I’ve really enjoyed contributing to Becky’s October Squares and seeing so many creative and beautiful photos. Thanks everyone 🙂
One of the first things we wanted to do when we moved, was buy pots for our balcony. I visited a local nursery to get advice for our windy, coastal location. We chose these pots and planted violas and Rhaphiolepis (Indian hawthorn). They are thriving and look good with our ceramic poppies from The Tower of London.
Apparently these bushes are “one of the most bulletproof shrubs around”. As they mature they will have these tiny white flowers.
This is the garden we’ve acquired with our new home. African daisies are in full flower, in various colours.
There are a couple of flower beds in front of the house. One easy care bed with rosemary bushes. One beside the drive with roses, small azaleas, lilies and other as yet unidentified plants.
At the back, there is a large wooden deck area, with the real garden behind the hedge. When we viewed the house the two raised vegetable beds were full, but they were empty when we moved in. So we are starting from scratch in those beds.
On the right hand side of the decking there are olive trees and one citrus bush. The lemons had been picked before we moved in but olives are maturing on at least one tree.
We are happy that there is no lawn and we won’t need a mower. As this is the first garden we’ve had in Australia, we had no tools or equipment. We only had a hand trowel for our balcony herb box in our rental place. So we have purchased gloves, secateurs, watering can and a hose to begin our new garden journey.
I’m looking forward to the coming months, to see what this garden will reveal. The first year will be full of surprises.
Does anyone know what this lovely soft leave bush might be?
Last weekend, we visited Australia’s largest and oldest lavender farm, here in Tasmania. We timed it perfectly.
“The fields contain approximately 65,000 plants and the total length of the rows are 200 kilometres. Harvesting takes place in January.”
The scene and the scent were both beautiful. We wandered along the rows, amongst the plants and enjoyed lavender inspired treats in the café.
and sunny day again.