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WINTER TIME IN THE GARDEN

Photos taken by Gay Klok with a digital camera in June 1999
 


 

Fuchsias in the protected area around the swimming pool in the Town garden perhaps shouldn't be in flower in the middle of Winter but like the rhododendrons in this area and the mild Winter we have had so far, they manage to keep in good bloom
 
 
 
 
 

The same may be said for the evergreen azaleas.   This is their second flowering, not as many blooms but of good size
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 


 

Outside in the unprotected garden, the luculia gratissima has been a delight for some weeks now.      After flowering you must give a prune to all the flowering branches, which is unfortunate as the shrub will look rather ugly through the summer months
 


 

This is the ginger plant, supposed to flower in the late summer.  This clump we moved from an over crowded group - perhaps this is why it is in bloom so late in the season and also because we have had a mild Winter so far
 


 

The Hydrangeas are still coming into bloom even though it is time to prune them.  When you prune, look for two growing buds on either side of the stem and cut back to there.  These are the shoots with the flowers.   Clean out old stems by cutting down to the ground and the less growing canes, the larger your flowers will be.  That is a matter of preference, a bush covered with flowers or huge blooms
 
 


 

The deliciously scented Wintersweet that perfumes the whole garden every Winter.    The correct name is Chimonanthus fragrans
 
 
 
 


 

Stretching up to the sky, the flowers of the Tree Dahlia make a dramatic picture.  D imperalis is native to Central America and the canes can grow to 15 ft [5 m] or more.  There is a white variety that I do not grow, not by design!    We have thrown the old canes onto the compost heap and they have grown, so very easy to start new sub-bushes
 
 


 

This is an Australian rose "Sunny South" that may be found in all the old Australian gardens.   It flowers for weeks and weeks, is very healthy but is a tall grower
 
 

And now for something different.    This was taken at 5 pm in the rose garden at
"Kibbenjelok".   Can you see the Rosella [parrot] in the middle of the photo?  Behind the bird is the wonderful Acer sekaki,  still in Autumn colour
 
 
 
 


 
 

This is a close-up of the bird.   At the moment [the apples are finished] they are eating the seeds of the fronds of the Manferns - Dicksonia atlantica.   They tear the frond to pieces but still ****.  Various parrot varieties have been in the garden for weeks, eating apples and squabbling
 
 


 
 

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