I never understood the joy people seemed to get from their gardens. When I was younger I didn't appreciate the time and effort it takes to create a space that you and your family can relax in.
We've been in our current place for more than 10 years now and although we've put a lot of time into renovations inside lately, our outside has been giving us so much pleasure this spring. It's particularly dry in this part of the world for this time of year so I'm having to keep up the watering but it's paying off with lots of colour and lush growth. I know a lot of you are heading into winter so I thought a few pics of my garden might help you to look forward to your next spring. Happy holidays to those who are celebrating at the moment and happy gardening to those of us downunder.
Flowering cherries are one of my favourite trees. I have a few dotted around our half acre.
When we first moved here with four preschoolers I thought I'd pull out some of the seventy five rose bushes. My lovely father-in-law convinced me not to and said he'd help with the upkeep. I'm so glad we still have them!
I planted five new roses this year and this was one of them -"Integrity".
I love having flowers inside.
I also love my veges. That's my worm farm in the black bucket!
The bees and I love the wisteria. I think I might grab a chair and my Lovecats Downunder "Hot Christmas Nights" set and get reading under here.
What's hapening in your garden at the moment?
Your garden looks gorgeous, Barb! Our backyard (one could not call it a garden by any strecth of the imagination) is it's usual. Grass and established gums which my husband has drought proofed i.e. if it can't survive without regular water, too bad :-)ReplyDelete
This year though about 5 of my 12 Jacaranda trees had really good displays of flowers so I'm very excited about that considering they've been terribly neglected since we planted them. They'd probably be double the size if someone who was dedicated lived in this house!
When I read about your jacarandas, Amy I realized that I actually love them more than flowering cherries. I've seen your backyard on FB pics and it looks gorgeous. I bet those gums smell divine and the bird life must be amazing. I do like your hubby's drought proofing plan!ReplyDelete
Amazing is one word, Barb. Loud is another. Especially at 5 in the morning....Delete
WOW I love that garden ours is small and very sparse I do not have green thumbs but I do have a lovely Crepe Myrtle tree a pink one which when in flower is brilliant I would love to be sitting in your garden reading :)
Helen, I had to google a Crepe Myrtle and I think I have a new favourite tree! They're gorgeous. I wonder if it would grow in New Zealand.I hope things are not too hot and dry for you at the mo.ReplyDelete
And there are so many colours you could always try to grow them you have a lovely yard for them and we had a fairly wet November so it isn't too dry here at the moment :)Delete
What a lovely garden you have, Barb! How divine is that white rose that's climbing over your back patio. It looks like a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine and a good book. :-)ReplyDelete
I'm very impressed that the gardenia on our front veranda actually has a flower! It far more than I deserve considering how much I neglect it. As for the rest, the weeds are growing beautifully. :-)
Your garden looks so beautiful, Barb. I love, love, love wisteria and am currently looking for somewhere to plant some in our new (enormous) garden. I've never gardened before, so this is all a big experiment!!ReplyDelete
Looking gorgeous, Barb. Which means someone's done a lot of hard work.ReplyDelete
Out here in the sounds we don't have flower gardens, but plenty of vegetables which doing very well right now. I've also just started picking raspberries, and the cherries are starting to colour up so need to put the bird netting over them today.
You're garding in looking fabulous , Barb. I especially like that sitting areas under the climbing white rose and other under the wisteria! Perfect for a warm day and a good book!ReplyDelete
We're looking a little dry here but what's working well at our place at the moment is the fuschia outside my office window - the little nectar eating birds love it - and the conifer in the back yard that's lovely to sit under.
What aren't so lovely are the flies ready to get personal around eyes, nose and mouth!
oh, dear... should have had a proof-read - should be, your garden is looking fabulous! Pleading heat-scrambled brains! LOLReplyDelete
What garden? I still haven't turned my black/brown thumb into a green thumb. I still want to make an effort when I'm in a place where I actually have a yard.ReplyDelete
It's so good that your father-in-law convinced you to keep the rose bushes. It would look the same without them.
What's happening, Barb? Weeds? Lots of them. Everything's rampant at the moment. Trying to do a big clear out of stuff we don't need in our jungle right now. Loved your pics by the way!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the lovely pictures. Our garden is covered in snow. Your yard is amazing and you roses are the stuff dreams are made of.ReplyDelete
Barbara, those photos are gorgeous! And your yard looks different to when I was last there. Clearly I need to visit again!ReplyDelete