The awakening theme is inspired by spring’s arrival in the Northern hemisphere. Down here in Southwestern Victoria, autumn is arriving on the tail of a long dry summer.
We had some actual appreciable rain yesterday, but even before that, bulbs have been awakening and pushing up from parched, bare soil.
This little patch of Sternbergia lutea has had no watering at all, yet there have been frail-looking golden cups appearing for weeks.
The Vallota speciosa lives in a pot and gets regular watering – it hasn’t often flowered for me, but I think I might have it in the right spot now. I hope so, anyway!
After the welcome bit of rain on the weekend, grasses have awakened and turned green, to the relief of hungry grazers like this Red-Necked Wallaby in our driveway this morning. I’m hoping that once the grass gets growing, the wallabies will lose interest in my garden. They are browsers as well as grazers, with a taste for exotic plants like rose bushes and strawberry leaves…and the leaves of the spring bulbs that have started to shoot in their autumn awakening.