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06 September 2014 @ 11:06 pm
Lovely day for it  
Perfect spring day today; mainly sunny, with scudding clouds and a light breeze to keep things comfortable. I spent a lot of the morning in the garden, just planning what I'll do with it next - I'm not good at it, and there's a lot of trial and error (and watching of gardening programs) but it's fun. I had my phone with me so took some photos, too, but being taken via phone they're not all that great, but still a record of how things are progressing.

I love the garden on the south side of my house the best. It's shady but the plants I've put in there seem to appreciate the shelter.

My azaleas are in bloom at the moment:

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A little corner full of bromeliads:

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Jonquils appreciated a drink:

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I love the branches of my leopard tree, looking very bold against the sky here:

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Took some photos of the grape hyacinths, too, but they're miniature ones and when I got close enough to capture them, the background shows up in high resolution while the flowers themselves are fuzzy. Will have to try with my actual camera next time:

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From the side gate:

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I get a lot of enjoyment here.

ETA: the first two times I uploaded these pics they were all sideways. Ack! I think I've fixed it now....
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mrua7mrua7 on September 6th, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
Wow you're doing a pretty good job of it if you ask me! Lovely photos! (even the blurry one lol!)

I'm a lazy gardener myself. planting mostly perennials. I fill in with very few annuals so there's at least constant color as my garden 'cascades'. The longest blooming are my 'ever-bloom' red roses that will flower until December. Some how I have minimal weeding to do, and that suits me as getting down and up from kneeling after the stroke is a bit of an effort, and almost comical... So yes, perennials are a good thing!

I haven't had much luck with adding greenery though...
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:04 am (UTC)
Your garden is lovely, I think. I like the way you have colour all year round and your plants always look so healthy. Mine is very hit-and-miss I'm afraid! But thank you for your kind words.
mrua7mrua7 on September 7th, 2014 10:12 am (UTC)
Thant you! The only thing I do is constantly feed the plants with a product called 'Miracle Grow." It really helps a lot.
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
I shall look for that, thanks for the tip.
ali15son: pic#122902097ali15son on September 6th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
its lovely to see all your flowers in full bloom whilst most of mine are dying off at the moment ...thankyou for sharing xx
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:05 am (UTC)
You're welcome, thank you for commenting! It IS strange to think that you're heading into winter, while here spring has just begun.
Merlin Pendragon: Magnolia - moimrlnpndrgn on September 6th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's lovely!

Me, I thought I'd have a go at it once I retired, but then I discovered that it's too much work :-(

So... I'm thinking artificial grass or wild things ;-/

miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm afraid I don't spend as much time in the garden as I'd like to - but then once you've got it established there's not a lot to do on an ongoing basis. Which reminds me, I had meant to weed the garden next to the front stairs today as I noticed a lot of nut grass pushing through, but it's getting close to dark now so it will have to wait for next weekend.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on September 6th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)

Lovely photos. :D

I grew up with a championship winning gardener dad so I always find myself noticing lovely gardens. I'm not keen on American gardens in general that tend to run heavy to lawn, a few shrubs and very little else but my house looks just like that too as the heat keeps me inside.

That's my rambling way of saying I'm impressed that you put the effort in and get such wonderful results too.
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!

You're only seeing the nice bits, here, not the huge stretches of uneven lawn that even this early on is starting to die off....

My ideal is a cottage garden, with room for a veggie patch, but until I'm not working and have more time to spend it will have to wait.
a honeyed wine at night: leafy drinkmoonlightmead on September 6th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely! I am starting to pay much more attention to garden and flower pictures now, because I seem to have acquired a garden along with my house, and I have no *idea* what to do with it. But it is very pretty still, even if it requires attention very soon.

I like your leopard tree. I keep looking for a leopard lounging in its limbs. And the jonquils look so delicate with their water drops as decoration.

I have been to Western Australia (Perth) and to NSW (Sydney and the Snowy Mountains - or were they technically ACT?) And I really did notice that western plants do *not* do well and that eucalypts and other native species were the way to go. How many of yours are native and how many are you keeping alive though dedication and perseverance?

(Excuse for icon: this picture was taken in my garden. Then I cut all the greenery out in favour of the wine. Ahem.)
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:22 am (UTC)
I do hope we'll see photos of your garden soon. Try walking around your neighbourhood and seeing what everyone else is planting, if you're looking for ideas.

Only a few of my plants are natives; my lilly pilly tree, a couple of banksias in the front, and my poor Moreton Bay Fig which does not appreciate the dry weather we've been having. Most of my plants are native to similar climates though, like Brazil and South Africa. The azaleas come from a cooler climate and I keep them in the shade, where they do okay.

Wine is good! If only wine grew on trees.... *g* . I did have a grape vine once, not here, but when I lived in a much cooler climate. It never really developed any fruit but it was so pretty changing colour in the autumn.
sunray45: Pink Frangipannisunray45 on September 7th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
"A light breeze was blowing"?!! It was blowing a gale down here and still is today.

I love your white azalea, used to have one of those, but now have mainly pink and red ones. The offer is still open if you'd like some more different broms. Ours were dug up last year and more or less dumped up the back, but they are flowering like crazy. :)
miwahni: Pros Flowersmiwahni on September 7th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Really? Was quite windy here today but yesterday was very mild.

I would have taken you up on the offer for the broms (and should point out that the darker green ones in the second photo originated from your place, thank you!) but my sister, who now lives three doors up, has a whole yard full of bromeliads - no lawn, just bromeliads filling the space - and when she cuts hers back she's giving me a heap. I already have a number of them from her, filling the back corner (poor tree ferns did not survive last summer, despite almost constant watering). But thank you for the offer. They're such a pretty plant, especially when they're flowering.

Edited at 2014-09-07 07:26 am (UTC)