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Looking Back .... This Year In My Downunder Garden.


By bernieh


Looking back over the year so far, it’s been a bit of a marathon with a few extremes in weather and conditions!

The year began with flooding, torrential rain and a couple of cyclones, including the highest ever rated cyclone to hit our coast. All of this caused a whole lot of damage to many, many plants, shrubs and trees on our property.

Then we had a seven month dry season, which is usual for us and some may even consider it rather short, as the dry can sometimes last for nine months, but that made it hard work for the plants in recovery mode.

Thankfully they have nearly all crossed the finish line! I did have a couple that didn’t quite make it, and there are still quite a few trees and shrubs which are still stumps after being torn asunder during the cyclone.

But, all in all, it seems like the garden and I have pulled through it. Now with a little rain I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable with my radically different garden. I really enjoyed wandering around the garden yesterday seeing raindrop-splashed plants.

One of the joys the garden has provided during the Spring … September, October and November … was the Hemerocallis parade. It’s been a pure delight to see these gorgeous blooms.

Hemerocallis ‘Archangel Eyes’

Hemerocallis ‘Blackberry Jack’

Hemerocallis ‘Francois Verheart’

Hemerocallia ‘Maleny Tiger’

Hemerocallis ‘Picotee Bubbles’

Hemerocallis ‘Rue Madelaine’

Hemerocallis ‘Sweet Summer Heat’

Hemerocallis ‘Wedding Band’

Hemerocallis ‘Sabine Baur’

Hemerocallis ‘Velvet Eyes’

Hemerocallis ‘Jamaican Midnight’

Hemerocallis ‘Continental Holiday’

Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’

Sights like these have been most welcome to my eyes.

Well it’s only three days until our Summer arrives and I’m keeping fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this Summer and wet season will not be anything like the previous one. I’ve had enough of extremes this past year!

To read more about what’s been going on in my downunder garden please do feel free to click on the following link to read my latest garden journal post on my gardening blog -
Bracing For The Coming Summer

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Beautiful photos, is that bird in your garden? Is it a hoopoe?

27 Nov, 2011


Hi Skickitoffee, yes that bird is in one of the gum trees on our property. It's a Laughing Kookaburra, the largest of our Kingfishers.

27 Nov, 2011


Beautiful as always, Bernie :-)
My guess would be a Kookaburra.

27 Nov, 2011


G'day Louise, yes you're spot on with the bird ID! It's a Kookaburra, one of our daily visitors here.

27 Nov, 2011


its a beauty, how amazing. thank you

27 Nov, 2011


Lovely blog, I love the 'Velvet eyes' its amazing how nature can return so quickly after bad storms.

27 Nov, 2011


Fab blog, lovely blooms my favourite was 'Velvet Eyes'. Enjoy your summer.

27 Nov, 2011


Thanks Drc, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to my blog. 'Velvet Eyes' is gorgeous but often goes unnoticed in the garden bed because it's a smaller bloom than most of the others.

The various trees and shrubs are returning very slowly, but it will take a few more years for them to return to what they had been before the cylcone in February.

27 Nov, 2011


Cazcat, 'Velvet Eyes' is quite lovely and is definitely a favourite of mine. As for enjoying the summer here, I'm hoping that it will be nothing like our last summer.

27 Nov, 2011



Such beautiful Daylilies! I like Daylilies because they're ever-blooming.

27 Nov, 2011


lovely photos bernieh, i do hope you dont get anymore bad luck with wild weather, hope your garden is recovering now, enjoy your summer while we get cold and wet, hope we dont get snow again this winter,

27 Nov, 2011


WOW! Bernieh, I didn't realize there were so many beautiful Daylilies out there! These are fabulous! :-)) Congratulations on having so many & getting them all to bloom so wonderfully!

29 Nov, 2011


Delonix, I've come late to a love of Daylilies but I'm so very pleased with how well they do here.

Sanbaz, fingers crossed it won't be a terribly harsh summer for us, or a horrid winter for you.

Balcony, I only started growing them two years ago and I'm totally smitten now. They really do extremely well through heat, sun, dry, wet, flooding and cyclones!!! Couldn't ask for more really.

30 Nov, 2011


Your garden is a delight to watch Bernieh.There's sunshine in your garden.

30 Nov, 2011


Thanks Camillia. Yes during our dry season here we get long sunny days for months. Right now we're getting the occasional overcast day as we get closer to our wet season.

1 Dec, 2011

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