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Yellow garden, five years on

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Reduce your risk of bushfire in the garden – Part 1

At this time of the year I often wonder what I’ve done in choosing a place with such difficult growing conditions. Then there’ll be a big fire or flood somewhere and I’ll remember the benefits.

As I write the biggest bushfire in the Adelaide Hills since Ash Wednesday 1983 is raging, only 5 km from my mother’s home in the northeast suburbs of Adelaide and even closer to our dear friends the Toholkes near Birdwood. A day these people have dreaded has arrived and I pray they are safe, and their wonderful house and garden full of order too.

Toholke garden

Toholke garden

I had been living here at this house for five months when Black Saturday happened (7th Feb 2009 in Victoria), and that tragedy has shaped the garden more than I probably realize. Soon afterwards I researched what plants burn and what plants have fire resistant leaves and gardened accordingly.

The Wall

The Wall

This little wall makes me feel safe, as it is on the north side of the house, where the hottest scariest winds come from, as they did yesterday – it was apocalyptically hot.

The yellow garden

The yellow garden

The rather large shrubs in the yellow garden are Myoporum montanum, a nice fire retardant plant, as is Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummalaria), the grey leafed shrub to the left of it. This bed is to the West of the house, from where all our dry storms come around November.

South of the house.

South of the house.

The rather large expanse of shale spread around the south and southwest of the house is there for a reason – when the wind swings around after a nasty north wind, it comes violently from the southwest. The southwesterly also comes up each afternoon during summer except in a heatwave, and firefighters around here have had to deal with these winds many times as fires head towards towns and houses in the Flinders ranges after starting in the hills.

This deciduous tree and pigface may not even catch fire let alone burn.

 

Self Control

The pink garden

The pink garden

My dainty South African ice plants

Gladly share the garden bed

and never overextend themselves.

Unlike that fat pigface we all know with the pale yellow flowers

But once a year in October they let their hair down and what a party!

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The yellow garden

The garden-bed hogs, the pigfaces.

Those garden-bed hogs, the pigfaces.

Nice drop of rain

From Monday evening it rained for three days –  we got just under three inches of rain just how we like it, nice and slowly.

By the tanks

By the tanks

There is nothing better than lying in bed listening to it on the roof, at least until a new leak shows up – will have to get up there again with the silicone.

Dryland plants enjoying a rare treat.

Dryland plants enjoying a rare treat.

This morning the sun came out and revealed a green haze of winter grass which had been happily germinating through those rainy days.

Nice to have some green back.

Nice to have some green back.

 

 

 

 

I love bulbs

From Easter lilies and the first autumn crocus that pops up to whatever comes last in the garden in spring, I love them all.

I love bulbs

The blood lily and autumn crocus.

I think it’s the surprise factor of something that pops up where there was nothing before.

The other crocus

The other crocus

 

 

 

Spring Highlights

Just a few photos of things in the garden.  Have been too busy either mowing or with visitors lately to write much!

Yellow garden again

Yellow garden again

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Small joys

Well I am over my early spring funk, and have some wild winds to thank for that. Both the warm northerlies and the cool southerlies have blown those bad old memories away. Now I am enjoying the new things coming into flower in the garden.

The purple garden is going crazy, and I’m liking the new border made out of old bricks around it. This was done to try and stop the chooks from making such a mess when I let them out of their yard. That big bush is Eremophila nivea.

The purple garden

The purple garden

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