Monday, August 20, 2007

Old garden shots, part 1


Ces asked what my garden looked like, and true to form for a gardener, I told her it looked better at some other time than now. Gardeners are forever saying things like "You should have seen it last week" or "Its at its best when the such-n-such is in bloom".

In my defense, it is still winter here in Oz, and I have lost alot of plants to the drought over the last few years. So the garden is sporting some large bare areas that want replanting. Over time I will be going from a cottage style (which works much better in the Northern Hemisphere than here), to a more 'Aussie Bush' style garden.

In this photo, we can see part of the back garden as it was in November 2004. In bloom you can see Agapanthus, Echinacea, Roses, Daylillies, and Lavender - of course!

18 comments:

Lavender said...

Its a rainy grey day today. Im glad to have the rain, but I need it to knock it off for a bit so I can get on my bike. I havent missed a day yet! Yesterday we splurged and got some nicely padded wider seats - Ahhhhhh, much better! LOL

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAA, it's not just Winter but the END of Winter and one that had huge storms and floods! My best garden photos are from the same year ... must have been a good year :) Aussie Bush style is the only way to go in Sydney, but there are still 'cottage' style flowers that grow in dry and poor soil. Marigolds do well. Your Lavender looks very healthy Lavender!

kj said...

you know i love seeing this photo of your garden, lavender! i have bare spots too, but i'm still taking my good old time with it all. i refuse to be a nervous or inpatient gardener.

i hope your butt is very content.

:)

Lavender said...

Onya KJ! Slow and steady wins the race - in the garden, or on the bike Hehehehe!

Lavender said...

Hiya Anon! Oh yeah, marigolds love me! And I love them too - I used to grow them in pots on the fire escape of my apartment back in the big city days - some people say they are 'common' but I say anything that performs that reliably gets a spot in any garden....

2004 a good year for you too eh? Maybe that was the last year the plants had the strength left to fight, Ta Anon!

Two other annuals that always do me proud - Cosmos, any colour of those, and Zinnias - look for the variety 'Exhibition Giant' - they are amazing!

I used to grow many varieties of sunflowers - but the Cockies love them too much Hehehe!

Mama Zen said...

Hi Lavender! Love your garden! I wish I had that kind of talent. I have no luck with flowers at all. I'm the only person that I know that can kill marigolds!

Lavender said...

Hi Mama Zen, Sorry youre thumb isnt greener, but on the bright side you have other talents! Like observation!

ex: your post "Its not about planets, people" - too true!

Thanks for visiting :)

BetteJo said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your garden is beautiful, no matter if it's winter there or not. I wish I could do it, I have no patience for it, although I love flowers.

Your beads are gorgeous too, I think it takes a more creative soul than mine to do that kind of thing.

Oh - and I'd love to see what an Aussie Bush style garden is! :)

Lavender said...

Hi BetteJo! Thank you very much for your kindness - Ill bet youve thought of making your own beads tho, and Id bet youd be great at it too!
I wish I had a pic of an Aussie Bush garden for you now..if I find one I will sing out for you to come see it! I cant wait to get some more 'natives' in my garden, the ones I do have now really pull in the magnificent birds we have down here.
Thank you for visiting it was a pleasure to meet you!

Lavender said...

Im going to toot my own horn here - Ive gone out during a break in the rain and done todays bike ride! Woo Hoo! Gotta love endorphins tehehe That makes 8 rides in the 7 days weve had the bikes - my goal is to ride everyday and so far so good!
Cheers!

Ces said...

Lavender, no wonder you have birds, probably butterflies too. I think the flowers on the right lower corner are the same as the ones I saw on KJ's garden last week. Beautiful and what a rainbow of colors. Thank you for sharing.

Ces said...

Oh I forgot. Congratulations on the bike treks. Hope you don't have saddle sore.

Lavender said...

Hiay Ces! Ah, the lower right - the Echinacea, or cone flower - yes, Id bet KJ would have them and they are great plants indeed!
Im still working on attracting butterflys - there are some spectacular vivid metallic blue ones that go to the neighbors lemon tree, but dont come down to visit me - perhaps I should do my homework and see if I couldnt get them to linger lower for my camera LOL!
My 'saddle sores' are much improved with this new seat - hooray! Now, to build some stamina back up :)

Liz said...

Hi Lavender! Thanks for checking out my blog. We love our BBQ in Canada too, but it's more macho than fancypants. My father-in-law will put on his down jacket in mid-winter to cook some steaks for us! Which I think is insane.

What a beautiful garden you have!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

The garden looks very natural in the picture.

Lavender said...

Hi Liz LOL! Your FIL is a character - must be a true BBQ lover to go to those lengths. Thanks for visiting, it was a pleasure to discover your blog!

Hi Captain Thank you! I do try to let it look as natural as possible, so I appreciate your noticing, Cheers!

Around My Kitchen Table said...

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. I've been having a look at yours. You have some lovely photographs on here. Love your garden and your budgies - could take or leave your bike!

Lavender said...

LOL! Well, if you need the bike just sing out! :) Thanks for visiting & commenting, I do like to share my photos - it gives me an excuse for taking so many! Have a great day!