How does my garden grow? Plants


Autumn may be my favourite season but it’s like picking a favourite book. However, I do love Autumn. I love how it encourages us to wind down from the heat of summer, to enjoy the rain and the chilly nights, to see the world changing.

It is also a good time to garden. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and there is enough rain to encourage you to believe that the plants will settle in okay. The soil still has some Summer warmth, and our Winters are mild enough to let plants burble along until the burst of Spring.

I cleaned out the summer vegetables, and prepared the soil for a winter crop. This was mainly compost and warm castings.


Cabbages and brussel sprouts, with onions in the background. Over by the fence is the currant bush.

Now the cabbages are starting to look like cabbages. I spent time yesterday rubbing the eggs of the cabbage moth from the back of the leaves.


We chopped back the rosemary bush and offered sprigs to the neighbourhood.


The spring onions, pak choi and spinach are all holding their own.

The seeds for the pak choi and spinach were a gift from Hanna and Al, to thank us for coming to their wedding. If you know Hanna you will not be surprised to hear that these little tags were all hand-created by her, with some input from Al, I am sure!


The silver beet (chard) is begining to flourish now that it has come out from under the beans. (Who knew there was any way to slow down the growth of silver beet?!)


Work has gone on in the very neglected back yard. For a few years now it has been left to its own devices, it is time to wrench back a bit of control. I have been planting beside the fence…..a grevillia (Robyn Gordon) and a little eremophilia vernicosa. This is described as a delightful small shrub with pink flowers in spring, drought tolerant and good for heavy soils. What more could I ask for?



The tiny leaves of the eremophila

Also planted is a ground cover, Helichrysum argyrophyllum. It has lovely everlasting daisies from early Summer to Autumn. Behind it is a small tea tree, Leptospermum scoparium. It sounds quite spectacular with pink flowers that cascade from Spring to Autumn, with narrow leaves that provide a dramatic backdrop. (Well, that’s what the label says!)



Next to them are two roses, ‘Red intuition’ and a white Iceberg. The Iceberg is very special as it was grown from a cutting for me by my sister


There is more work to do in the back. I have a big bush to remove and more plants to plant. They won’t get in the ground now, so will have to wait until the soil warms up in Spring.

I want to leave my Autumn theme with a little poem, or a blessing. It is by one of Australia’s unique treasures, Michael Leunig, from his little book “When I talk to you”:


We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work;

Seeds of faith planted with faith;

Love nurtured by love;

Courage strengthened by courage;

We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul,

The bitter and the sweet;

For that which has grown in adversity

And for that which has flourished in warmth and grace;

For the radiance of the spirit in autumn

And for that which must now fade and die’

We are blessed and give thanks.


29 replies on “Autumn”

I always used to plant broad beans amongst my brassicas. Their white flowers would help to fool the cabbage moths that there were already competitors in that area, please move along. If you plant sequentially, you get a long flowering season, too. Maybe next time.


Then I had the moment when I realised how silly that idea is….by the time the broad beans have grown and showing their lovely white flowers the cabbages will be well and truly munched!!


It seems strange to think you are just going into autumn whilst we are still in Spring but it’s interesting to see the differences. I love those little tags with the seeds – what a good idea.


Aren’t those seed tags delightful? I can only imagine the nights spent working on them by Hanna and Al! I am loving seeing the Spring gardens in so many Northern Hemisphere blogs. The walk through your garden was delightful.


When we reach autumn, the gardens go completely to sleep–so cold and snowy here. It’s nice to see the abundance you have. The idea of giving seeds as a wedding favor is lovely–I wonder how many guests really planted them . . .

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I read a book ~ “The 1000 mile garden”? ~ about two gardens, one in London and one New England. I remember being so surprised how the American garden went to sleep in Autumn. Living with snow is something beyond my knowledge. And of course you get the wonderful surprises of Spring.


I am so jelous of your garden! ( we don’t have any unfortunately) I like the way you pay attention to details but not just in gardening but also in your artwork.
The picture of te rose is fantastic with the sunshine!


I do love detail! My garden isn’t very large, but big enough for me. I love being able to walk out and potter in the garden. Do you have potted plants? Herbs? Simple vegetables?

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Anne, how lovely to be planting a fall garden. I’ve never grown Brussels sprouts but I love the way they look when they’re ready for harvest. I hope all your perennials, ground cover and veg come through like champs. I love autumn and I love spring. It’s always a tossup. They’re both amazing times of the year.


I haven’t grown Brussel sprouts before either! I have planted eight plants, so if they succeed I will be hunting down interesting ways to cook them. 😉 It is the change of season that really appeal to me; I would miss that if I lived in more tropical areas.


I love the change of the seasons too, Anne. I can complete relate.

Mike likes to par-boil the brussel sprouts, then roast them in olive oil and seasoning. I didn’t think I liked brussels sprouts until he prepared them that way.


I have got behind with blog reading…I too am supposed to be in Autumn (NZ) but it has been such mixed up summer, the autumn seems to be following suit. I don’t have an in-ground garden due to the fact it’s not satisfactory the ground – but a lot of nice pots came my way – some bigger than others – and I bought some bags of mix. Some plants have suffered from the critters but I have still munched on the semi-holy leaves…

I don’t expect to get any cabbages in but I do have a variety of s/beets….green and coloured, some other kind of leafy greens and parsley…


Isn’t it surprising how much you can grow in a pot? You can pop them right by the door, and just break off a leaf or two when you need them. I hope your autumn has settled down a little now.

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it’s like truly Autumn with some fine sunny days with a very chill wind – even in the sun…so of course that means layering.

yes my pot vegs are all doing fairly well, although there have been “night hole eaters” which seem to have given up – mainly because I still eat the holy leaves (after I’ve washed them of course…)


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