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What’s New in the Garden?

Isn't Miss Tibbs clever? Planted those seedling herself.... ;)
Isn’t Miss Tibbs clever? Planted all those seedling herself…. 😉

“In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.” ~ Dodinsky

I don't remember all of the names of my new plants, so I call this one "Tiny White".
I don’t remember all of the names of my new plants, so I call this one “Tiny White”.

Little Miss Tibbs loves gardening. She thinks she is in seventh heaven when she’s sniffing the stories of the breeze, rolling in the freshly laid mulch and basking in the sunshine amid the colourful flowers. 🙂

Under the watchful eye of Miss Tibbs, I planted Cornflower and Foxglove seedlings, the whole way along the line of the fence. I haven’t tried out either plant before, so it will be very interesting to see if they grow well. Both are classed as old-fashioned flowers, and I’m an old-fashioned person, so we will be very happy together if they like their new home. Just imagine the cut flowers I could be bringing inside in a few month time!

My pink Poinsettia spent a number of months in a small pot, now look at it!
My pink Poinsettia spent a number of months in a small pot, now look at it!

My son and his lovely wife-to-be will be married in our garden this September, so the rush is on to have the whole garden looking just right. I’m planting seedlings and flowering shrubs, weeding and mulching, whilst husband takes care of the heavier work to be done.

Husband is tackling the biggest job of all right now by replacing a retaining wall, which holds up our paved area right behind the house, where the main events of the wedding will take place. Over the years the wall had moved and the paving dropped ~ cracks were beginning to appear throughout a whole section of the area, and now, with the wedding imminent, the rush to have it repaired is on!

An all-time favouite edging plant, Alyssum.
An all-time favouite edging plant, Alyssum.

Little Forrest puppy, my son’s dog, and a little adventurer, had discovered how to escape out of the back yard, so my son has begun to fence the back garden into two sections, the upper section will be for entertaining, gardens, and the swimming area, whilst the lower section (where the escapee likes to break out!) will be known in future as the food area. This is where we have our fruit trees, the pecan nut trees and vegetable gardens.

The food area is also the area where my future chook pen will be positioned. safely away from bouncing dogs, and I’m hoping that my future chooks will oblige by fertilising my fruit trees in return for a large run. 🙂 But they will have to wait until after the wedding.

A love of Fuschias.
A love of Fuschias.

I have planted three fuschias in the garden this year, and so far, all three have survived, which is a first for me. Previously, I have tried to grow fuschias in hanging baskets and have lost them all, so I’m hoping they will continue to flourish in the flower beds.

Fuschias bring back happy memories of my very young days, living in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. We had a beautiful fuschia bush, and my “middle” sister (she’s 13 years older than me) would help me to lay the cut flowers between pieces of blotting paper. We would then carefully place heavy books on top of the flowers to “press” them. The same method of pressing worked very well with pansy flowers.

Last week I asked our local stationer if they had any blotting paper and they unfortunately didn’t. He told me they had been trying to get it in stock for some time now, without success.

Sniff, sniff...
Sniff, sniff…

I wonder what Miss Tibbs could smell here? We hear the occasional possum or bandicoot out and about at night. Perhaps they have ventured along this fence at some stage, leaving a scent for another, more curious feline-type animal to investigate.

New Snapdragons.
New Snapdragons.

My daughters loved snapdragons when they were little, so when Emma and I saw these at the garden centre, we had to bring some home for the garden. They are so colourful, and another flower that brings back happy memories of years gone by.

With my first grandchild due in November, I want to have a happy garden in which they will be making their own new memories.

A beautiful climbing shrub, Duranta.
A beautiful climbing shrub, Duranta.

I found a climbing shrub, Duranta, about a year ago. I hadn’t heard of the plant before, but the flowers looked so pretty, so I thought I would give it a go next to the chainwire fence. I think it likes growing there, it has grown substantially bigger since I planted it, and has started to flower again this year. Happy Plant ~ Happy Gardener!

Another favourite, Dianthus.
Another favourite, Dianthus.

I never seem to go wrong with either Dianthus or Alyssum as edging plants for a flower bed. No matter where I plant them in the garden, sun or part shade, they grow well, and continue to flower, year after year.

My faithful little garden helper.
My faithful little garden helper.

Well, that’s the latest of my plantings in the garden for this week. I thought it might be fun to try and keep a journal of what I’m planting, and when they are planted, and if the plants I choose are successful or not, for future reference. It also may be of interest to my overseas friends to compare the difference between the plants we grow in each of our countries.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping that all of my choices grow well in my sub-tropical climate. The harsh summer time will be the biggest test for them all, but we have a wedding before the heat arrives, and all being well, I will have some beautiful flowers to admire come September, which will double as backdrops for the wedding photos. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “What’s New in the Garden?

    1. I can do my planting any time during spring, autumn or winter Sybil, but summer is too hot for both me and the plants! Once the plants are established, they usually survive the heat of the summer, but I do lose some plants if they don’t get enough water. There are a lot of different varieties of plants now that are especially designed to suit our sub-tropical area though, and they are readily available in our local stores. I can hardly wait for the garden to be ready for the wedding ~ imagine the photos I will take! 🙂

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  1. Oh how exciting to plan a garden for a wedding! Looks like you are planting a sub-tropical paradise. I love alyssum and snap dragons and used to have them in my garden, too. Your faithful little helper is such a sweetheart – you do have to wonder what messages she is picking up there when she sniffs the fence. 🙂

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    1. It will be exciting to have the wedding here, Barbara. It’s a good excuse to get to all of the chores around the garden that have been put off for another day, as now they have to be done, because we have a dead-line! I’m looking forward to sharing more photos of the garden as work progresses. 🙂

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    1. You wouldn’t be digging through the snow in your garden to do this, would you! That’s one of the things I love about blogging, seeing the different seasons as we all experience them in different countries. 🙂

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  2. I walk around my flower beds and try to remember what used to be there before they developed lives of their own and certain plants took over. Time to start over in a couple of them. Your gardens are lovely.

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    1. Oh, I know that feeling too, Carol, and sometimes I start taking away weeds only to find a treasured plant gasping for air behind them all! It’s always fun to redecorate flower beds. 🙂

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