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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
Your time is precious, it's the greatest gift we can give ourselves & it's humbling that you would  take time out of your day to visit.

hello & welcome!

Jude 

 

Loveheart, in the Back Orchard under the Moorpark Apricot tree.

We’ve been lucky here at Fairy Wren Cottage, now  into the first weeks of Summer and our water tank is still full. We are yet to experience  long hot days that roll into weeks, scorching the grass, truely reminding us that we live in a sunburnt country. While some gardeners in the warmer climates around Australia are already picking little tomatoes, harvesting early summer crops, their summer vegetable garden in full swing, the cooler days here slow the garden right down in comparison. Yet there is a gentle hum, the growing season picking up speed.

‘Just Joey’ Rose

 

The garden is looking lush and full, it no longer has that just planted feel.  As I sit in the garden always watching and learning I notice there is now dappled light, areas in our small fruit tree orchards are now in shade during the heat of the day. It is something I have longed for, wishing the garden to establish and mature, wiling the growing seasons to come and go but at the same time not wanting to wish the days away.

 

Moorpark Apricot, we usually pick them at the end of January.

‘Dainty Bess’ Rose

Self seeded Poppies.

 

As the poppies start to lose their petals the roses start to take centre stage. Other old favourites that have self seeded flourish, so used to the growing conditions here now. It’s the beauty of having a rambling garden that doesn’t often get weeded! It’s easy to monitor the fruit trees as we walk around tending to the ducks and hens, instead of planting fruit trees in rows  like a traditional orchard, we have planted the trees around pathways and the duck and hen houses, it just makes more sense  for practical  reasons and because of  the layout of the land.

Anzac Peaches.

Happy Gardening,

Jude  x

Summer: In the Garden.

December 9, 2018

  1. Lyn Plaisted

    July 25th, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Hi Jude
    I decided to look at your website and blog after reading the current Grass Roots magazine, and am so glad I did. It’s such a lovely site, and the photos are really feel-good images. You live in such a lovely place (except maybe in winter) and I’ll be visiting to see what you’re doing, from now on. All the best, Lyn

  2. Jude Van Heel

    July 26th, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Thanks so much for the lovely messages Lyn.
    Remember the free ebooks too on My Ebooks page up the top near the Home & About Me pages.
    Hope you like them, Jude xxx

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