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With rain every few days and humidity almost liquid — or it is on my person! — fungi are thriving. Nothing spectacular or colourful, some rather shy and delicate, but each different in an unassuming way. And the large colony amongst my raised garden beds is still renewing itself, growing larger and more fleshy each […]

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Spot the odd one out amongst the horse poo and mulch chips? I nearly didn’t. But then the choc-chip coated drumstick swam into focus and could not be unseen. Looking about, I spotted two more beside the raised garden bed, still in the same rough mulch. It’s been so dry, I was surprised to see […]

With all the rain, sun, steam, storms, humidity, wild winds we’ve been getting, no human would know when it’s safe to set up outdoor structures… let alone spiders. Likely, spiders know more. This showy spider has decorated my back verandah railing. An intricate and very fine web is not enough for this one; it likes […]

I am fortunate to have Jacaranda trees outside my house, splashing my skies and carpeting my road with purple. I call it purple, but is it really somewhere in between lilac and purple? In fact, my Spring garden has many variations on a theme of purple, like the ubiquitous but still lovely Agapanthus plants, which […]

Coming home after what had clearly been a wet week here, I was pleased to see my wildlife mates, including the plentiful kookaburras. This one on the deck railing looked around at my intrusion as if he’d become used to having it to himself. But what was he so keenly watching down below in the […]

When this was built at the Mountain, I never imagined it would have to be moved. But it has, twice. There was no way I was leaving it behind anywhere, but the last time was too much for it. The beach pebble chimney survived its cracking, staying vertical and attached. But I had to patch […]

Having now been in this new home for a year, I am seeing the first Spring of my plantings, a promise of what my envisaged garden will be like. Planting citrus trees was a priority, given that I grew up on an orange orchard and I still find the scent of orange blossom the most […]

Plants from cuttings and broken-off bits, of unknown future flowerings, all find a home with me. This beauty came from a community fundraiser where bits from very old plants in the Wingham courthouse garden were propagated for sale. What a bold and beautiful and very contemporary blooming it turned out to be harbouring! My cousin […]

Ever since I moved here I have seen this pair of doves in my back yard, always together, never alone. Sometimes they are very close, as in sharing the top of a gate post. They fly up and off quickly if they see me, so without the motivation of a photo, I hadn’t looked them […]

On stumps of felled or fallen trees and logs from such, this last week of rain has brought forth a cornucopia of fungi blooms of the strangest shapes. These ones look more like tiny shells and amber bluebottles. Others have the more expected ‘ear’ shape, when not being bubbles, so I can only assume that […]

A Colorbond garage wall is not the most inviting surface for a climbing plant. I was sceptical when my nursery lady said she thought Virginia Creeper would be able to cling to it. Never having grown one – but always wanting to – I gave it a go. The plant had tendrils which it clearly […]

We’ve had lovely rain, which caused my garden plantings to literally lift up their heads in gratitude — and to visibly grow, instead of barely surviving. In between actual wet days, we’ve had damply humid ones, where rain promises/threatens, but remains undelivered. The perfect warm moist weather for fungi. I love these very visible clumps […]

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