Hello gardening friends! I have returned from a short hiatus while I’ve been traveling overseas and have been eager to tell you all about the wonderful gardens that I visited while I was there. However I have been thwarted when on my return I promptly lost my camera and all of the photos from my trips. Its a very sad time.
I quickly realised that my life becomes difficult without a camera, so I rectified the situation on the weekend with the purchase of a new little Canon Powershot. Its quite a nifty little camera, with significantly better performance in zoom (10x) and image stabilisation which make quite a difference to the results of my usual haphazard snapping technique. It almost makes up for my loss, but I still mourn the photos. Maybe one day I’ll find it.
So I arrived home from a hot, humid summer in the US to a bracing, subzero morning in Canberra. The trees are naked and the garden is a mess of leaves and debris. Thankfully though a few hardy survivors stuck around to give me hope that I hadn’t missed it all.
What did surprise me were the plants peeping out to let me know that Spring isn’t all that far away.
Of course Tai was pleased to see us home too and stalked us for a few days before deciding it was safe to leave us alone.
Home we’ll stay for a while now I think, to see out the winter and prepare for Spring. The state of my garden indicates there is plenty of preparation to be done. My friend Kristy despaired of her 12ft high, leggy roses seeking out the minimal sunlight in her front garden so I rescued one and introduced it to its new home. I hope it will be happy here – I did relieve it of quite a long taproot when I dug it up, but a few buckets of Seasol and some fresh compost should see it through. I’ll try to take identical photos through the growing season to mark its progress.
That’s about it for now. If I ever recover my old camera I’ll tell you all about the delights of Ladew and Longwood Gardens in Maryland – they were something else indeed! At least I still have the brochures.