Boots off? Garden Highlights

Autumn seems to have finally arrive here in Victoria, Australia. We are experiencing cooler nights and ‘nice gardening’ weather. So roughly a temperature of 25 degrees during the day. I have been getting back into the garden and getting those garden jobs all done. But I will have another update on that in a future blog. In this blog post I wanted to share with you the moments I stopped in the garden and just thought to myself ‘that’s looking pretty fine at the moment’. A few years ago on this blog I use to do a segment called Boots Off Sunday. I would highlight the top 5 things happening in my garden each week and share them with you all on a Sunday evening. I will be bringing this segment back (hopefully) each week. So, to kick start this ‘Boots Off’, in no particular order are the top, let’s say 6, moments in my garden this week.

white china girl Duranta
Duranta alba
Female King Parrot
Maple leaf
Maple leaf starting to change colour.
Japanese Maple – Blood Red Autumn foliage on display.
Salvia Hot Pink – In full flower

Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018


Spring is in the air and a new beginning

Spring has finally arrived and it is time to start thinking about the type of vegetables and herbs to grow in the garden. Every year I buy an assortment of plants with no plan in mind as to where they will be planted. However, this year I wanted to try something different by drawing up a layout plan for where the plants will be positioned. The vegetable patch at the new house is going to be a good experiment as we have not grown any plants there yet. It is going to be a lot of fun seeing what plants will flourish in the conditions and to learn which ones might require extra care.
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016Here is a photo of the vegetable patch at the new house. There is a lot of work to be done but it is going to be a fun challenge! ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016And this is the old vegetable garden. I am going to truly miss this garden. Over the years it has developed into my dream vegie garden and it has been a lot of hard work. I have enjoyed growing a vast range of different vegetables and herbs but I have also learnt a lot by growing my own produce. I am looking forward to transforming the vegetable patch in the new garden into something spectacular and sharing that journey with you all.
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016Until next time, happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs


BOOTS OFF SUNDAY! – Back into The Dirt!

 Here in Australia, spring is quickly approaching and the garden is starting to erupt into life showing off flowers that were once not so obvious. The spring bulbs have started to emerge from their winter slumber and even some of them have started to flower!
1D8A9291Over the last few weeks my garden has been put on the back burner whilst I have been busy writing, however, I can finally start getting my hands back into the dirt! It is exciting to go outside and see what has been happening whilst I have been absent.1D8A9280The garden has a magical woodland atmosphere due to a carpet of colour under the trees from the Hellebore flowers. The long term goal is to eventually have the Hellbores act like a ground-cover and fill the gardenbeds. It seems like that goal won’t be too far away because there are hundreds of young seedlings that have sprouted from seed!
1D8A92901D8A9281Plants can truly push the limits as to where and how they can be grown. On the new property the citrus trees are a great example, they are exposed to extremely cold temperatures, winds, frosts and potential snow, which is usually the conditions they do not thrive off. But this is how plants can continue to surprise us, this particular lemon tree is thriving. It is loaded with fruit and is extremely healthy!
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016When you have the opportunity to play in a new garden it is always exciting to add new features and your own personal touch to the current design. Landscape designs that seamlessly lead from one garden style to another can be quite difficult to achieve. For example, an Australian native garden can be hard to transition into a Japanese style garden. It is one of the many challenges in garden design and can be one of many things that makes gardening fun. This is something I am looking forward to doing at the new house!
1D8A9293Until next time, happy gardening!

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

BOOTS OFF MONDAY! – Childhood Memories

G’day everyone,
Last week I took a few days off from work as a small holiday to give myself a rest before the busy season. On those days off I managed to film a few DIY videos that I have been wanting to make for a while which will be coming very soon! I also went on a day trip up to Post Office Farm which is located in Ashbourne which was a great day out. I filmed the whole day and I also uploaded a blog post of the whole trip. If you are interested in watching/reading about it you can click here.
Surprisingly I did not spend as much time in the garden as I would have liked to. As a result I have the top 3 highlights from my garden this past week!

1. After visiting Post Office Farm Nursery I have been noticing all the flowering Hellebores more than I normally do! At the new house there are lots of Hellebores already planted under a few large deciduous trees. It is exciting to see what colours are revealed as the buds begin to open. When I was visiting Post Office Farm I picked up a few usual varieties which I will share in another blog post.

2. Growing up as a kid we had a Cumquat tree in our backyard and I remember picking the fruit and tasting it for the first time. I hated the flavour and never ate them again. Behold the mighty Cumquat tree that is flourishing at the new property. Yes, my childhood came flooding back to me and I remembered the dreaded taste. However despite the dislike I had for this fruit once upon a time, I tried one of the small golden fruits for the first time in roughly 10 years. The result? I enjoyed the sweet flavour. I would love to try bottling the fruit or have a go at making Cumquat jam!
3. Flowering around the back of the garage is this beautiful Magnolia tree. The flowers are mainly white but have a slight pink blush to the base of the petals. Magnolia trees are a favourite of mine and I am looking forward to planting more varieties around the property!
Until next time happy gardening!

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs