Like this flock of pied currawongs (Strepera graculina) photographed in my street a few days ago, I’m enjoying the early morning winter sun while I wait and watch for signs of new life to creep into my garden.


The currawongs have quite possibly come down from the high country to spend winter in Mudgee. While they’re here, they’ll be on the lookout for food- berries and seeds, invertebrates, bird eggs, juvenile birds and young marsupials. Seven or eight of them descended upon my garden last weekend, after a weeding blitz, stalking around and picking over the fresh, loose soil. The resident invertebrates would have been very nervous! By the end of winter, the local native birds are generally ravenous (pardon the pun) and any food that’s put out attracts incredible numbers.

I’m taking advantage of this quiet time to visit and photograph more amazing gardens. While I concentrate on these new projects over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a break from my weekly writings. I’ll probably put up photos on the blog and Facebook, and on Instagram, so you’ll see what I’m up to. For new readers who haven’t seen my earlier posts, I have a few suggestions for you from my archives, to look at.

Bright jewels in the winter garden

Gardens of forgotten dreams

Sculptures in the garden

Good soil- who needs it?

Let me know what you’re up to, and happy gardening!


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Have a great break and I’ll look forward to the future garden posts! Thanks for clicking through to “Dreams and Dragons” just now 🙂

  2. Oops, I think I might have got Gravatars mixed up – sorry it that wasn’t you (blush!)

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      No worries!

      1. Thanks 🙂

  3. tonytomeo says:

    They look big enough to break limbs. The green parrots that have naturalized in the Los Angeles region can form herds that are big enough to break limbs from the carob trees when the fruit develops.
    Is the palm in the background a Washingtonia robusta or filifera? It is funny to think that you would grow those there.
    We are not doing much in the garden now. We had to keep in minimal this year. At work, we are just finishing a new portion of landscape that is quite behind schedule. The heat that everyone else had been complaining about finally caught up with us. It was not seriously bad heat, and nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year, but happened right after we installed the new landscape. A few perennials got roasted.

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