In this strange time of self-isolation, social distancing and furious washing of hands, a lot of people are missing the beauty and joy of seeing the change of seasons in our amazing parks and gardens, as well as the pleasure of just being part of nature.
Instead of being able to wander among the huge trees, kicking up the leaves with the kids and making enormous heaps of leaves to jump into, we may be stuck in a flat or apartment looking at the walls.
It can be depressing not to be out and about in nature, but there are some great gardening books and magazines available to access online from Borrowbox, Libby and RBDigital (Gardening Australia Magazine). These resources can help to keep you busy and enjoying nature from a distance. It is quick and easy to access them from the eLibrary page on our website – if you need help you can ask us any questions you can Ask a Librarian weekdays on Twitter and Facebook.
Wandering through my garden this morning, I took a few pictures to show everyone how the trees and vines are colouring up beautifully – but before you say “lucky lady” – remember who will be raking up all these gorgeous coloured leaves once they finish being the amazing display they are now, and all fall onto the ground.
When we moved here five years ago, there was no garden to speak of, which gave us a blank canvas to work with. Most of the trees and shrubs on the property had been decimated by the fire on Black Saturday and we decided we didn’t want to surround the house with the very flammable native shrubs and eucalyptus trees this time.
I notice that there is a fabulous article in this month’s Gardening Australia magazine, showcasing gardens after Black Saturday. You could borrow it on RBDigital and have a read. When I started planning the garden and talking to the local nurseryman, we found that we both had a passion for Maples. Spurred on by his enthusiasm and ability to sources rare varieties, we now have at least ten different types of maples spread throughout the garden, which is why I have so much glorious colour now.
We are extremely fortunate to have a fresh water bore that allows us to keep a beautiful English style garden like this, and enjoy the changing of the seasons with amazing and uplifting blossom in the Spring and the vibrant, iridescent colours in the leaves during the Autumn.
If you’re looking for more nature fixes, Better Homes & Gardens have a wonderful site where we can take a virtual stroll through some of the Nation’s Best Botanical Gardens so climb aboard, relax, and enjoy these amazing places.
Of course its Spring in the northern hemisphere, so some beautiful spring gardens can be toured to get ideas and inspiration for when we can get back out into our gardens next springtime in Australia. Check them out here.
Let us know if you enjoy these resources!
Tess Barker, Library Technician