Six on Saturday – 12/3/22 Autumn Dreaming

Well we have finally reached autumn, I do like summer, but the cooler months are kinder to my garden and the flowers in there. As soon as the temperatures decrease the evaporation rate goes down and the plants can finally benefit from the water I am giving them, rather than just survive with it. The colour starts to return en-masse in the autumn months, and I breathe a sigh of relief that the plants have survived the hot dry summer. I dare say they do too! The fairies can get out of survival mode!

I have been having some fun with some new window baskets for the house entrance deck (in country houses the back is the front, so while my front door and entrance is grander, the back entrance has to be dolled up too, as guests seldom visit our front door!) I found the cute fairy decorations in my local post office and had to buy them being a fairy communicator!
I have been admiring the Mosaic of peeling bark pattern on my SA Gum trees on our driveway. The bark on these trees is so smooth, they are great trees to hug and have a calm serene feeling about them. Plus I have a little eucalyptus forest on my farm and the smell of the trees en-masse, when walking there has a lovely calming fragrance of eucalyptus oil.
Now is the time of year when my pizzas are fully using ingredients from my vegetable garden – This Pizza has 8 ingredients from my garden today: tomatoes,capsicum,sweetcorn,zucchini,basil,chives,oregano and thyme
It is a little too hot for campanulas here but instead we get to enjoy the pretty bell shaped fairy flowers of these Eremophilas or emu bushes, this one is called “Pink Pantha” and has surprisingly been flowering all year long. It turns into a dense bush 2 metres tall and wide.
Another favourite in my Mediterranean climate garden is this Centaurea cineraria or Dusty Miller it mainly flowers in late spring but if watered has sporadic flowers throughout the year. I love the spiritual mauve colour mixed with the dusty silver leaves! It takes easily by slips put straight in the ground in winter, and I use this plant liberally in my country garden.
Yay, the pelargoniums are starting to flower properly (and not be sunburnt wonders!) now the weather has cooled a little. I have quite a collection of pelargoniums in my garden, but they will only grow in areas protected by the shade of trees or the house, because they would not like the winter frosts of the more exposed areas of my garden.

I hope you enjoyed the early autumn stroll through my garden!

I have joined in with The Propagator’s meme, go over to the Propagator  where you will see many fabulous contributors from all over the world of gardening!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Love the fairy ornaments, very you! Hello Gum tree, I’ve heard lots about your gum trees in your books.

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

      Ha ha πŸ˜‰πŸ’•πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ I couldn’t resist them! Yes the trees 🌳 are featured a lot.

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  2. The bark of the gum trees is very attractive and those homemade pizzas made with your own garden produce look delicious.

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

      Thanks very much, the bark is very interesting. 🌳 Yes the pizza’s were very tasty! πŸ™‚πŸ•

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