Sunday, 6 July 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
I went to hunt the scent of violet in the cold still of this winter day and found a sweet surprise - the seasons first snowdrop.
Close to the sod
There can be seen
A thought of God
In white and green.
It cleft the clay,
It views the day.
It is so holy
And yet so lowly.
Would you enjoy
Its grace and dower
And not destroy
The living flower?
Then you must, please,
Fall on your knees.
The Snowdrop by Anna Bunston De Bary
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Camellia oracle of winter bliss
You are the promise of springs renewal
Midst the slumbering landscape
Like winters splendid jewel
|Camellia japonica 'Melbourne White'|
Your miracle of life
So delicate and so sweet
You adorn Victorian homes
Upon these earthly streets
|Camellia 'Sugar Dream'|
The beauty of your elegance
Your fragile blossom lingers
The softness of your petals
Pass through my waiting fingers
|Camellia japonica 'Albertii'|
I celebrate your symmetry
Your absolute perfection
Creation of that Life divine
You are but God's reflection
|Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide' one of my favorites.|
You are a life long lesson
A song that's ever sung
From the deepest winter spell
You bring forth the morning sun
|Camellia sasanqua 'Rose Pendant'|
|My own darling flower.|
Such a wonderful time to explore Melbourne gardens right now with camellias in singing bloom across our town. This year I am trying to take cuttings to propagate so I have an heir and a spare to take us through the hot summers to come so wish me luck!
Friday, 16 May 2014
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
We have so many wonderful private and public gardens to explore in Melbourne; one of the best for me is Diggers Club Heronswood. It is resonant of history with the gothic buildings, the wonderful panorama of the Peninsula and such a great example of how a passion for gardening can be successful in inspiring and educating. The core of this business is a great gift of preserving the ideals of gardening and the environment simply by inspiring you to garden in a thoughtful way. Digger’s Club supply one of the best and broadest range of seeds and plants in Australia by mail or you can visit one of the historical gardens and lovely shops- what bliss!
There was a whole fluttering bank of this groundcover.
A river of gold, a very low growing fragrant ground cover - Oregano Thumbles Gold
Magnificent waves of Salvia 'Anthony Parker'
Avocados in Victoria? and as a hedge too!
I loved the tightly clipped Myrtle hedge.
Lots of ideas and amazing colours in the dry garden. I think I am developing a bit of Kalanchoe fever.
I love seeing lots of flowers in Autumn for our friends the bees - they loved this Crotalaria agatiflora, a neat small tree shaped shrub that was a bright acid green punctuation in the borders.
The garden shop - full to the brim with treasure for the passionate gardener, including my Vintage Gardener gift cards!
To round off a lovely day out refresh yourself in the Heronswood restaurant - the staff here were so happy and full of joy for where they worked.