Warming Up to the Cooler Months
As we head towards a winter this year when many of us are unable to escape to warmer climes, we have the chance to discover the unique charm of Melbourne’s cooler months. From viewing the beautiful autumnal panoramas in many of our leafy suburbs, to cosy entertaining outdoors in our own backyards, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy winter at home.
Turning Over an Autumn Leaf
While the best places in Victoria for viewing vibrant autumn foliage are a drive away in the Dandenongs, Mount Macedon, Maldon and as far away as Bright, there are a host of opportunities to see the changing leaves closer to home. The Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens and Yarra Bend Park are ablaze with autumn colour at the moment. Even closer, the suburban streets in the Gascoigne Estate in Malvern East are now awash with yellow, orange and red foliage as are the streets in Canterbury’s Golden Mile. Just strolling through your neighbourhood streets will often reward you with glimpses of some beautiful autumn gardens.
Some of our favourite Autumn gardens:
Fire Up for Winter Entertaining
As the weather gets colder we are tempted to spend more time indoors but year-round outdoor entertaining is a definite possibility, even in Melbourne. An outdoor heater, either freestanding or attached to a pergola, is a surprisingly effective way to take the chill out of a winter night. Nothing beats an open fire, though, for atmosphere and romance. Built-in outdoor fireplaces require quite the investment, but much the same effect can be achieved with a fire-pit or brassiere. These properties, that have taken year-round al fresco dining to the next level, will offer some inspiration.
Productive Winter Gardens
During the stay at home period, many people who had never spent time in the garden before took up planting edible gardens. Now the autumn growing season is coming to an end though, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the back yard garden. There are still plenty of plants that thrive in colder temperatures. It is now the perfect time to plant a variety of vegetables and herbs including Bok Choy, Spinach, Oregano and Rosemary. The link below is a useful guide to preparing your garden for a Melbourne winter.