Sunday, 24 August 2014

I Ache!

This may the reason why.  Mick and I had a huge weekend beating the garden into submission.  We didn’t have an open house this week, so we could get in and make a mess.

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We weeded and chopped and planted and it looks so much better for it. 

I don’t know what happened this year.  Everything is supposed to be dormant for the winter months.  The mower usually doesn’t come out of the shed from about May through to August, but Mick has had to mow several times this winter and the weeds that had grown don’t bear thinking about.

The weather was just perfect for being outside.  It reached 19 degrees each day.  We were even able to wear a tee-shirt, rather than the layers we have been used to for the  last few months.  It was so good to feel warm.

Yesterday we had a sun shower come across.  It was strange being in the rain and not feeling cold and wanting to run inside.  It was also rather pretty. Nice, gentle rain.

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I love seeing the flowers start to appear again now, although several of these have been blooming for some time.

Daffodils & Jonquils 

Flowers

I had so much trouble getting violets to grow when we first moved out here, as we had no shade, but they are everywhere now, much to Mick’s disgust, but I love them.  We have five different shades, ranging from white to deep purple.  They are such a delicate little flower.

Violets

Hellebores are another of my favourites.  These all came as tiny seedlings from church fetes and the like.  They live in the shade under a cotoneaster.

Hellebores

After we had tidied everything, it was time to test the watering system.  It was so pretty in the sunshine.  Once again, we didn’t mind getting wet, while setting all the sprays.  There was a definite feeling of spring in the air.

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Now we just want regular rain to make everything thrive.

9 comments:

Susan said...

A great effort for the weekend....it's what I should have been doing a so well. There is a definite hint of Spring in the air here too, lots of beautiful blossoms starting to pop out. I love the violets.

shez said...

Hi Janice what a lovely garden you have,i do hope you get some more rain.xx

Jewells said...

Now that is one AWESOME vege patch!!!!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great looking garden ...you worked hard

Chookyblue...... said...

definitely a springish weekend......gorgeous.........oh and need to steal some of those violet when I come visit.......I'm now sure Mick won't have a problem with that........lost a lot of mine with the drought.........

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good job Janice!

Jenny said...

Janis I just love all the flowers in the your garden.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Such beautiful garden photos! It's good you are rewarded with such lovely flowers after a hard day weeding. I love violets, such a beautiful scent and heleborous for their rich speckled colours.

Ali Honey said...

Good work! You seem to have almost exactly what I too have flowering in my garden over here. You get more and harder frost though.