Double Black Gardening S1-Ep1

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My 4 Most Essential Weeding Tools


This post is inspired by The One and Only Garden Journal Challenge - October 1 posted by @riverflows.

After spending what seemed like Canberra's first 'spring' day outside, weeding and pruning, this challenge seemed like the perfect reason to (re)start a journal about my progress in the garden.

Having recently moved house, this also means I have new garden that I'll have to 'get to know' all over again.


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Oyster Plant (Acanthus Mollis)


Winter had just started when I first moved so I had months to wait for the last frost and warmer weather. I couldn't wait to get out and start planting. And, even though we're now one month into spring, the season has been slow to start with low temperatures and lots of rain. Today was the first day that felt warm enough to remove my jumper.

There are a few flowers that have sprung from the ground after the sun started to shine. They were a welcome sight and I was glad to see that I wasn't starting from absolute scratch.


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Spring Snowflake (Leucojum Vernum)


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Aluminium Plant, Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)


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Mystery flower, but quite common around my local area.


As you can see, I have a healthy amount of bees visiting my yard daily. They make busy work attending to a tree full of mauve flowers (that I've yet to identify) filling the air with that distict hum that accompanies their efforts.


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Caution: Bees at Work


Of course, I've already been to the nursery to select some new plants for the garden. All but one are still sitting in pots because I'm trying to decide where to plant them.

There are several garden beds with brick edging so I think I'll end up grouping the plants by colour. One will have purple, mauve and white flowers and the other might have orange and yellow.

We'll see, it's a work in progress, after all.


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First planting with lots of new growth
Liriope Monroe White (Liriope muscari)


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Dark Star (Tulbaghia)


One plant that I'm eager to find a space for, is my latest purchase, Correa Dusky Bells. It's known as a native fuchsia because the flowers are kind of similar.

The fuchsia flowers are one of my favourites but not easy to grow in Canberra without protection from frost. Maybe I'll have better luck with a native.

This particular variety, Correa ‘Dusky Bells’ is believed to be a hybrid of Correa reflexa and C.pulchella. src


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Correa Dusky Bells (Correa reflexa, C.pulchella)


So far, most of my time has been spent weeding the garden beds. Apparently, the previous occupant wasn't a keen gardener and had let the yard get very overgrown. It needs lots of TLC but I'm more than happy to put in the time and effort needed to nurse it back to beautiful.

More than anything, it's an excellent excuse to grab a can of Double Black, go outside in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

:D

Anyhoo, it's been a while so I hope you're all doing well and living your best life

Until next time xxx

<3
Alpha


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Fantastic work!!!

Jamie loves correa - we have arguments about planting it hahaha!!! Funny how you can be adverse to some plants for absolutely no reason at all. I finally caved and got some small ones with white bells for an edging - and the rabbits promptly ate them.

Love your work gardening with a can of - sometimes it's gotta be done. How's all the rain doing for you? We're not actually getting much here on the other side of Geelong sadly. Just cold drizzle. Ugh.

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Thanks @riverflows. Sorry to hear about those pesky wabbits. I was sold as soon as I saw 'native fuchsia'. They're not as delicate as fuchsia but natives can be like that, beautiful in their own way.

And yes, the weeding has to be done, the double black just makes it something I look forward to rather than avoid.

The rain has been relentless here. We're looking at the next couple of weeks forecast to rain. We've even got some minor flood warnings this week. Thankfully, it's not in my area so I won't be affected so much.

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Raining as far as the eye can see with no let up for a bit here where I am at, Sydney.

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I hear you've had some flooding in areas there as well. We had almost non-stop rain today, a few more days of this and my yard will be more like a pond.

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Yes, some areas, lucky i live in a high place to no flood to me.

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Yes, some areas, lucky i live in a high place to no flood to me.

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