Each night the temperature at The Drip is falling well below zero. Minus five is not uncommon. Though the skies are clear and the sun shines, the daytime temperatures rise to something around ten degrees, often less. This is winter in Mudgee, it's damn cold, the air is crisp and clean and we are loving it!
The frost stays in The Hill Garden till late morning at this time of year. The dark line through the frost in this photo shows where our Head Gardener, Peter Marshall, recently planted Miscanthus sinesis. Peter divided three large clumps of this decorative grass and this yielded over a hundred new plants, allowing us to the define the "bones" of The Hill Garden.
The Hill Garden is a transitional zone between the formal gardens close to the house and the natural bushland of The Drip and The Munghorn Gap. For more on the design of The Hill Garden click here