2020 autumn has arrived in Tasmania in all its glory and it has been so beautiful with foliage colours outstanding to almost dazzling.
Blenheim Garden is large in style covering ten acres and has magnificent trees, but up to this point under plantings have been scant and I am finding it is something to think about when designing a garden. There are some flower beds which are isolated but not connected to the trees.
The overall landscape of a garden has been strategically planted but not over planted so that each area speaks for itself and has its own seasonality but is not just a repeat of the same but is connected through our own personal choices as the gardeners.
Apart from the normal maintenance it is a time to think about and undertake next year’s plantings.
We have the highlights now for foliage, spring for a beautiful daffodil, November for the roses and a maze developing as the introduction to the gallery when people arrive at the property. Due to water limitations we cannot cover all areas so some survive on the existing rainfall.
Aquilegias and salvias are my mood of the moment and I plan to underplant two beds to the north west of the garden which will have some shade and filtered sunlight. Stocks have such beautiful clear colours so some of those as well would suit. When one refers to artist’s gardens there is usually a celebration of colour, sometime clashes of colour and l like that the unexpected arrival or announcement out of a mass.
We have many fruit trees scattered or espaliered and they too have been bountiful and it is so lovely to give a basketful of apples, pears, crab-apples to a friend or someone you know. I am now waiting for the parrots to come in and have their final feed of what remains. In return sometimes a pot of jam or jelly is given back as a way of sharing the produce.
It is a time of year when I take many photographs the light is perfect, not to strong and the shadows are becoming longer late day. A time of contrast and the trees looks as though they have sucked in their energy for the winter shut down and are now looking resplendent for a little reprieve.
In October and November each year we have many garden clubs and groups who come to view the garden as well as the gallery. Some are returning visitors who come to see what is new! So, there is a need to build and improve as one develops.
These photographs provide me with a library of images for marketing and promotion of the garden and in due course I will write a diary of the garden so there is a record about its evolution.
My job is never done!