Hello fellow gardeners, black thumbs and non gardeners are always welcome too 😊.

Saturday to me is becoming the end of the week and the signal of a fresh start.


Because of The Propagator’s Six on Saturday idea (check it out and join the fun here…)


There is something that helps me mentally about looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts. All the colour and the plants and the joy and passion. It reminds me when my depression has me in it’s grip that there is joy to be found. I just struggle to see it.

So today my six is about hope. Hope in my garden and in my heart. A reminder that although right now my garden and mind feel dull the plants will grow in time. I just have to give them my time and effort and care. They will survive and grow and one day will be just as lovely as the local specimens that inspired me in the first place.

So here we go.

1. My cutting grown coral trees (Erythrina sykesii). Only about 50cm high.

The park in Woodbridge that made me fall in love with these trees in the first place.

2. My purchased Cassia Fistula


We had one in the front yard up north in Wickham, WA as a teenager. One grows over the grave of a beloved k9 at Mum and Dad’s home. Youthful and hopeful. This one gets knocked back by the frost and then just grows back.

3. My seed grown Flame trees (Brachychiton acerifolius).

So little, but there are about 10 of them

This is one down the road from our rental. I pass it on the school run most days. I love red gardens. One day we will have red everywhere. An explosion of colour and heat.

4. My cutting grown Poinsettias.


Another local treasure in a neighbour’s front garden. I planted ours next to the sea container to radiate some warmth. They’re an experiment but seem to be surviving the winter so far.

5. Seed grown Sweet Gums (Liquidambar sp.)

My little sweet gums 😢. Hubby burnt the grass trees nearby and knocked them right back.

No red garden is complete without a few of these. I love the spiky seed balls and the carpet of leaves of all sorts of warm colours. Just got a new lot of seed from these trees in the old Midland Railway garden.

6. Proof some things are beautiful right now. Two and half years old and finally my Grevillea olivacea flower!

Thanks for joining me in daydreaming 🌸.

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday… A reminder that things will get better in time.

      1. Sharing your mental health journey is healing for you and inspiring for others. People really need to know they are not alone. I think the more we get our voices out there, the better we will be understood. Your blog is awesome. Nature really does something to the soul. The colors are a great pick me up. Thanks for sharing.

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      2. Wow thanks for making my day. I do think that a hobby of any sort is essential to managing mental illness. The plants don’t care if I am slow and awkward either… Bloody arthritis. I’m grateful for your blog too by the way. Chronic pain and physical restriction is a massive issue. Increased risk of depression too.

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    1. Thank you 🌸 the flame trees normally flower here at the same time as the Jacarandas. Purple and red en mass. So very beautiful. This tree is doing it’s own thing 😊. I love how you call your kids the little weeds by the way. I call mine the ferals.

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  1. Such an optimistic post, and I love the way you’ve combined the idea of what you will achieve in your garden with the photos of your baby plants. You seem to understand that everything passes, nothing stays the same. Inspiring!

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  2. I am totally with you with a red garden. Red gives you fire in your belly to cope with difficult times in your life. During the most challenging period in my life, I was living in Australia, and I loved the liquidambars in Autumn. Nature really helped me then. And when I was back on track I started gardening and have never looked back. I’m with you on this journey now!

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  3. Wow, your garden is going to be wonderful with the standout trees you’ve planted. It was a great idea to include photos of the trees when they’re older, too. I note you have a very substantial fence. Kangaroos problems?
    I think it’s important that you talk about your challenges, and great that SOS goes a little way towards helping you.

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    1. Ah roos. My nemesis. Nemesii? Nemesises? Whichever. I like roos just not in my garden.

      Yep lots of fences. One runs around the external 5 acres then another fences a cleared 1.5 acre for the house area. The internal fence needs rabbit netting but for the most part the plants inside are safe. The ones outside still get eaten but not destroyed like before. I feed the non native plants with blood and bone, the kangaroos hate it.

      What do you use to roo proof?


      1. I don’t have to worry any more as we now live in town, but when we had our olive farm, roos were a constant problem. Mostly we put up with them and crossed our fingers until the olive trees grew big enough but there was often a lot of damage. In the garden we netted the trees with chicken wire.


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