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...

Drippy and DrizzlyDrippy and Drizzly...
Yeay! Another stay-at-home late autumn day. It's really wet outside, having drizzled and splattered rain for most of the night. Puddles! I have lots of puddles! And lots of wet autumn leaves, perfect for raking into bags. Aargh!
Colours...Colours......
Colours of late autumn AKA early winter - grey and brown, mixed in with greens. But there are bright bursts of colour from flowers, the odd rose, the crabapples. And the white flowers of the weedy potato vine which always seems to be blooming.
Early winter, late autumn?Early winter, late autumn?...
More cleaning up, more bonfiring, more planting, more digging and trimming, more mulching - more early winter work in the garden. Or should that be late autumn? Same thing? Depends on ones state of mind I guess.
Into the water...Into the water......
Seize the day when the water race is running low. Put on my tall gumboots (plus merino long-johns and shorts) and wade down the race slicing through Gunnera roots and trimming the spiky stems and leaves. Ouch!
Plant the new plants!Plant the new plants!...
This is my 'Plant the New Plants' week. Buying them is easy - grab, wheel the trolley, load the boot of the car, unload proudly by the garage. But what about the planting? Walking past the collection of pots every day, occasionally remembering to water them. Oh dear.
Off!Off!...
So the fire restrictions have finally come off, and I have piles of dry mess to burn. Mainly gum bark, Cordyline and Phormium leaves, and shrub prunings. Mess, mess, mess. Non-Gardening Partner has promised to help me. I hope he remembers!
Stop dithering, buy new plants...Stop dithering, buy new plants......
Brrr... A two degree (Celcius) frost, and I have been sitting on the cottage verandah chatting with Speckles the stray, hands clasped around my hot cup of tea. A chilly way to start the morning, and slightly daft, I guess. I've been thinking about buying some new plants for the garden.
Agapanthus obsessed,,,Agapanthus obsessed,,,...
My big clean-up continues. But as soon as border areas are cleared, all I can think of is mass planting Agapanthus. Am Agapanthus-obsessed.
First May gardening day...First May gardening day......
So this is my first May gardening day - rain, ballet, and family visits have filled up days one and two up very nicely. I have a rather detailed list, which (as usual) I may or may not adhere to. Read on!
Good morning MayGood morning May...
Good morning to May, and to rain, perfect for the dry ground. Beautiful autumn leaves are all around (the oaks are nearly bare, the dogwoods still leafy). Autumn is the best season to be thoughtful and thankful, with wonderful sounds and beautiful sights.
The autumn morning routine...The autumn morning routine......
Settling into the autumn morning routine of lighting the log-burner and reading (or writing) until morning tea time, when temperatures outside are less bracing. The frosts have certainly killed off all the dahlias, though a few brave roses are flowering - mainly the Flower Carpet varieties, and the Icebergs.
My dogs are rude...My dogs are rude......
Have just walked around with the dogs to take some autumn tree photographs. And what did I find on the Frisbee Lawn? Yet another disgusting 'thing' that the dogs must have burgled from next-door and stashed under a hedge for future chewing. Aargh!
Goodbye DahliasGoodbye Dahlias...
Have I said this before? Oh yes, bound to have. The joy of having a big garden - there's always a new place with new views in which to work. And seasonal surprises, like the dahlias suddenly drooping, cut down by early frost.
Moony MinimusMoony Minimus...
Whenever there's a very bright moon, my cottage cat Minimus goes all 'moony'. All night she wants to go out, then she wants to come in, then out again. And so on. And because I love Minimus so much I can't ignore her scratching at the door. I get up out of bed...
Pond Clean-UpPond Clean-Up...
The Pond Paddock is suddenly thick with fallen oak leaves. I love the crunching noises they make as I walk back and forth to Pond Cottage.