The nights are turning quite chilly in the Gippy Garden now and the days are a much cooler 14 to 16 degrees celsius. The evenings are drawing in quickly and the time between getting home from work and dusk falling is getting ever shorter.
The good news is that we are getting the occasional clear cool blue day amongst days of lovely soaking rain.
There is a little autumn colour in the garden, but not a big show…just glimpses here and there…
The only problem now is that my lack of planning for some colour in the garden beyond the brief autumn show is becoming quickly apparent. There are only a few spots of brightness to be found here and there. But bright and cheerful they are and I delight in visiting them whenever I can.
I’m growing a few pansies and violas from seed, but as they are still tiny, I haven’t been able to resist buying some older seedlings to brighten the place up a bit. ‘Hocus Pocus’ is a new variety (here at least) this year and so is ‘Pink Fizz’ which I will show you soon when the buds open a bit more.
I’m very proud of my Yellow Buttons plant (Helichrysum ramosissimum). It’s as ‘common as muck’ and said to thrive on neglect. The seedling was all but dead when I bought it, so clearly I have been able to provide it with just the right measure of neglect 😉
It is a larval food plant for the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) and a few of our skippers, as is the Golden Everlasting below. I haven’t spotted any eggs or caterpillars on either yet, but as there have been a few butterflies fluttering about both plants I think I should probably look a little harder.
I keep thinking that I’ve seen just about the last of the butterflies for the year, but then we get another sunny day and there are a few more fluttering about the butterfly garden making the most of the remaining blooms. I’ll be enjoying both blooms and butterflies for as long as they last!