Moosey News : September 2006
Welcome to September's newsletter. The Moosey newsletters have been running now for over a year, and this month's features a Samoan-style change of garden scenery.
This month's features :
- Samoa - Gardens of Savai'i
- Samoan Journals
- New Shrubs
- The Cats of Samoa
- Haru the Pet Lamb
- Plant of the Month : Pink Camellia
- Animal of the Month : The Sheep (Except Ewe No. 98-346)
- Garden Quote : The Colour of Fence Paint
- Garden Gallery : Daffodils
- Forum Focus : Spring-Cleaning
- Gardening Advice : Being a Free Spirit
- Searching for Moosey : Cats, Cats, and More Cats.
- Coming up this month : Spring! New beginnings, time to make the old mistakes all over again...
This month's features
I went to Samoa expecting sun, humidity, sea, and coconut palms. I wasn't expecting to see such beautiful ornamental gardens.
An exercise book of scribblings and sketchings has been condensed into three journal pages of my Samoan holiday. Honestly - the ramblings in these pages have already been compacted and condensed! Read about the disgraceful sunhat, the head-butting fish...
3. New Shrubs
I have graduated to my shrub phase, and the Moosey garden is opening its borders to mass shrub movements.
Meet just a couple of nameless Samoan cats, of unusual build and size, who provided much cat-company on the beautiful beach at Manase, Savai'i.
Just in time for spring, our small group of selected merino ewes is having their lambs. Hmm... So far we are hand-rearing one little girl, named Haru.
6. Plant of the Month : Pink Camellia
I suspect that this Camellia has one of the most beautiful pink flowers in the whole shrub world! See what you think...
7. Animal of the Month : The Sheep (Except Ewe No. 98-346)
The Moosey merino ewes have their photograph in the glossiest of American magazines, called Early American Life - I've just received two copies in the post. Their photo takes up half a glossy page! Apart from ewe no. 98-346 (the mother who abandoned our dear little pet lamb) they deserve this month's award.
8. Garden Quote : The Colour of Fence Paint
Never pick fence paint the same colour as the mulch! An earth-shattering gardening rule, if I can indulgently quote myself.
9. Garden Gallery : Daffodils
Some of my earliest daffodils to bloom are simple souls with warm orange centres. Their colours are so appreciated after the drab of winter!
10. Forum Focus : Spring Cleaning
Northern hemisphere friends are busy cleaning up - their spring is well behind. Those of us in the south are starting to enjoy the colours and flowers of the new spring season. I think that those in the middle must get colour and beautiful foliage all the year round!
11. Gardening Advice : Being a Free Spirit
Hail to thee, blithe garden spirit! You're allowed to be a free spirit! Every gardener is allowed complete freedom of expression in their own garden.
12. Searching for Moosey : Cats, Cats, and More Cats.
- It's a bit of a cat-fest this month. There have been searches for a 'terracotta cat' (oops - the colour of my fence paint), 'hyperactive cat' (the Moosey cats spend more time being 'subactive') and 'Eek the cat'. Lovers of this so-named cartoon feline will be disappointed, as they are firmly directed into a rambling gardening journal, with phrases like 'Eek! The cat has just caught a large rodent...Then there's cat's tail. Check out Fluff-Fluff's bottlebrush tail, pictured in this journal page. You'll also spot Jerome the Grey being 'subactive'...
13. Coming up this month : Spring - the perfect time to make old mistakes all over again!
It's such a joyous time for gardeners and plants. I remind myself that this is the time of new beginnings - is it too late to plant my new trees? And my seeds?