Been a little while since I’ve reported on how our paddock garden is going. We’ve had to stop planting since around December and have spent many evenings watering new plants. Thankfully, during January, we’ve had a fair amount of rain – a lot more than last year, and the highest January rainfall since we started recording it back in 2014. This has been a real blessing, and we haven’t had to do any hand watering for quite awhile now. But it is mid summer and we know that won’t always be the case.
The silver birches, which were barely my hip height in January 2018 are now quite tall, some at least 3 metres tall, maybe taller (I’m a shorty at 1.5mtrs). Think there’s only one that’s smaller than me now but all the rest are much taller. They’re looking great and love being where they are – in the septic run off from our property. We watered them in on the day we planted them and haven’t watered them since – seriously!
We have a Salvia section that is growing well, a section with mainly natives, the fire-pit is now surrounded by a lovely green lawn, the rose garden section is in colour but still needs a lot more bushes and the sedum and grasses section below the billabong is doing very well. The billabong, which was the first section to really take on character and has frogs living there permanently, lots of tadpoles, the fish have bred and the local ducks and other bird life come to bathe, or just enjoy the environment. So, it is doing well – just not growing as quickly as we’d like but we still have tons of planting to do.