Wednesday was a public holiday here in Australia, so my husband and I spent some time in the garden in the afternoon. We had over 300 bulbs to get into the ground, in preparation for Spring. The weather has begun to cool down, although we still haven’t had a lot of rain here. Been the driest Summer/Autumn period in our region for quite sometime. A few weeks ago we had to have 10,000 litres brought in by truck, as our tank was almost empty – it’s usually kept full from overflow from the house tanks.
Anyway, my husband bought this awesome tool some months ago. It’s called the Power Planter. We love it. He showed me how to use it the other day and I planted 14 Salvia bushes in quite a short time. Not only a time saver, it saves your back too! Anyway, today’s project was to plant the bulbs and we were so thrilled to get them done in just over an hour! Just over an hour! Had we been doing it the old way (digging over the soil, digging a hole for each bulb, etc) it would have taken much longer and our backs would have felt it too.
Anyway, as I said, we love our power planter. Just makes the job easy. Graham made the holes, I dropped the bulbs in, then watered them in and covered them over. Easy peasy. Hopefully, next Spring, this whole stretch at the top of our paddock garden will be filled with colour. We planted: Liliums, Dutch Crocus, Hoop Petticoat, Garland Lilies, Daffodils, Tulips, Freesia, Ranunculi, Grape Hyacinth, Spring Stars, Anemone, Ixia and Dutch Iris. Also a Ferraria Undulata that I saw at the garden show last month in Melbourne. We still plan to put some ground cover in this section for the rest of the year. Thinking on which ones in particular at the moment. Hopefully we’ll complete that soon.
I didn’t know, till yesterday, that ladybugs actually develop from larvae. Never even occurred to me, but it was because I noticed some on our powdery mildew zucchini leaves and saw they were the same colour as the ladybugs that I thought I’d do some research on this.
There were lots of ladybugs and several larvae on our mildew covered zucchini leaves. I’ve since been informed by a gardening friend that the yellow & black ladybird is definitely a goodie, they are attracted to powdery mildew on zucchini and the like because they feed on it and it’s only the yellow & black ones that do eat it. So we’re glad to see them in our garden!
As a photographer, it’s always lovely when your work gets recognised, even if in just a small way. There’s a satisfaction and glow in knowing that someone else appreciates your work.
This week I got a lovely surprise when I received an email to say one of my images had been featured in an article by Gurushots about 41 Exquisitely Curvy Shots. I had entered some images for one of their challenges quite some time ago and one of them caught their attention and was used in this article. It’s a fair way down the page but you can enjoy all the other images there too, on your journey through the page.
However, if you don’t wish to, the image is here too. This was taken at Wychwood Gardens, in Tasmania, December 2016.
Went out for the purpose of finding small things in the garden late this afternoon. So glad I did.
Saw all sorts of insects I hadn’t noticed before, some new flowers popping up and also this beautiful Spotted Sedge Skipper Butterfly – quite small and quite beautiful, don’t you think? I love seeing butterflies in Summer in our garden and love that our garden attracts several different types.
I also saw a number of other bugs and insects, some good for the garden, some not so good, but all very interesting and some quite colourful.
Our lilies are opening up now. Often referred to as Christmas lilies because of the time of year we have two different colours out right now and waiting for others to open.
This one is huge, I don’t remember it being so big last year. Looks amazing in our front garden. We have others down in the paddock and in our back yard too, but none of those are the size of these – at least not yet.
The blue banded bees are back! Well, one so far, anyway.
Just love these bees, they have a different buzz and dart or zig zag around the place. This one I saw yesterday in our vegetable garden, enjoying the comfrey flowers. So thrilled to see them back again!