Garden Gratitude Theme: Pink

No, not the popular female singer but the crimson colours of the camelias! On this unusually sunny morning and the walkways strewn with pink petals, it never ceases to amaze me how these trees push forth their abundance.


In our decade here on the Mount, we have experienced drought conditions, heat waves, strong, hot northern winds and torrential rains. As a consequence, we have lost our fair share of important trees – a weeping cherry, the year we went to Italy; an established magnolia, the year of the drought and along with it, a magnificent pale pink rhododendron, odorata. With these significant losses we have tried to keep our mainstay trees alive during summer. Perhaps our lovely neighbours’ example of abundant watering makes sense! Our rewards are many.


If you look carefully you can make out our rooster’s tail feathers in the background!

My gratitude really must go to the previous own of this property. She was a remarkable woman. Raising her four children alone and working as a nurse by night, she had a grand vision of the colours in a garden. Painstakingly planting camelias, rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs and magnolias she created an English garden beneath a canopy of gum trees. In this season, however, it is the camelia which takes pride of place.

Some of them only briefly make their appearance.

Others linger to create carpets of petals.

At least one of our weeping cherries survived!

With this vision of abundance we marvel at nature itself: its glory, its veritable magnificence which reaffirms our own existence.


Are you “pinked” out yet?

The English poets knew their landscapes. William Wordsworth wrote of paths and country meanderings. John Milton wrote about “those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world”. For me these are all found in a garden.

One last flourish before I go (pardon the pun) – happy gardening, contemplating and appreciating!

About crabandfish

The everyday and the extraordinary loves of life. We have a one acre cold zone garden in the mountains of rural Victoria, Australia. This blog chronicles its ever changing nature. We also love traveling and writing, our cats, our chickens, the sea, cooking, and of course, our garden.
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2 Responses to Garden Gratitude Theme: Pink

  1. Kevin says:

    It’s always difficult to lose a favorite tree, but your outlook to find the sunny — or in this case, pink — side of life. In some of the photos, it looks like pink snow.


  2. Esther Healy says:

    At this time of year, your garden puts on a a wonderful display.
    Just beautiful! E H


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