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Newsletter - August 2017

Greetings dear friends

Although still in the depths of winter down our way, the bush garden is alive with colour.  I wish I could take you by the hand and show you all the treasures hidden away from the path.   You will have to make do with my attempts of photography instead. There are wattles in all shades of yellow and all sizes from the small showy bushes, to a myriad of small trees that blossom for just a few short weeks.  The Cootamundra in particular is sensational in full bloom, however from the first burst of yellow the show lasts about 10 days before the curtain closes.  It is worth it though.  Who cannot be uplifted by a ball of golden yellow blossom against a grey sky?

In the paddock over the road from our place is an almond grove in full blossom too.  Beautiful fluffy white flowers tinged with pink in the centre, densely packed along the dark brown branches.  Almonds make great garden trees by the way, full array of attributes, with spring blossom, green leaves, autumn nuts, and wriggly brown branches that silhouette across the sky in winter.  They don’t grow to a huge height and can be neatly trimmed to fit into the back yard.  Now you can’t ask for more can you?

The front gates need fixing and whilst T was busily explaining how he intended to secure them, my attention was drawn to a clump of correa, beautifully covered in red and orangey bells glinting in the sum from the rain shower just passed.  I had taken cuttings of this particular correa some years ago and planted them out in the hope one or two might survive the drought.  Only one did, and a beauty too.  It’s a mistake to think a native plant indigenous to your area will survive harsh and dry conditions, just because they should be used to them.  They don’t.  I’ve found there’s a fair bit of luck involved in cultivating native plants.  It’s mainly down to timing of the planting, dodging out of season conditions, and keeping the local fauna at bay.   Whilst I try to keep plants watered through the first summer of planting, I reckon the ratio of survivors to loss is about 1 in 7.  If I had a dollar for every plant I’ve lost…………

Anyway, we had some good rains in July following a very dry June, and so another two rows of French lavender [dentata] were planted.  This time, a white variety called ‘snowball’.  They are in between the rows of blue dentata and should look a treat once they are up.  French lavenders are ultra hardy, a great cut flower and a long lived showy plant that bloom through winter.

And I have to mention the rosemary in full flower too, shimmering blue in winter sun.  We have them all around the cottage planted as a hedge.   Standing alongside them yesterday they were alive with the hum of honey bees, and the blue wrens darting here and there to the bird bath and back, twittering away.

Off to cream some honey now.  Take care dear friends and enjoy the colours of winter around your way. Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.

Christine.

 McLaren Vale Lavender Products – Winner Best Product 2014, 2017

The Australian Lavender Growers Association