Monday, September 19, 2016

Holiday Gardening

 So happy to be on holidays from school and to be in my garden.
 Lots of lovely treasures every day to find out there.
 I have some projects that I'll be working on - some new paths and some painting of my hot house.
 The combinations of these colours is just magic!
 My daughter's Birthday Blossom - she turned 19 - Prunus Elvins has always been one of my favourites.
 Lovely Tulips - fleeting, but worth it.

Enjoying the sun while it lasts, and some inside jobs if it rains.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Welcome Spring Time

 These Iceland Poppies were the for-runner for the blooms that were to come
 . . . and they just keep coming
 So elegant and simple
 This is a BIG RED Salvia that is beside my hot house, and is going to look magnificent when all these large red spikes open out. It is covered with buds.
 Had lots of early jonquils and now the daffs are starting to open up.
It's such an exciting time in my garden that has been mainly sleeping for the winter months.
 I got a lovely surprise after work last night, when I spied my magnolia.
It is such a delicate one and I have had a lot of trouble growing them in the past, so I am very pleased that this one seems happy at my back door.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

London Calling

 I've been on an adventure
 I thought I'd head over to see the Queen for her 90th Birthday
 It was my  first trip to England, and I loved it.
 I loved all the flags and all the excitement and ceremony around the Palace.
 It was a bit of a shame that the rain decided to fall, but people say that is London.  I took delight in all the different umbrellas that shot up and down periodically.

From their Summer, I flew through the night to our Winter where it has been snowing more than once this year.  It's cold and wet and slushy underfoot, but I have wonderful memories of a great trip.

Friday, May 27, 2016

A soft Landing

 The problem with not writing a post for awhile, is that I no longer know where to start.  So much has been happening in my world.  Sometimes I feel like I have had a soft landing after such a tumultuous run of events, and then other times I fall with a thud.
 Being a school teacher certainly helps me keep it all real and in perspective.
 . . . and then I go out into my garden and the world seems to slow down.  It's certainly my place of serenity - where I find peace and calm and all things beautiful.

 My Canaries had another good season, and at my last count there are about 26 birds.  They take some keeping up with the bath water and go through a power of seed.  They do have such lovely sweet faces though, and I just love them.
 The begonia's have been beautiful, especially in my hot house and the flowers just keep on giving.  Such vibrant colours . . .

 . . . and this large pink 'Plectranthas' has been like a little bit of Autumn Magic  near my back door this Autumn.  When it finishes flowering, I'm going to cut it back hard and see if I can make some more plants.  It's a beauty.
 Spent some time dressing up at Sovereign Hill and going back to the 1800's.  The children loved spinning in their dresses.  That's what this term's been like - a real S P I N .
 White Nerine's have been beautiful - popping up in all sorts of places in the garden and giving me lovely surprises.
 Some last roses before Winter - this one is called Ashram.  Given to me by a college when my father died a few years ago, and it is a beautiful one.
 Although I've been quiet here on the blog, It's been full on action in my little world.  Loving life and living it to the full.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Still Autumn

 . . . and loving it!
 This was my Tiger Lilly Stalks - only lasted a couple of days like this but was stunning in the garden.
 Thank you to all the people who commented on my last post.  It was heart warming to read the messages of people who felt the same way about special pets.  I still miss her.

 Beautiful Cyclamens in my hot house and in all the nurseries around town.  I just love them.  I knew I was getting old when I just adored them.  My mum always had them and raved about them when I was young, and I just didn't "get it" - she had them at the back door and they multiplied and she oooh'ed and ahhh'ed about them. I really didn't like them then.  Now I LOVE them!

 White Nerines popping up everywhere . . . so many delights of Autumn.