Tide 

Photo: iphone - 23 November, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rose of the Day - Auguste Luise



After 7 months of utter and total neglect, I felt sure my fledgling rose garden at Pendlebury Hill, Ararat
would be dead as a door nail (or door nails, as the case may be) - but plants always surprise me with their tenacity.
The rose garden is absolutely glorious and this year I am particularly taken with this one.
Augusta Luise.
Innit purdy?
Hybrid tea bush rose.
Absolutely covered in blooms.
'Tis here if you would like one - Treloars.



Photo: iphone - 22 November, 2013, Pendlebury Hill, Ararat, Victoria, Australia


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Carnival of Flowers




Work continues slowly on my garden at home, but
I'm pretty lucky to live around the block from this lovely park
and we are currently celebrating the annual Carnival of Flowers.
Toowoomba looks as pretty as a picture.
All the public gardens around town are green and leafy and colourful.
Toowoomba is such an utterly civilized city to live in - tree-lined streets,
beautiful parks and gardens, stately homes and beautiful public buildings.
It kinda makes me feel a bit like I'm a bit too uncouth to live here!!!






Photos: iphone - 18th Sept, 2013
Queen's Park, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia


Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Little Pink to Start the Day






Photos: iphone - 21 July, 2013 morning
Home, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Let's Get This Party Started!


I was recently reminded of this photo (2011 - my garden in Ararat).
I can't seem to get my creative gardening juices flowing.
I have a bit of a blockage.
Maybe coz it's winter.
Thought this photo might shake loose a few little feelers in my brain.
Poke, poke, prod.

See that plant stand.
I bought it for $5 from the rubbish tip shop in Toowoomba, Queensland a couple of years ago.
It's cast iron and weighed a tonne.
I put it in our wagon and carried it nearly 2000km down to our home in Victoria.
With our luggage and 3 dogs also in the wagon, we were uncomfortably squished.
Now I live in Toowoomba again (after 25 years away) and I'm gunna have to bring it 2000km back home!
Fun times.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Town-New Garden: How Exciting!!

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I'm here!
In my new garden!
Ready for new gardening adventures!
What fun!
Where to begin, where to begin??
Start small.
A pot at the front door.

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