First week of May, gardening

The Chinese pictograph for garden is a walled area isolated from wilderness and political, social demands. The word garden comes from the Old English geard, meaning yard or enclosure. Our garden is open to Jagun Nature Reserve.

Clearing out a patch of jungle
Keeping the dead tree as a perch

Gardens can contribute to a sustainable future through increased food production and as biodiversity reserves closely connected to their environment.

Moss in our Asian garden.

Mosses are some of the oldest land plants and help generate healthy soils.

Old Strangler Fig, from our garden path in Sydney, saved as a bonsai
Lichens on our seed house

Lichens are important for establishing new ecosystems, providing food for animals, preventing soil erosion, and are useful for monitoring pollution.

Our borrowed garden

The idea of borrowing a backdrop from surrounding scenery is known as shakkei or jie jing (borrowed scenery), a term that replaced the original Japanese term of ikedori (captured alive) both natural features and built structures. The concept goes back at least as far as the 11th C.

Late flowering Bottlebrush
Davidson plum, a rainforest tree and bushtucker plant

This tree has been so slow growing then realised its growing tip is being eaten. Will have to put a guard around it.







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