Thursday, September 16, 2010

Magnolias and soft pink prunus blossoms

Greetings from Canberra, Australia, on a sunny Spring day

September in my part of the world is very literally 'change of seasons'. All in one day we can have gentle rain, then sunshine and stillness, then a wild wind from the west, coming off the last patches of snow on the Brindabella mountains. 

Magnolia soulangeana 'Star Wars'
This is the spectacular magnolia 'Star Wars'. She doesn't have many flowers. Her focus is grandeur. There are more photos in the slideshow on the right.

Other magnolias are flowering now. This one is magnolia soulangeana 'Alexandrina.' She has masses of flowers and looks wonderful beside the prunus 'elvins', just coming into bloom.
Prunus 'elvins'

'Elvins' has masses of sword-shaped branches, totally packed with bloom. The blossoms come out pale pink then turn to richer, stronger pink as they age. Nice metaphor I think for all of us to become more colourful as life goes on (and more rich).

Magnolia 'Star Wars' against a grey September sky

Monday, September 6, 2010

My first post in the first week of Spring down under

Greetings from 'The Heart Gardener' on the first week of Spring. 
The cyclamen on my desk finishes for winter
     I've been promising myself this blog for some years. I so want to share the beauty of my garden with you, wherever you are in the world.

     I live in the Australian Capital Territory in our magnificent national capital, Canberra. Canberra is like an enormous parkland. We're inland, and well above sea level. In garden climate terminology, we're in a cool temperate zone.
Ipheons are popping up everywhere!
Warning - don't plant ipheons unless you are willing to cull ruthlessly!

     My husband and I have a quarter-acre block we bought nearly forty years ago when it was bare, scraped clay. We designed and built our own home. Our house is rather conventional but our garden is totally unique. Its style is definitely romantic, with four well-defined seasons.
Soft pink tunnel of prunus cerasifera nigra
     As Spring begins in the southern hemisphere, the walk down our driveway is a glorious tunnel of soft pink prunus cerasifera nigra, underplanted with violets. In the garden, some flowers have been flowering through winter, especially the violas. 

Violas flower in Winter, but heaps more in Spring
The violas are becoming more colourful with each warmer day but the glory of the wonderful winter roses (hellebores) is quickly, and elegantly, fading.
Hellebores farewell Winter in Canberra ACT
     For a while, the garden will be open and sunny. The Spring equinox is only a couple of weeks away.

It's early September in the Heart Garden,
and it's early Spring in the Southern Hemisphere

     I just love this time of year!