Moving Through Winter

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White Mexican Sage looking a little worse for wear after the frost

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Geisha Girl also hasn’t enjoyed Winter

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These delft blue Hyacinths will soon make their presence noticed in the garden

My first Winter in residence has seen pace slow down substantially. Whilst the cold weather was a little late in hitting, it ended up making its presence felt. I’ve noticed that in the country everything seems magnified. I’m not sure that’s because I now have time to notice small changes, that the changes are more extreme in the country or just that it’s all so new and fascinating to me.

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The Rasberry is showing early shoots

Anyway, in Sydney I’d rarely notice changes overnight but here you can walk out one morning after a harsh frost and it looks like a blowtorch has scorched many of the plants. The garden has slowed down dramatically but there is also a beauty in the stark branches against a grey sky and a blazing wood fire on a cold night is hard to beat.

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I’m hopeful the Lilacs will do well this year

At the end of July, the days are not quite so long, we have had some lovely sunnier weather (along with much-needed rain) and already the garden is showing signs of new life, which is so exciting for me given most of the plants are new.

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The first Crocus

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