Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blooms and blossoms…

Yesterday was a wonderful day I ended up catching up with 3 friends from church before going out for lunch… I had a pearl barley chicken salad… yummy! Never tried one before but I will be searching out recipes to make my own. Before I knew it it was time to head home again and just so you know I didn’t entirely wag for the whole day or leave my DH in the lurch… DS1 helped with my morning chores(thanks M) and I came home and did the evening chores ;o)

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My lovely friend sent these beautiful camellia blooms home with me! I did buy something… but will share all about that in another post as it’s for my monthly challenge :o)…

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Today I have spent many happy hours out in the garden… over the last couple of days I have been raiding our farm workers cottage(no one is currently living there) and have started a new garden…

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I know its a bit of a lopsided photo but this is an old feed trough… we are going to grow strawberries in it… I went shopping this afternoon and bought some strawberry mix to fill it with so it is now all ready for the strawberry plants(will get those tomorrow)…

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To the left of this photo is some green netting I found, I am going to grow some sweet peas there… in the corner is a climber I found in the sale section of Mitre 10 a while ago and have used a piece from an old fence as a trellis… the plants you can see are bella daisies (at least I think that is what they are called;o) and if we go round a little bit further…

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Some concrete tubs… I am going to plant some herbs in it… and DS1 has a plan for the bits and pieces of wood you can see… I have tried to do everything on a very tight budget, as the house is not ours I don’t want to spend much on the garden but I still like things to look pretty… there was no garden here at all when we shifted in but I am slowly getting there… though I couldn’t resist buying this gorgeous bush Magnolia… they said it doesn’t grow very big, let’s hope they’re right…

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I am hoping I will be able to take it with us when the time comes for us to shift again…

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There were no trees at all when we shifted here… and oh did I miss my flowering cherry trees the first spring… so last year I treated myself to one… ah the first buds are flowering! And I like to bring some spring indoors too…

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I plan to revamp the vege garden next… but the weather has turned so I will have to wait a few days to start that project…

I also found this old garden gate that has yet to find a home…

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If you’ve read right to the end… you’ve done well! Half the reason for this post is so I have a record of what I’ve done so far… I have a few recycling projects I want to do too, some with old tyres(we have lots, they are used as weights when we cover the silage pits) old plastic bottles, some old bricks… I will share them as I go along…

Have a great weekend…

Michelle

11 comments:

Raewyn said...

It's just been perfect weather for getting out in the garden - well done - a bit of rain this weekend will help everything get up and grow, hopefully. The little camellia blooms look lovely in their cloches!

Lara said...

I know exactly how you feel re garden. We don't own our house either but I like the garden to look nice. I bought some potted colour a fortnight ago to brighten up the garden and also some strawberry plants too! Ollie and I are hoping we get some strawberries this year :) Love that gate. I can't wait until we get our own home and can actually do things like that too!

Leeanne said...

I LOVE the old gate....oh I should be out in the garden too, but I really want to get my strippy scrappy quilt top together, I did pull a few weeds as I walked out to get some fire wood in, does that count?

Julia said...

Great job in the garden! I've been busy pottering in mine too. We finally got some rain today so I'm really pleased I planted out some seedlings yesterday.

I love that old gate...I look forward to seeing what you do with it. :-)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your garden is looking great, it will look amazing once everything is grown! I love all the recycled things you have found to use.

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a full weekend, I have used old tyres to grow potatoes with great succses. The garden will look lovely and gardens on the cheap are fun I try to do that all the time and friends are great and giving you cuttings when you need them as long as you repay the favoure ;)
Hugs Bec

Bev C said...

Hello Michelle,

Thoroughly enjoyed this post,lots of treasures especially the old items your found, they certainly add the personal touch to your garden.
Good luck with it all.
happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Farm Girl said...

Love your garden progress Michelle. It's lovely to make something pretty out of leftover bits and pieces and 'treasure'. Hope your weather is improving now, we have had hail and some snow showers overnight, not nice!

Annie said...

I LOVE the garden gate - I love using recycled things in the garden.

Sharon said...

Hi Michelle, Love the camellias and the magnolia, I would love to get one of those one day soon. Sounds like you are going to be very busy out in your garden...enjoy. We have just had a bit of rain this afternoon and I hope to get out into the garden for awhile tomorrow.
Sharon

rosie said...

Hi Michelle, just popped over from Charlie and Wendy's.. I love what you are doing in the garden, especially since you don't own the property.. Looking forward to reading more..