I am not trying to taunt those of you who have been house bound but I have been out and about in this glorious autumn weather. Yesterday I was savouring the brilliant reds and yellows and oranges of the deciduous trees as I drove to a garden consultation appointment in Canberra and a plant delivery in Hall. In Canberra my client had noticed an increase in native birds as the native plants we had planted in the last couple of years start to get bigger and flower. The visit was to advise on some infill ideas for this delightful courtyard garden. The delivery of plants to Hall was to another native plant lover who is trying to get rid of ivy and periwinkle without poisonous sprays and replace with natives to attract native fauna. Its so special that we have a growing number of people who value what is uniquely Australian and want to do it justice. I couldn’t help singing at the top of my voice to the radio for the pure joy of it.
Earlier in the week I drove to Yass to visit a clients garden. Gorgeous rows of white standard roses lined the brick path to the front door underplanted with fabulously intricate ballerina flowers of Fuchsia in pinks and purples. Simply exquisite. She wanted to plant a large area in native plants to ‘bring back the birds’ but at the same time could enjoy the beauty of the exotic plantings of the previous owner.
And a couple of weeks ago I visited a clients garden in Canberra where the natives have been planted to blend seamlessly with the reserve right across the front of the house. The native birds flitted in and out, bright splashes of colour, while I collected cuttings and found treasures I hadn’t seen before.
This week I am out and about again. I am off to Bango to have a look at a garden. Oh gosh I love it all. If there is anything I love as much as propagating plants it is to be invited into your domain to enjoy the diverse way in which each of you puts together our plants to created something special.
I know that many of you are out in the garden busy planting. I know this because you have come to our nursery and bought plants and I know that you know that Autumn is the best time to plant so you will be out there getting them in the ground. For those of you who have not yet heard, Autumn is THE best time to plant new plants in the garden in this region, followed by spring, followed by…..well just anytime if you are me. But yes I have been exhausting myself filling in spaces in the garden this Autumn and now because it is raining I am inside doing what I should have been doing this last fortnight and that is housework, updating the website and talking to you.
I don’t feel like I have a lot to say but I wanted to let you know that at the nursery Iris and I are already planning for plant sales in spring AND we still have some plants for sale right now. As there are no markets open to sell our plants through at the moment we have opened the nursery to customers by arrangement and/or we are happy to put an order of plants together for you. You pay online and we leave at the nursery gate for pick up, or if you are in Yass or Murrumbateman we can deliver plants to you after payment is received and if you live in Canberra we can arrange to meet you at the border in Hall for a flat fee of $10. And the other good news is our sale prices still apply. All 70mm and 90mm pots remain at $6 each (except for PBR registered plants). Until I have completed updating the website I cannot guarantee that all the plants listed are available but please feel free to email or text us (details on website) to enquire.
So, business out the way and the rain coming down heavier than ever, here are some pictures of some of the plants which are flowering in my garden right now.