What’s growing in my garden?

Gardens change dramatically with each season in this part of the world so I thought I’d post some more photos of my garden now that we’re well into summer. The last post like this was back in May.

Last winter I scattered wildflower seeds in the garden and the annual cornflowers have just started flowering. I’ve never seen them before in my life – the foliage in Brisbane is very different – and they’re just lovely. I also have perennial cornflowers but they’re not the same. Annual cornflowers are more delicate and a very vivid blue. I like them a lot.


The sunflowers I grew from seed in the greenhouse and eventually planted outside have survived and are doing well. Sunflowers can grow outside this far north after all. I don’t think it’s their ideal climate; it never gets hot here and I think they prefer higher temperatures but I can see the beginnings of a flower at the very top so I’m hopeful. The first one I planted outside is almost as tall as I am and I’m 175cm. I took a selfie of the two of us.


Some garden photos. I need to fill in those gaps.



I ate my first cherry tomato yesterday and there are lots more about to ripen.


If you were a plant which one would you be? I think I’d be a camelia because they like the shade and flower in winter. They also don’t have any thorns and make good tea.

14 responses to “What’s growing in my garden?”

  1. If the sunflower had headphones as well would it grow even taller. Favourite flower – lots, but Canterbury Bells look lovely.

    1. I had to Google Canterbury Bells – Campanula? I’ve got some campanula seeds and am planning to grow them.

  2. Looks lovely! My tomatoes are less successful. Which variety do you grow? So exciting to see everything people are growing. Happy gardening!

    1. I have a couple of varieties. This one is a cherry tomato. I’m not sure of the specific name. I’ve also got a tiger tomato (not sure of the name of this either) which produces fruit with yellow stripes. I haven’t tried any of these yet though because it’s not quite at that stage.

  3. lovely looking garden considering the east coast climate – you need to move west so your sunflowers can bask in the warmth of the gulf stream

    1. Is it warmer on the west? I thought it was just wetter?

      1. the west coast is right in the track of the North Atlantic Drift so both wetter and milder (and midgier). There are some lovely gardens, places like Inverewe which should never be possible so far north- according to popular legend you can occasionally find coconuts on Hebridean beaches carried all the way from the Carribean 🙂

  4. Cornflowers are one of my favourite garden plants — that blue! I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get enough sunshine to coax the sunflowers out.

    1. I think I might have first heard of them on your blog and was inspired to grow them myself as a result 🙂

      1. I’m so pleased 🙂 When the heads start to dry up keep an eye out for seeds. It’s easy to save them and use them to grow more next year.

  5. That is a very, very good looking garden. You’ve obviously taken much care with the feeding. Everything looks very lush.

    1. The hard work was all done by the previous owners. All I did was scatter some seeds and do some mulching.

  6. […] selfie of my sunflower which is now taller than I am. Five days ago it was about up to my eyes (pic here). Now it’s over my head. I’ve discovered there’s a downside to having a new […]

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