Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rusty Bird Garden Jigsaw

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Spring is Door Knocking in my Garden

Spring is door knocking in my garden already. It always seems to make an appearance in my garden around the 23rd of August every year. The days are become just that little bit longer and the sun shines more warmly. This week I found buds appearing, new flowers bursting out and a personal flurry of activity in the garden. You couldn't have stopped me, the weather made me do it. Ha, ha! What a great excuse♥

Here's a look around my garden at the end of August this year.

Camellia Nuccio's Pearl flowering

Camellia Japonica - Angel

Camellia Japonica - Beatrice Emily

Double Poppies - my first try - seeds from a friend at church

Helleborus in full flower
Potted Freesias

One of my shade loving plants under the apple trees. Possibly an anemone.

Potted Arum Lillies

Meanwhile in the edible section of my garden, there's some activity brewing...

Dwarf Meyer Lemon is heavily laden with flowers

Dwarf Santa Rosa Plum is already budding, but the Satsuma Plum is still dormant.

Brown Turkey fig is not only growing leaves but fruit at the SAME time.

Garlics are growing well. Lost two earlier on in the season, but their replacements have caught up.

Growing Green Manure crop around the base of the Curly Kale to add more nitrogen to the soil.

On my list of Never Fail Crops - my leeks are growing well.

Broad Beans have started to shoot up fast

Turned over the compost bins. Beautiful stuff!


Baby Fennel is almost ready to harvest. Oh yum!

August always makes me feel excited in the garden. How is your garden going this year?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Helleborus Jigsaw

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Manning's SALA Sculptures 2014

Every year the SALA Festival has grown in popularity throughout South Australia as more people find local artists displaying in their local area. The creative whimsy and technical flare of these artists are the real draw card, that gets people hopping into their car to drive across town to go see them, too.

South Australian artists of every physical medium display in selected locations throughout the community, bringing their art to the masses in an ambiance that reflects their creative efforts. You may not go out of your way to visit an art gallery, so the gallery comes to you in the form of a cafe, winery or even a plant nursery. Seeing art displayed in your relaxed environment helps you to see the potential of it being displayed in your own home.

I have really grown to enjoy SALA. Its one of those events where even the hardest person to market art to can develop an interest, and I confess that is me. I need more than just a painting on canvas, I need to be able to touch the art that I love, and I want others to enjoy it just as much.

So this year, my hubby and I drove to Newman's Nursery at Tea Tree Gully to view the amazing rusty garden sculptures by Manning Sculptures.

You may have seen a Manning Sculpture before and not known it. Brighton beach in Adelaide plays host to many of their sculptures throughout the year, and also at the Royal Adelaide Show, where they display year after year in the Goyder Pavilion amongst the garden displays in the fruit corner. Its there you can buy something large or small for the garden. I started out with a small wren and a rooster that take pride of place in my espalier garden.

Manning Sculptures at Brighton Beach, Adelaide 2013
Rod, Ty & Judy Manning

SALA Festival - Manning Sculptures at Newman's Nursery, Tea Tree Gully August 2014

Other beautiful sights at Newmans too...

Look what followed me home...
So excited to add this to my garden, finally! Much planning, scrimping and saving. It will make it's way to my front garden, hopefully, to stand proudly in front my new fruit trees.

If you would like to explore the Manning Sculpture range and prices, you can find them here:
Website: www.manningsculptures.com.au
Facebook: Manning Sculptures

Manning's current price list can be found on this page at the top to download.

They are also showing at two other locations during SALA (August 2014). Visit their website for more information.

An amazing event, bringing it to the people of South Australia!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Daffodil in Winter Jigsaw

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Front Garden Fruit Tree Make-Over

Someone reminded me that I haven't given any updates of my front garden's progress. I agree, it is well overdue. The sun is finally out, and the grass is slowly recovering. The Kikuyu lawn will bounce back in time for the start of spring. You can't kill that grass, just wrestle with it out of the garden beds. The reason why we chose the edging we did was to control our invasive lawn. I think it looks marvelous and it can only get better!

Fruit Trees planted this year:

  • English Black Mulberry
  • 5 x Ballerina Apple Trees - Polka & Waltz varieties (pollinators)
  • 2 x Super Dwarf Peaches - Valley Red variety
  • Dwarf Imperial Mandarin

Other plants:

  • Helleborus
  • Rose - Geewiz Rosa Generosa (Maselgi)
  • Volcano plant
  • Grevilleas
  • Dianellas (in between the apple trees)

The bulb flowers and Helleborus are in full bloom with many more buds to soon open. And my transplanted dwarf Imperial Mandarin is still alive.

I have plans to add boarder plants to soften the stone edging.

Do you like my edging choice? It really stands out and makes such a welcome difference to the front yard.



Transplanted peony just starting to shoot

What a great way to spent my winter! This garden is going to look magnificent when the fruit trees start flowering. Attracting bees to my fruit garden is my top priority, so my lavender and salvia plants are earning their keep.

I was always worried that adding fruit trees to my front garden would look terribly unkept, but I think I have found just the right balance with the landscaping to have achieved a magnificent garden.

And its not finished! More to come soon♥