Monday, August 18, 2014

A little rain......


Hi All how did you spend your week end?
We had rain not big rain but enough to fill the tanks which is what we needed.


All the new plants I transplanted around the pond now look good after the rain, and some 
have new shoots on them.
I thought the pond could do with a fountain so I found this old light shade in the shed and gave it
to the master plumber to see what he could do.
Not to bad..
I still need to get more rocks and cover up the black plastic, that's the next job on the list.


The grass is looking green and the house clean after the rain
I love how every thing looks so fresh after.



 The citrus are doing well still and these mandies are sweet.
These fruit trees have been in 5 years now.


Today's job is getting rid of this hedge along the fence line, it is night jasmine and looks
out of place now we have enlarged the yard yet again. 


We planted more fruit trees in this area as well on Sunday, I have planted
a Cherry tree and a native berry called Jaboticaba it has berries on the trunk of the tree, something interesting I thought. We also planted another olive tree. Out the front of the dairy we also planted 3 kiwi fruits, 2 coffee bushes 1 apple tree and a new plum. 
Photos of those later.


The mangos and avocado are still covered to keep the frost out,so far nothing has been frosted except the poor banana trees, as you can see below. Hopefully come spring they will come back and we will get some fruit.


Enjoy your week 
 and all that it brings.
Mandy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Bellis" and Brisbane


If there was a bad blogger award I think I would win that!!!!

You know when life gets so busy in the garden there is not time for not much else, except going to Brisbane to see the open garden of ABC Gardening presenter Jerry Coleby Williams, Bellis.



It was a wonderful example of a sustainable inner city garden.


 I realized that I should put a lot more in my vege beds as I waste a lot of room.


There were so many people that there were areas of the Garden I didn't get to as it was gridlock
on the narrow paths


He had Guinea pigs to keep William and Harry busy and native bees, which is on my list
of things to get.


There was this wild spinach growing all through the garden that looks like a weed 
I am always pulling out, I will have to look into it and check.


Then it was of to South bank for a look around.


Some lunch


 I had Chili mussells yummo...O and a glass or 2 of wine Hey by this time with these 3 I needed it.


After lunch we looked through Queen Street Mall, and on the way home stopped at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre, it was a hit with the boys, I didn't get any thing but Bruce found a few bits he wanted.


Spring doesn't feel far away now what with open gardens and day trips with great weather.
I have got a lot done this winter though and will share later on.

Have a great day All.
Mandy

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sofa Love..

Hi all 
I couldn't wait to show you my new find, Thursday as I was
doing the op shops I found the perfect sofa.


She is pink, beautiful and all mine.
I am not ashamed to admit that yes I did a little jig, clapping my hands
with glee and jumping up and down when I laid eyes on her.


Those buttons and those perfect legs, and let me say she is in 
great condition.


I have been on the look out for a pink 2 seater sofa for this wall,
even green would have been good. It also had to have the velvet look about it.


What do you think?????...



O and I did get other goodies from my day out doing the thrift shops
but they pale in caparison to my 
Sofa.

Mandy

Friday, July 18, 2014

Glasshouse....

Hi All
Just a quick post to show you the finished 
Glasshouse
.

As you can see we had enough windows to get it finished.
I have a couple of shelves in here with tomato seedlings, ferns and
geraniums.





A view from the outside looking in.


This is what it looks like from the back yard.



French doors make the front wall, the wooden ones are the door way.


Inside with the sun streaming in through the dirty windows. hahaha
they looked clean until I saw this photo.


I love my recycled glasshouse and am going to get a lot of use from it.
Have a great week end All
Mandy

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Frozen Wonderland....



Brrrrrrr
It has been cold today, the wind is howling through here.




Wednesday morning I woke up to my bottom garden completely frozen. The plant above is my Chinese lantern and weeds. Below is the chair with icicles hanging off it. It was a frozen wonderland down there.



I must confess that I left the sprinkler on down there over night, all that water and 0 start mornings led to the big freeze. See the branch below? it was covered in ice and so heavy it was bent to the ground. The amazing thing is that as of this afternoon nothing has been harmed, the plants don't even look like the have been frozen, I'll see what the next few days brings.



I didn't spend all day in the garden today as the wind really was horrible to be out in. Instead
I took the opportunity to clean the boys room while
they are away. 


I thought I would show you a picture as it is  very rare to see this room clean. 
Robbie and William have been at there sisters Jess for the last week having a holiday, they went out
on the bus Saturday morning. A first for them both.
They have been having a great time out there.


Tomorrow we will be going out to pick them up, we'll stay for the week end then head home Sunday as they start school Monday. It has been so quiet here with no children but boy o boy have I got some gardening done....

Have a great week end
Blessings 
Mandy

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Front Garden.....

What perfect gardening weather we have been having here,we
have spent the last 2 days in the front garden. When I say we I mean myself and a lovely 
backpacking couple from England.


Above is the garden today, I did get a little carried away pruning as you can see the same garden below in summer. hm mm a lot barer now.








The corner garden I have completely revamped, Marcus pulled out all the 
things I didn't want any more, there were lots of plants that were just getting old and not doing well so out they came. Lots of cuttings have been potted up from all the pruning.


The salvias needed cutting right back as well and they will all grow back
and flower in spring.


All the roses were all pruned back hard, fertilized and well watered.
I have planted lots of daises for lots of colour come spring.


Have you been spending time this winter in the garden getting ready for spring.
Later in the week these gardens will all be mulched with bark chippings to help keep the water
in come summer.

Blessings
Mandy

Saturday, July 5, 2014

In the winter garden.

I bet you were all expecting photos from Melbourne
weren't you. Yep me too, only thing is when I went to put all 
my photos onto the computer I some how deleted them all.


 I had also had spent the day on Thursday at the Gold Coast with my youngest grandson Mason, yep lost all those photos too. I tell you I still feel sick from doing it.
Still don't know how I did it!!!!!!


 So that's why your getting photos of the garden.


The good news is 
Bruce is building me a glasshouse made from all recycled windows.
We have been collecting them for a while to do this.


He is building it in the vege garden adjoining the shed, you can see the collection of windows and doors we have. All looks a bit messy now but will be amazing when it is finished.


Below you can see it is taking shape, won't be long and I'll have 
my seedlings growing ready for spring.


Enjoy your week end, the weather is amazing here
a beautiful warm winters day made just for gardening.

Mandy