Red hot pokers, birch and green green green. Thanks to my bro for the pic!
Not a lot is flowering at the beginning of July – just a few early rhododendrons (how beautiful is the orange/yellow deciduous one – it’s an azalea I believe) and a rogue dutch iris.
Usually the end of Summer / early Autumn is not kind to gardens – spring bulbs have long lost their blooms, summer roses are faded and tired and autumn colours are yet to show. The hydrangeas bring a few spots of colour but everything is a bit spent and ready for a sleep through winter. Except for these guys.
Pushing through the grass, Autumn Crocus herald the change of season in a most colourful way. They have been popping up all over the place – in the lawn, in pots, under the trees, in the middle of paths. They are the first of the hidden gems that we have seen – plants lying dormant under the soil, ready to burst forth when the conditions are just right. I can’t wait to see the garden in all seasons – who knows what else we will find!
At the top of the property, up a track a goat would find difficult, there is The Top Dam. There has been no mention of this dam in any of the real estate blurb, and we only found out about it because the owner turned up while we were there and told us. After one false start we found the road and tentatively drove the (hire – oops!) car into the forest. At the top of the goat track, the view was somewhat uninspiring – a grass and sag covered bank loomed up from the paddock, obscuring any glimpse of the dam or anything beyond. Leaving my camera in the car I debated whether to climb to the top of the bund or not but as Clint had already marched to the top I decided I should as well. This is the view that greeted me when I crested the hill.
I was speechless – a wonderful, secluded, peaceful place with the added bonus of supplying the garden with all the water it could need. This was the icing on the cake for us – once we had seen this we couldn’t go back!
p.s photo credits to Mum – thanks Mum!