As part of my attempt to record the changes in my garden through the seasons, I sometimes (when I think of it) record the beginning of a season with a post (Winter 2011, Summer 2012 and Autumn 2013 being the most obvious examples). Here’s my photos for Winter 2013.
Last week I pulled out the sunflowers and corn. The rosellas had eaten every last sunflower seed and the possums had gobbled every last corn kernal. It looks like the rosellas haven’t accepted the loss of their favourite meal since there they are, those bright red spots in the middle of the photo above. They hopped down onto the bare soil as if hoping for a dropped seed. Then they flew off, possibly to try again later. Ah, the optimism of parrots!
The garden is much barer than it should be. If we weren’t moving I’d have filled it with lettuce, peas, rocket, broccoli and plenty of other winter crops. As it is I’ve repositioned a few volunteer plants like kale and bok choi to fill the gaps so it won’t look awful to any prospective tenants. That said, it’s still not too bad. The mandarin tree (in the back in the photo above) is loaded and the bananas (below) are throwing another spear – the 4th this year. And, for sheer beauty, you can’t go past the poinsettia tree (just sneaking in on the left, above). All-in-all, even in winter, I love this back yard.
But now, onto my new winter yard. These shots of the farm were taken on the 29th, 3 days before the official start to winter but I think they’ll do. Here’s the front, where the chicken run and veggie garden will go.
And here’s out back where some of the beehives now stand (including on the back verandah).
The property is thick with cockatoos and corellas – they love the pecans, but no rosellas. Instead we get beautiful colour from these fantastic little wrens. They’re called the Superb Fairywren and not for nothing does such a tiny little bird get such a grandiose name. They are gorgeous.
Honestly my head is still so full of plans for the property that I’m not sure what I should photograph now for posterity – so I’m taking lots of pictures of lots of boring (and weedy) bits of land. I can’t wait to watch it evolve. Winter is a great time to make a new garden here – I just need to find time to get digging!