My garden has been looking glorious, I did a lot of work in winter, pruning, weeding, fertilizing and have reaped the rewards this spring.
These photos are from my Mediterranean garden which is out the back, it’s the first part of my backyard with a low fence that separates it from the vege garden, it’s really to keep the dog out.
I have developed this garden to be heat tolerant and picked plants that have low water requirements, I have irrigated this area with the brown dripper line and try to only water every 10 days in Summer. I mulch heavily and choose Forest Mulch from a local company called Jeffries, Its fine grade, natural looking mulch, full of composted organic matter that conditions your soil as well as reducing evaporation.
I have loosely modeled this area on the gardens at Diggers and Lambley who also have nurseries and locally a great nursery in the hills called Tupelo Grove where I have purchased my plants over the years.
The plants I have chosen have to look good to me, flower, be perennial, come from similar climates where the temperatures in summer exceed 40 degrees and have little rainfall.
- Helianthemum – a small spreading ground cover which loves the sun I have about 6 of them, lemon and pink.
- Salvia snow white
- Achillea moonshine, green-grey feathery foliage which produces flat heads of yellow flowers.
- Perovskia blue spire again with grey foliage and purple flowers from Iran.
- Buddleia royal red, for the butterflies.
- Salvia Nemorosa – Lubbeca, clumping with fantastic blue spire flowers I have about 8 of them.
- Scabiosa or pinwheels, again for the butterflies, they are great filler plants.
- Cerastium – a grey ground cover with small white flowers this is in the foreground of my photos.
- Agastache – this is one of my favourite plants, the pink flowers last all spring and summer.
- Penstemon, i have a couple of red ones.
Behind the fence – orchard and vege garden
I thinned out all of the fruit trees, looking for where buds had grown multiple fruit. I still do this when I walk past if I think they are too close together or a branch is hanging low.
I pulled out all of the winter crops, broccoli that had finished flowering, of the 6 mini cabbage I planted I harvested 1 the rest were eaten by caterpillars or didn’t form heads. I have harvested some monster beets and lots of rhubarb and netted the strawberries leaving out the huge borage bush at the end of the strawberry patch.
I am only just planting my summer crops, they have been waiting in the greenhouse, I am super late! We have been building a new fence out the front which has taken all of our time, it’s close to being finished just needs rendering and some posts which are out of my area of expertise so I’m free to go back to the garden, yay!!
Hope your gardens are growing well and if you’re in Adelaide, some rain finally!!