At the end of yet another long, cold, very wet winter we had a promising start to spring. I transplanted some daffodil bulbs last year to the border in front of the studio, they added some early colour along with the camelias.
Sadly, apart from a few sporadic sunny days, the weather of the past two months has been nothing short of atrocious. Amazingly, there are many stoic soldiers that have battled on through the gloomy days, torrential rain and high winds. Nothing seems to deter the annual display of daffodils and a lone jonquil,
and a kaleidoscope of crocuses continue to pop up in unexpected places.
Florentina iris and Spanish bluebells braved the elements
and a surprise appearance from Lachenalia emerged from a young hydrangea shrub.
We have a few clumps of Clivea around the garden but they are often chomped by our nocturnal visitors.
The Magnolia tree is still recovering from years in the shade and will be helped by the impending removal of a few huge gum trees.
The rhododendron blooms in the same section of garden are stunning this year and have the most delicious scent, no wonder the bumble bees are happy.
New tree fern fronds are eagerly unfurling in anticipation of warmer days.
Another spectacular show from the Waratah, although the flowers are now struggling with the prolonged inclement conditions.
Our blueberry yield was very poor last year so we protected them from gale force winds while the fruit set. It is looking promising for this year’s bounty, now we need to protect them from birds and marauding fauna.
Geraldton Wax and grevilleas are providing the bees with much needed nourishment.
I am hopeful that the solitary oriental poppy will become many next year.