Sydney: a more congenial garden climate

Even on my best days, patience is not my strong suit. You can imagine how I’m feeling in mid-October with the temperatures still in the mid- to upper-90s. Between the heat and the squirrels, I’m inches from just blowing up the garden to be done with it.

To distract myself, I think back to the Sydney garden, which by now is waking up in the southern spring. To calm my frazzled Texas garden nerves, I share our last round of photos from a cooler, easier, more congenial garden climate.

The decades-old hydrangea that I rescued from under the agapanthus patch was starting beautifully in August.

The decades-old hydrangea that I rescued from under the agapanthus patch was leafing out beautifully in August.

After all these years watching "Gardeners' World" from England, I bought a primula of my own. I planted in the garden when I left. We'll see if it survives, and reseeds.

After all these years watching “Gardeners’ World” from England, I bought a primula of my own. I enjoyed it in a pot on the veranda while in Sydney, then planted it in the garden when I left. We’ll see if it survives, and reseeds.

The clivias were just beginning to flower when we left.

The clivias were just beginning to flower when we left.

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The Geraldton Wax “moulin rouge” (Chamaelaucium uncinatum) were late this year, so we didn’t get to see the gorgeous pink flowers.

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More inspiration from English gardening: a pair of lemon trees espaliered against the garden shed.

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I just love the sweet little flowers on the dianellas.

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I love the foliage of the bergenia. The flowers were a bonus!

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Magnolias flowering. Just magical.

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Hellebore ‘white winter.’ I bought one, then two, then three…

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We planted this monstera deliciosa a year or two ago. They grow like weeds in the Sydney garden, so I’ve planted at least a dozen around the garden.

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We raised the canopy on this overgrown camellia several years ago, and it’s now the queen of the garden.

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Acanthus mollis and a bird’s nest fern, along with the old palm, clustered around the bird bath, in a shady spot.

We planted a pair of native hardenbergia vines to cloak the pillars leading from the veranda to the front.

We planted a pair of native hardenbergia vines to cloak the pillars leading from the veranda to the front entrance.

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Best of all, the exotic flowers of the native grevilleas, which put on a show all winter long.

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2 Responses to Sydney: a more congenial garden climate

  1. Bschrader October 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Lovely! One of the requirements for our retirement location is a more congenial gardening climate!

    • Dancing Red Ranch October 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      We’re thinking Berkeley!

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