As we’re done with Christmas and entering into the new year, for us Aussies we’re moving into the hottest and most exciting months of the year. Summertime is a chance to get outside, have fun, see friends and family and generally pack in as many activities as possible. One thing that’s always worth doing is hosting some parties at home, backyard barbeques, afternoon tea parties and picnic style lunches aren’t too expensive and are a great way to get everyone together. But to throw get togethers in the garden you of course want to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!
Clean and Tidy
If you’ve neglected your garden over Christmas, chances are it’s looking a little untidy. Removing things like bicycles and tools strewn around, tidying up kids outdoor toys and putting away things like gardening boots and fallen pots will instantly make it look neater. You will need to pull up weeds, prune down bushes that have grown large and deadhead any plants that have started to die off. Using a jet washer you could clean down walls and paths.
Don’t Overlook General Maintenance Jobs
Things like removing twigs from roofs and gutters will not only make everything look tidier and allow rainwater to drain better but you also help to prevent bushfires by removing potential fuel. It’s important to prepare for the bushfire season, this is a huge threat to our homes as Australians so something to bear in mind. Other general maintenance jobs include checking outdoor taps to make sure the plumbing is ok and making sure tools and appliances like strimmers and lawn mowers are in full working order.
Tend To The Lawn
For most of us, the lawn is one of the most important features in the garden. It takes up the most space and helps to keep the garden looking alive and give it colour all through the year. But over the winter months, lawns can become flooded and parts can die off. If you have pets you might notice urine burn spots. Now we’re into the summer, grass will grow very well providing you keep it watered, so purchase some grass seed and sprinkle it down, both on the bald spots as well as throughout the rest of the grass. This will fill in sparse patches and generally thicken it up, and in a few weeks you’ll have a much healthier lawn. Use a hose to water the grass morning and evening, avoid during the middle part of the day when the sun is hottest to prevent it from burning.
Fill It With Colour
Finally, fill your pots, flower beds and borders with beautiful flowers to make the garden look pretty and well cared for. If you plant bulbs and seeds that flower at different times of the year, once one lot is dying off another lot will be coming through. Simply deadhead the blooms that have finished flowering and you get a spectacular colourful display all through the year, every single year.
It’s been awhile for me, and while I’m personally not always a fan of cut flowers (I prefer them in the wild any day!) I do like to see the colours and perfume of flowers lighten up someone’s day.
Personally? I like roses or natives because they last for so long on the mantle, and with a little effort can be dried and kept until the spiders make their homes in them, as happened on on red rose bunch I had…
Or of course, there’s the living option – A plant for the home or office that keeps giving smiles and love!
How about you? Are flowers your thing? Can they brighten your day or bring on forgiveness?
As much as I love a good hamper with wine and nuts and all the trimmings, there’s only so much you can take as far as eduble goodies go at Christmas. In between the food, the wine, and the food, pacing is hard and those hampers might just get pushed to one side, forgotten about until the decadence and hedonism is over.
The flowers at the top of the page are really gorgeous with their reuseable buckets , and would look great on the dining table or on your hallway table as your guests walk in. One of my previous (legengary) mas cocktail parties saw me filling buckets like this with all the chockie coins and santas I could load up on at the nearby Aldi.
But we know how cocktail parties end, right? Clearly, with us all admiring the decorations after a few too many…. and cozying down with Santa or Mrs Claus….
Or you might have one of those tricky “too close to the Baby Jesus’s” birthday people, who don’t always get separate bday and xmas gifties.
Maybe a Bright Bunch of Happy arriving on THEIR special day? Or perhaps a week or two after Christmas, you can sent a lovely Thankyou bouquet to your mother/auntie/sister/niece/brother who hosted you all on Xmas day and did all the prep as a labour of love, if only to see the youngest members of the family tear open gifts from Santa, interspersed with gorging on the ample chips, candy and xmas lolly mix provided on the table.
Fresh Flowers can deliver to Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, but not yet Newcastle or other cool areas like the gong and CBR. I will keep my eye on that!
Have you given flowers before at Xmas? Or do you prefer the “keeper” gifts?
Went on a bit of an adventure (or epic journey) on Monday to go to Bowral for a job interview.
ZOMG check it out, it’s a paper ticket!
Reasoning with myself that the $8.60 in train fare was about half of what the TOLL ROADS would cost me to get there, let alone petrol and having to stay awake for the journey, I got to Fassifern before 6am for the three trains there and three trains back.
Settled in for a nap on the first leg, hoping all my connections would line up – which they did! Including the revelation that “Panania” is a place, and that people get excited to be getting on diesel trains, especially oldies on their excursion tickets who ignore the “quiet carriage” signage.
The interview was a couple of kilometres walk from the station, but as you see my feet were prepared (with heels to slip into on arrival!)
Springtime has certainly hit! With the gardens and wildflowers (weeds! and wanderers!) blooming
I got a tad pink from the sun, but it was lovely to be out :)
I had a latish lunch at Janecks Cafe and Bar
Courgette and Haloumi fritters (all day breakfast menu – $17) and a lovely local Riesling!
All fuel for the epic journey home…
Janeks Cafe and bar
4/14 Wingecarribee St Bowral NSW 2576
(02) 4861 4414