Category Archives: gardens

Winter Wonders #2


It always amazes and delights me to see so many plants beginning to emerge and flower in the midst of winter. Tunnelling tulips The days here on the Mount are cold and yesterday was particularly foggy until lunch time. Today … Continue reading

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The golden dogwood


The golden dogwood, heralding summer.

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Florence to Floriade


Our winter school term has just ended and we have made the seven hour drive up to Canberra to meet up with Daughter Number Two and her husband. No, it can’t be compared to Florence, however, since Canberra celebrates its … Continue reading

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All the leaves are brown….


And the sky is grey… well, I did go for a walk as the song suggests, on a not-so-winter’s day. The sky may not be very grey but winter is just around the corner. The autumnal garden changes so rapidly … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the wild side …


As our autumn starts to reveal its true splendour, we should take some time to walk and wander around the neighbourhood. It’s not often that we can walk in solitude. Invariably our walk is pleasantly interrupted by a quick chat … Continue reading

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The Rains Came


After ten weeks of no rain, suddenly the heavens opened up and we received a welcome downpour. Summer here on the mountain can be a mixed blessing. Most of the the time we indulge in sheltered, lush greenery, going about … Continue reading

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Australia Day


26th January commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 in Sydney Cove. Therefore, it is a public holiday for Aussie citizens. We also must take into account indigenous cultures who often do not see this as a day … Continue reading

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To The Lighthouse


Our little soirée on the border of Queensland and New South Wales has seen us celebrate our anniversary by walking to Fingal Point lighthouse. Colin’s dear friend, who passed away a couple of years ago, has a memorial at the … Continue reading

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Love / Hate Relationship


It’s been a gruelling few days. My arms ache, my legs ache and when I close my eyes I see WEEDS, WEEDS and more weeds. Our garden is quite large and the recent heavy rain and heat has encouraged everything … Continue reading

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The Peony Farm


Having just arrived back from the sub-tropics, I was reminded that some plants are unique to the colder climates. One such beautiful specimen is the peony. No sooner had I got back last weekend that I recalled I promised to … Continue reading

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