We’re going through a bit of a drought here, hopefully only temporary. We’ve had less than half of the amount of rain we’ve normally had for this time of year, even here in the Dandeonong Ranges which usually attracts the rain clouds. Consequently any bit of rain is appreciated and we had a mere .5mm a couple of days ago. At least it saved me having to get out the hoses and water different parts of the garden but will need to do so today or tomorrow because it wasn’t a drenching by any means, really a dampening. But it was enough to put raindrops on some of my flowers, including this beautiful Blue Moon Rose.
There are several water features at the botanical gardens in Cranbourne and they’re artistic and beautiful to view.
I don’t go to this place nearly often enough. Situated in Cranbourne, just off the freeway, this botanical gardens has both natural bushland and formal Australian gardens. A lovely place to visit if you’re wanting to see what a bush, flower or tree might look like before you plant it in your own garden. Or just enjoy a lovely day visit there. It has a cafe, information centre, guides, even a small train to give you a tour.
This is the flower of a Kangaroo Paw.
A New Holland Honeyeater enjoying the nectar of the Kangaroo Paw.
A regular visitor to our garden it particularly loves the nectar from the Grevillea flower. I was fortunate not to be noticed in the shadow of a nearby tree, sufficiently, to get reasonable shots of this normally flighty bird.
Ever thought about building a pond for your garden? We’ve done it several times – every home I’ve owned, has had a pond. And each one is better than the last one. We recently built one for the home we own in Selby, Victoria. This is by far the best pond we’ve ever had. Not the biggest, but definitely the best. It has gone from this:
in less than six weeks. It wasn’t without its challenges. My husband and son-in-law began the dig after clearing all the weeds, only to come across clay pipes and we thought we might have to re-think our plans. But a call to the previous owner of the home (we’ve lived here just over 4 years) soon assured us the clay pipes were no longer in use. So we could dig them up. In one day the hole was dug and leveled off. In the second day the liner was laid, the rocks were collected from the paddock of our property and laid around the edging. Our son-in-law meticulously laid the rocks side by side, fitting them together, and overlaying them, to ensure they fit properly, placing dirt around some of them. Then the pond was filled with water and plants planted in the rockery above and around the pond. Then fish were added.
Now, just over 5 weeks later, with many more plants added in the water and in the rockery, the pond looks like it’s been there for a long time.
Would you like to see all the steps? Then click here. Tip: Click on the first image and then scroll through each one for larger viewing.