Early October in the Garden

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The front garden bed is now taking shape with the arrival of the sleepers

Taking shape but so much more digging to go.

Taking shape but so much more digging to go.

Last post was about my front wall garden that I am creating and that the sleepers were about to arrive. They have now been placed and even though the beds require much digging out and planting, just having the sleepers provides so much more definition and structure to the garden. I’m thrilled with them – big old hardwood worn railway sleepers with lots of character. Now I just need to keep digging… and planting!!!

One of the online sources I regularly use is Honeysuckle Cottage, which is a supplier of wonderful heritage plants, particularly perennials and herbs which I love. I was surprised when a friend told me they were just near Kurrajong, which I drive through each week on my trip between Kandos and Sydney. This week, dogless in the car, I dropped by and was enthralled by a nursery unlike any other – nothing commercial, just a charming bush setting garden with pathways and arbors leading to table after table and many sections of heritage roses, herbs, perennials – so many plants that were mainly propagated onsite – and plants I have not come across before.

This nursery specialises in heritage plants and propagating the many old and rarer variations – so many thymes, rosemary, lavenders. I was particularly interested in the aquilegias and have never seen so many established plants in so many varieties and colours in one place. Needless to say, the car, which was already pretty solidly packed, managed two more roses – another Lamarque and Madame Alfred Carriere, many aquilegias (after receiving a great run down on the different varieties and their history from an impressively helpful and knowledgeable staff member) and a number of salvias.

The garden path through friend's eyes - once a bare, unadorned entrance

The garden path through friend’s eyes – once a bare, unadorned entrance

Broad beans in cropping mode.  My friend's photo came with the comment, "This could be in Tuscany." Well, Tuscany/Kandos - very similar,

Broad beans – “This could be in Tuscany.” Well, Tuscany/Kandos – very similar.

Foxglove (or Digitalis). Planted last Summer and forgotten until now. Dramatic and fitting for the back wall.

Foxglove (or Digitalis). Planted last Summer and forgotten until now. Dramatic and fitting for the back wall.

I also had friends visiting this weekend. Looking at photos they took of the garden gave me a great feeling of satisfaction and an appreciation of how far the garden has come. This is a wonderful time of the year and for the first time I am seeing growth and flowers on plants that, for some, were planted late last year or early this year.

The flowering Crab Apple - still a small tree but has great promise and the blossoms are lovely. Hopefully they continue to appear a few weeks after the Prunus' finish.

The flowering Crab Apple – still a small tree but has great promise and the blossoms are lovely.

Forgive me if some of the photos appear indulgent, but I’m also using this Blog as a garden diary so I track what goes in when and when plants flower. Ideally I’d like to keep colour in the garden year round.

This week looks like it will be a pretty physical one with lots of digging, feeding and planting for the front garden bed. I’m comfortable that the Convent gardens will be very unfinished for the Kandos Gardens Fair, but keen that visitors can get a perspective of the direction of the garden and what it will potentially look like.

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The original roses from the sunroom. This is the first week of flowering and they are just beautiful and adorning vases inside.

The original roses from the sunroom. This is the first week of flowering and they are just beautiful and adorning vases inside.

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