Friday, August 31, 2012

Spring is here! Woo hoo!!

First day of Spring, how wonderful! Love it!  :) Being in Melbourne, the day started off very sunny but now the sun has hidden itself behind the clouds.  The joys of living in the state which has been described (more than once) as four seasons in one day.  Extremely accurate!  And who wouldn't want a bit of spice?  A bit of change?  Anyway, its spring and there is a definite change in the weather and the land of humans as well.  The plants are still doing what they were doing yesterday but soon, there will be more flowers and more fruit and it will be an abundance of nature.  I fertilized a few days ago.  Managed to choose a time between all the rain drops!  Will we get another wet Spring or will it be drier?  Time will tell.  They are talking about a financial drought; what will that mean for the humble gardener?  When money becomes tight, the garden tends to get neglected.  Happy Spring everyone! 

Monday, August 20, 2012


Its very exciting, as its coming to the close of Winter.  Which means plants are starting to bud.  Some have already started to flower.  Its when roses start to bud - that beautiful green/red budding is so special.  Its when cuttings surge into life. Its an exciting time.  My son turns one, which is also a time to be excited.  My mother-in-law gave me a small cutting of a Daphne a couple of years ago and I've been watching it grow and grow.  And this year, I've flowers.  Brilliant!   So what others flowers are coming into bloom?  I have jonquils, iris, clivea buds.  The name sake of this blog has been flowering now for a few months.  Such a beautiful flower.  It takes my breath away.  Looks almost edible.  At my parent's place - all of five minutes away -  their iris do not come into bloom until October.  Around my sister's birthday.  And my iris started to flower a few weeks ago.  It is odd how in some areas, soil and subtle differences can make a difference within a few kilometres.  
This time of year also sees the wattles come out.  They are so beautiful albeit awful for my hay fever.  The yellow is so vibrant and you cannot help but smile when you seem them in bloom. The other thing about this time of the year is the lawn will need to be mown every few weeks compared to every few months as its growth slows in the winter months.  Everyone seems more happier.  The sun in shining, even if its still cool.  The mornings are crisp but a bit lighter.  There is a small section within the day when a t-shirt might be worn.  Great time of year.  Its also when everything festive starts.  My family have a lot of birthdays in August to December really!  Fun times ahead!  Woo hoo!

Happy birthday to my beautiful boy on the 25th of August.  This year has certainly gone quickly!!