When Emily said that the theme for this week was “Flower Power” I must admit I was going to raid my old photo albums to find a few flowers to share with you. Here on Serendipity Farm we are being buffeted by the final throes of winter and after the torrential rain and strong winds accompanied by frigid temperatures that we have been getting lately I was sure that nothing would have been flowering in the garden to share with you. I headed down what was left of our driveway to share a few images of the small Grand Canyon’s that now make up a good proportion of where our car has to drive and managed to capture a surprising amount of floral survivors to share with you. I put them all together into a slideshow to share with you all and as we blow headlong into spring, I would imagine those of you in the North will be starting to batten down the hatches as autumn (fall) starts to approach
We had a particularly dry and long lasting summer this year and I am reminded of how resilient plants really are. A long hot summer followed by a freezing cold dry autumn and now a very wet ending to winter that has seen trees toppling over due to their roots being unable to hold onto the sodden clay underneath and STILL they flower. I feel a sense of elation whenever I see the daffodils, jonquils and snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) along with our endemic wattles herald the approach of spring and the hope that our soil might just survive a bit better than our poor ex-driveway has. Life goes on and the early flowering bulbs are a reminder of this every year. Soon Serendipity Farm will be bursting with colour and scent and not everything that flowers on Serendipity Farm is welcome. We have our fair share of weeds and even if they are plants in the wrong place, some of them are especially difficult to remove. We also have a plethora of Dragon/snake/voodoo lilies (Dracunculus vulgaris) that litter the driveway in mid-summer. The flowers are striking in shape, colour and sheer unmitigated stench. They join the arum lilies, forget-me-nots and periwinkles that are attempting to take over the lower acre of Serendipity Farm.
We have some large pots of cymbidium orchids that I inherited from my father when he died. I doubt that even he knew how many he had lying around in broken pots amongst the undergrowth but after liberating them to the sunshine they are all just about to flower. I haven’t got any pictures for today’s post but you can believe me when I say that a liberated orchid is a very happy creature indeed :o). I can’t wait to see this week’s posts. Steve and I are both horticulturalists and love plants with a passion. I love seeing what other people have in their gardens and I know that most of the contributors here have lovely gardens. As the first cab off the rank, poor Serendipity Farm is about as “South” as you can get until you hit Antarctica so we will probably be wet and cold until October but like the flowers, I remain optimistic about the changing seasons. Unlike most of the rest of Australia, Tasmania has 4 definite seasons and I am really enjoying seeing what these seasons bring florally to Serendipity Farm. Here’s my slideshow of survivors…I hope you all enjoy winters last hurrah :o)