Thanks for the rain!

March was beautiful with a blessed 140mm of rainfall in Mudgee. Temperatures remain fairly warm and my garden has shown its gratitude in April. Some summer-flowering plants are staging a last hurrah, even as the elm leaves are turning yellow and the usual autumn flowerings begin.

Plumbago

Following my last blog post, my gorgeous single white Camellia sasanqua is radiant in my shaded garden. I love the fragility of its crinkled petals.

There are other lovely pink sasanqua camellias too.

Salvia leucantha “purple velvet” has taken off since I had some trees removed to provide more sunlight.

Salvia leucantha “purple velvet”

Loropetalum “Plum Gorgeous” will be giving me joy with its sweet tousled flowers as winter approaches.

Loropetalum “Plum Gorgeous”

The samphire flowers are fading and developing seed heads.

Samphire

The hippeastrums have surprised me with a late flourish.

Hippeastrum

My roses have saved their best for autumn- Princess de Monaco is a star.


My new order of spring-flowering bulbs- daffodils and Dutch Iris- and the tulips which I lifted last spring, are getting their pre-planting chill in the crisper. This weekend I will be preparing the beds for planting in the next few weeks, once the weather cools down a bit more. The violets have begun flowering.

Welcome to 2019, violets!

Pied Currawongs, on their annual journey from the high country to lower altitudes for the winter, flock and swoop through my garden, calling their friends to join them as they pass through.

I hope you are enjoying the delights of the season in your garden, wherever you may be.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Samphire? I had to look that up.

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      Varieties of samphire grow wild in salt marshes. People who are into foraging for wild food like it. purchased mine from the nursery. I use the tender tips in salads- they have a very tangy flavour. Most of all I love the umbels at all stages from the first appearance of the tiny buds right through the flowering and development of the pinkish seed cases- the range of subtle colours is enchanting.

      1. tonytomeo says:

        The name is cool. It sounds like jewelry.

  2. margaret says:

    i love the samphire, and looking for a spot at my place for it to grow.

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      I’ll save some seeds for you.

  3. Sheri Libby says:

    So beautiful

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      Thanks Sheri!

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