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Winter here, missing Sydney summer

The hard freezes have done some damage here at Dancing Red Ranch. The oleander hedge has turned crispy brown, and I’m unsure which of my new fall plantings in the Well House Garden will return with the spring. But that’s the adventure of gardening! We’ve gotten an excellent head start on annual maintenance. This year, […]

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My rescue garden

Some people have rescue pets; I have a rescue garden. It’s the one in Sydney, begun by my in-laws when the house was built in 1966. In the past decades, it suffered severely from benign neglect. Three years after we took a metaphorical machete to the overgrowth, it’s coming along as a blend of venerable […]

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Christo, Fergus and me

Central Texas has been rainy this month, so everything here is surprisingly, and rather oddly, green. Still, it’s too hot to start planting and will be for at least another four to six weeks. Sidelined, I turn to books. Today I finished one by Christopher Lloyd — The Adventurous Gardener. (I’m concurrently working my way […]

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Things I didn’t photograph

I am a constant gardener, but an unconstant blogger. If I were as devoted a blogger as a gardener, I’d have pictures for you of the lovely garden we’ve left on its own to enter spring and early summer in Sydney. I’d have pictures of our Eremophila nivea, a bushy silver-gray native that is notoriously […]

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Greenhouse envy

I’m a sucker for any kind of  “backstage” tour, and the glasshouse tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney was no disappointment. Led by botanist Dr. Dale Dixon, Curator Manager at the garden, we made our way through the new tropical display house, known as Latitude 23, which is home to an amazing collection of […]

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Meanwhile, back in Sydney

A few days after our dear neighbor sent this photo of our glorious corymbia ‘Summer Red’ in full flower, she emailed this other photo of a large, fallen limb of the jacaranda several yards away. Apparently the corymbia needs a stake, but will survive! (Work to do on that limb when we return . . […]

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Summer in Sydney

Just as the cold change moves into the Hill Country, I receive these photos from Andy, my Sydney neighbhor. I hope they cheer you up as they have me!

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Superb!

Andy, my sweet neighbor in Sydney, sent along this photo from our front garden. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a Grevillea “Superb,” a low, spreading evergreen shrub with deeply divided foliage bearing large, salmon-colored flowers all year long. Grevilleas are native to Australia, and this hybrid is a cross between a Queensland native, Grevillea banksii, which […]

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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 […]

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In praise of magnolias

Who knew? I always thought of magnolias (if I ever thought of them) as the over-dressed girls of the tree world. But spring has come early to Sydney this year, and we’ve experienced all three magnolia trees in all their glory. I’m in love — truly, madly, deeply. Like the redbud I know well from […]

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