Autumn in Melbourne is my favourite gardening season. It is the time I can get into the garden and plant with confidence because the soil is still warm and we have enough lovely rain to settle the plants in well. This year I am planting to ensure a cheery and tasty winter. Flowering bulbs, annuals and garden cyclamen, and vegies like broccolini (broccoletti) and spinach. Plus Brussels F1 Hybrid (which are able to be planted a little later than normal Brussels). I think they are yum, and by growing them at home I know they haven’t been sprayed. I am netting with the new insect exclusion netting to keep the cabbage moth at bay.
Thank goodness for maples and camellias which are coming into their own right now. I admire them for the hard workers they are in the garden. Maples are have gorgeous new growth in spring and are soothing in summer and add autumn colour in buckets. Camellias are hard at work being beautiful with their evergreen lushness. They flower reliably and prolifically in autumn and winter too. Oh, and I am also starting to plan for spring blossom, which gorgeous deciduous fruit trees provide.
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