Spring gallops

Not only are there spring carnivals as the horse racing season progresses with plenty of galloping horses, so, too, do the gardens accelerate with their spring growth.  Flower buds, leaf buds all are springing (sorry!) into action.

Montaza Park jasmine

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Jasminum polyanthemum is a perfumed twining creeper with pretty perfumed flowers.

The poplar that was bare last week is now covered with fresh, young leaves, the Mediterranean Oak is now fully clothed and casting solid (almost too solid) shade.

Cherry blossom is out as are varieties of apples.  And the roses, especially many of the older style varieties such as the Tea Roses, are full of blooms.

Climbers, such as the pretty jasmine, left, are trailing over fences and, if given a chance will climb into trees.  It is best, for the tree's sake to keep climbers, like jasmine, under control as they can smother the tree. An annual prune in late summer is not a bad idea as it will keep the jasmine from wrecking other plants.

The central part of the South West of Western Australia has a warm temperate climate.  In inland parts, and dependant on altitude, frosts may occur several times a winter, sufficiently cold in some years to adversely affect plants such as Jacarandas and kill geraniums.  

Lilac at Montaza Park 

Montaza lilac sm

The flowers and scent of lilac are a sign of spring.

Plants from colder climes that tolerate frost take the occasional cold morning in their stride and will do well.  Apples and other similar fruits rely on the chill factor to fruit well.  

Lilacs are good examples, that although from a colder climate, they will grow and bloom well in the inland South West especially if they have some protection from the hot afternoon summer sun.

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