Autumn in Canberra is all about the changing light, birds flying in and out of the garden, and the pleasant gardening weather.
Easter is a time when all the almonds on our tree have ripened, and the shells have softened after some much needed rain in the last few weeks. This means the almond cafe is open for business.
For those new to my blog, cockatoos love softened almonds, and especially when they fall on the carport roof. This allows them to eat and chat in relative safety. They are very sociable birds, and the young ones in this photo seem to very happy with their almonds.
There were fourteen cockatoos on the carport roof and the almond tree when this photo was taken.
Interestingly, most cockatoos seem to consistently hold food in their left claw…
Our garden has changed over time, and now some of our bigger trees need trimming every year. The apple tree on the right hand side is the only tree in the garden to get special treatment, clipped by a trained arborist.
…thus the lovely shape in summer.
Last autumn Paul cleared a large section of the garden, and we had fun choosing some new plants, something you don’t get a chance to do very often in an established garden.
This year Paul re-did the paths with wood chips and put mulch all around the plants.
It looks like a completely new garden!
We have two rain water tanks. The white tank in the photo below is the smaller one, kept purely for this garden. It is attached to the carport so that rain water can drain from the roof of the carport into the water tank.
It is lovely to see Paul’s hard work paying off this year, the garden is flourishing, especially the two Manchurian Pears, the Snowy River Wattles (Acacia), and a Grevillea called a Bronze Rambler….. and this plant sure does know how to ramble!
And following the path up to the carport (and water tank) are some Camellias, and the first flower has just arrived from the oldest bush.
Our front garden is the most affected by frost and heat. In this tough climate, the Canberra Belle (Correa) is one of the most rewarding plants, they survive all, and give the bees a chance in autumn with these pretty little bell flowers. They are indeed the Belles of Canberra..
Another lovely autumn flowering plant is The Chinese Lantern Plant (Abutilons)
I have previously quoted the poet Dorothea McKellar’s poem Australian Autumn and here are a few lines from the poem again….
”This is the gentlest season of the year.
From mists of pearl and gold
The slow sweet hours unfold….
I hope you are enjoying your season, or changing season, where ever you are in the world. What is your favourite season of the year?
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