Open gardens

Had a ripper day yesterday: my dear friend S drove me about during an annual open gardens day, called “Through the Garden Gate”. I will confess up front that I didn’t last past the morning’s viewings; but that was partly because they had provided me with three epiphanies (sort of).

    1. I’ve gone off planting salvias in my empty front bed. There are simply too many people growing salvias; and I have no wish to create a déjà vu feeling.
    2. I MUST have a ceanothus ! This plant is about the most attractive to bees that I’ve ever seen.    :)
    3. I’m going (now) to have that front strip a native garden. Q.E.D.

Here are my favourite shots:

old-fashioned rose
they call it ‘court jester’
could it be a eucalyptus preissiana ?!
white boronia !
just one aspect of a huge garden
ceanothus – heaven to bees !

S and I have prepared the front bed with manure and then compost (her) and lots and lots of turning over and working it all in after having weeded – meaning daisies, too (me).

Now for a buying spree !!! YAAAAAY !!!


  1. I’m with you on ceanothus, M-R. They’re native to California, too, and i have a beautiful lilac one in my front yard. I would love to have more, actually, but they do get quite large. I love open garden events. They always inspire me, and it sounds like that’s what happened for you! Let the buying and planting and beautifying begin! :-)

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  2. We did 2 nurseries today, and came back with, I think, 8 natives and 1 non-native – the ceanothus. :) I shall take some shots of the two garden areas I have, so that you can understand that one’s non-natives and the other’s going to be entirely native. I HOPE that there will be room for a couple more, when I finish the planting out.


  3. Oh, there’s something so wonderful about gardens isn’t there …

    And I’m not even a true gardener, though we have completely redone our front garden over the last 3-4 years and are excited about it. We have gone mostly natives and proteas (almost natives – in that they suit our climate) plus deciduous trees that suit our climate. We were thrilled with the progress that had been made while we were in Japan. There’s still a lot of growing to do but at least everything that should have been growing was growing. That’s a start.

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    1. I’m really excited about this, Sue, because it really is MY garden till I kark ! :D I’ll be starting to plant out the natives I’ve bought (so far) tomorrow arvo, I hope: them I shall bore you shitless with photos. And of course you’re right: growing is, like, IT ! [grin]

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    1. Lilacs ? – I didn’t realise, M-J ! I think all I saw was the kind of carpet of bees on the several bushes in the show garden, and that was that ! :D
      Thank-you for the extra input !


      1. Google tells me everything. When I looked up ceanothus, California lilacs popped up. Probably not the same lilacs as we have in Wisconsin, but I imagine the same lovely smell.


  4. M-R I enjoyed your piece very much. It has given me some ideas for improving my place. I have a five-acre area Ty o work with, t the is is helpful. By the way I am glad to read your work again after so many years. I look forward to more.

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  5. Sounds like fun, M-R. Yo had me cracking up at your deja vu fears, but I have to admit the Ceanothus looks a bit like Lantana on ‘crack’ – lol – but so good to know that it helps the bees. Have fun.


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