Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Autumn Colour

Thanks to Rick Martin for this photograph of autumn colour in the Horse Paddock.  This is a Silver Maple.  It was the first tree to colour up this year.  Like all maples it thrives in the moist microclimate of the Horse Paddock; everything is still dripping with dew in there until around 10am.  This year we have planted another dozen maples in the Horse Paddock. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

What's Blooming this Week?

The wonderful Huntington Gardens in California, one of our inspirations, has a regular section on its website called a "What's Blooming this Week."   Well, so so do we now!  This week it's the Setsugekka Sasanqua camellias, which , like everything here,  have responded to this wonderful season with a huge flush of growth. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Pics from Rick

Rick Martin is in residence again this week.  We will be uploading more of the photographs he is taking here at The Drip onto the page "Rick Martin Photographs" on this blog.  

Click on the image above to see Rick's panorama of the Old Cottage Garden, taken on his last visit here.  This is the first in a series that Rick is planning, showing the progression of the garden through the seasons. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Comings and Goings

Sydney-based friends friends, Kim and Jenny, spent some time here over the Easter period.  Although the  new guest room is still not finished, we did have lunch on the balcony up there so already the space is proving to be a pleasant addition to The Drip experience. Next time Kim and Jenny are here, hopefully they won't need to sleep in the Wine Cellar.

Kim's many years of experience in his work with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service provided some great environmental management ideas, such  as how we might slow the flow of water down the watercourses, retaining more water in the higher parts of the valley.  Kim also left a copy of  "Back from the Brink.  How Australia's landscape can be saved" by Peter Andrews for the Library here. Inspiring and useful stuff!