Recent Garden News

 Being modest, as usual...
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The Recent Garden News page displays the fifteen most recent additions to Mooseys Country Garden. This should help visitors keep up with what's going on in my garden.

Gardens are always growing and changing - there's always something new to see. And, as I love writing about my garden almost as much as being in it, there'll always be some new Moosey ramblings to read, or new pictures to look at. Perhaps the garden activities of my summer will warm up a northern hemisphere gardener's winter days. I know how much I enjoy my mid-winter garden visits to summery places.

Two weeks can be a long time in the life of a garden. There's inevitably some repetition, so please be understanding if I'm saying the same things over and over again. I hope you'll enjoy seeing what I've been working on recently...

A sad day...A sad day......
A thoughtful, sad day. Tiger the tortoiseshell cat is no longer with us. She is buried in the new rose garden in the Hump. A solemn moment - kneeling in the dirt, laying her body gently in the ground, then plop! A tennis ball lands right on top of her, dropped there by Winnie the dog. Throw the ball!
Stronger!Stronger!...
I am stronger! How do I know this? Three years ago I did battle with the coarse green Carexes in Middle Garden. I flung the spade and I swung the axe for hours. They wouldn't budge. Ha! Today the biggest one came out - easy as - in five minutes. Three years bigger.
A tale of two lists...A tale of two lists......
Aha! Allow me to present this morning's list : prune two apple trees, chainsaw the stump in middle of path, trim Olearias by the cottage down at head height, deal to dead plum tree, deliver two scoops of mulch to the new rose garden. Wonder who that's for?
Give me five...Give me five......
Five things that I love to fill each day with : music, friends and family, garden, cats and dogs, and knowledge. Five ticks for today! Details : playing Bach trio sonatas in the morning, lunch with my dearest friend, afternoon gardening and frisbee throwing with the dogs, then inside for cat cuddles and my book about K2 (scary mountain).
Too small...Too small......
Too naughty. For two days I've been poking and scraping with little commitment at the weeds in my garden. I've done small scale tidying - ineffectual and far too small, for my large garden. I've been using the kneeler, and let me tell you - it's hardly moved.
Looking much tidier...Looking much tidier......
One good reason why I like Non-Gardening Partner so much. Last week, walking with the dogs, he remarked - without any prompting or hinting from me - that my winter garden was looking much tidier than he could ever remember. Yesssss! Because I reckon I've been doing heaps of trimming and pruning. I can't remember doing this much before!
In the water...In the water......
Today I am putting on my so-called 'frog-suit' (waders), finding my sharp spade (ha ha), and getting into the water race to continue cleaning up the Phormiums, Carexes, and Astelias. I love spending a sunny winter's day working in the water. It's peaceful and rather spiritual (if a little cold)...
Oh yes? Oh no!Oh yes? Oh no!...
Another cool winter's morning - just about to crow about yesterday's gardening efforts. Oh yes! Me! Wasn't I good! Seeing what needed doing, stopping, and simply doing it. Oh no! Left my camera outside to spend the night on the garden bench...
A fresh start to AugustA fresh start to August...
Hello, August. A fresh start - I promise not to be a lazybones and lurk in the house writing music, reading, or playing my piano. I can do all of these things after I've had a good gardening day. If you throw up any cold, wet weather, I'll just dress in merino...
Must do better...Must do better......
So far this August I have done the following : walked around, and around, and around the garden with the dogs. Taken photographs of the early Camellias. Lit the wood burner, collected firewood, fed the log burner. As you can see, I am an August gardening fraud...
Issues with shrubs...Issues with shrubs......
Taking the dogs for a walk, floating in a bubble of garden happiness. I cross the bridge, turn left, wander past the large soon-to-flower rhododendrons and onto Duck Lawn. Giggle, because Duck Lawn has been duckless for years - something to do with those dogs?
Little day in...Little day in......
It's the day after my big garden day out, and I've allowed myself to do lots of little things. A swim, sushi and coffee, a visit to the Op Shop. Yeay! I bought THE most divine apres-gardening home-knitted woolly jersey. Paid ten dollars - navy blue, with cables, long enough to cover my bottom...
Big day out...Big day out......
Am so happy that my current winter website photographs can now be uploaded, to accompany my winter journal ramblings. Yeay! This has resulted in a flurry of trips outside, pointing the camera at winter garden scenes (which all look much like last winter's ones...)
Winter photographs!Winter photographs!...
Am so happy that my current winter website photographs can now be uploaded, to accompany my winter journal ramblings. Yeay! This has resulted in a flurry of trips outside, pointing the camera at winter garden scenes (which all look much like last winter's ones...)
Hello, old friend...Hello, old friend......
This morning - a couple of minutes of pure magic. The sun! Hello, old friend! Yeay for the sun, I shouted. Alas, I scared it away. It's been drizzly and gloomy for some days, but not cold - lovely winter gardening weather if one doesn't mind muddy knees.