Ah, well, December draws to a close. Not much to report in the garden as I was away helping to clear out my mother’s house after she died in November. There was “excitement” in the house while I was away as lighting struck it and mushed a load of things. Very, very fortunate that the house didn’t catch fire as there was nothing too flammable in the area where it melted the phone and blew the alarm off the wall.
I’m installing three uncommon Eucalyptus in the West Garden, where I will restrict their maximum height to around 10 feet. They are E. Sturgissiana (pictured), only found in a restricted area in NSW, E. Macrocarpa from the Perth area, so I’m certainly chancing my arm with that one and E. Neglecta with it’s beautiful leaves.
Planted a few tenderish plants in the early part of December but unfortunately with some of the frosts we’ve had this year reaching to -6°C, quite a few of them are toast. These include a few Lampranthus, Eucomis Comosa and Begonia Garden Angel Blush. Pseudopanax “Moa’s Toes”, pictured here, has survived, though.