A Walk in the Autumn Garden...

As the last days of May bid us farewell,
we say goodbye to the delightful autumn season in Melbourne.
And with the crisper nights,
with their promise of cosy dinner parties
and roaring log fires,
come the beautiful Indian Summer days,
perfect for spending time lingering in the garden.
In any season, 
this garden just keeps on giving,
with different plants shining in the spotlight
in the changing weather.
So come for a walk in the garden with me,
to see what we can find in the soft light of late autumn...

Japanese Lanterns adore this time of year,
and happily produce dozens of these beautiful bell flowers.
Not only do they open during the day and close at night on the bush,
but as a cut flower they do the same. 
Rather fun.

This rocket self seeded from last year's plantings,
and it would hardly be an exageration to say 
there are over a hundred plants.
What luxury!
And delicious tucked into a salad with juicy pears,
walnuts, freshly shaved parmesan, walnut oil & aged balsamic vinegar.

Rosehips, with their globular shapes,
look a little like a persimmon to me.
These will get redder and redder,
turning the most glorious shade of vermilion,
before I pick them to give to Rumbah
and to arrange in bouquets in the house.

 I finally worked out why we don't get lemons.
Because the pygmy ringtail possums
apparently adore the lemon blossom.
Well, I can't growl, because this tiny local species is quite endangered,
so I just have to keep buying lemons instead.
The flowers do look good - while they last!

 This late into the autumn season,
most of the deciduous trees have coloured and lost their leaves.
But the Mt Fuji cherries,
which grace the alfresco terrace,
are the very last to say goodbye to the warm sun,
treating us with one last blast of orange before they sleep.
They are the first to wake in spring,
and will come to life in just a few short months
with spectacular blossom.

Yet another variety of my beloved pig face creeper.
It will erupt in masses of white flowers in spring,
but all through winter it will keep growing these succulent leaves,
which are quite delicious lightly stir fried with ginger and bok choy.

Mondo grass, growing between old bricks which I found in the back garden
and relaid as a path to the front door.

A grevillea of creamy white brings in the colourful parrots, 
to feast on the pollen and nectar.
You can imagine how much Rumbah likes this plant too,
when I arrange the fabulous flowering branches in vases in the kitchen.
He sways about, hanging upside down,
drinking as if it is the finest Champagne.
I love the spiky architectural leaves of this very Australian plant,
with their dramatic form.

Even in the middle of winter,
there will still be plenty of things to pick,
like the Artemisia with its silver grey lacy leaves.

I feel incredibly lucky to have a garden such as this,
which gives endless beauty in return for just a little care.

And that's the thing about a garden,
the outcome is definitely weighted in our favour :
we put a little in, but we get so much more back out.

images :: blue fruit,
on my new camera : YAY!!!
warning : this camera could become addictive...