30 Day Challenge

Nov 22 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 20

Ornithogalum

Today I am grateful for all the colour in my garden. Not just the pretty pinks, reds, blues and violets of the flowers but also the varying shades of green, blue and silver I find in the foliage of plants. I love all the hues, tints and shades produced at different times of day and the way certain flowers and plants change colour at different stages of growth. And talking of colour, [...]

Nov 21 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 19

Pandorea jasminoides "Charisma"

Today I am grateful for Creepers! Creepers are such versatile plants that we use to cover unattractive walls and spaces and for vertical interest. I love watching the Star Jasmine in my garden as it fills the wallss and emits its heady perfume. I enjoy the challenge of getting my two small Clematis plants to grow and I love watching the Pandoea jasminoides (Bouwer vine) slowly fill up the trellises around the [...]

Nov 20 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 18

Azaleas

Today I am grateful for my Gardening Companions! My beloved pets are so sweet when I am in the garden. Dexter needs to be involved in whatever I am doing, digging, sniffing, and following me from one task to the next. Sherrie likes to observe from a sunny spot and sweet little Hercules loves it when the dogs are locked up inside and he gets to spend time with me, alone, in [...]

Nov 19 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 6 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 17

Gardenia Jasminoides

Today I am grateful for … Change! Yes, really, I said it. I actually fear change, don’t really like it much when things I’m accustomed to are turned around or when life deals us a blow and what we know as ‘normal’ is no longer. “Change”, for me, is daunting at best, shocking at worst – but usually with change comes hope and new possibilities.  The older I get the more readily [...]

Nov 18 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 2 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 16

Cherry Tomato flowers

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to grow my own herbs and vegetables. I love being able to pop out into the back garden to grab a handful of coriander or sweet basil, to harvest a few fresh lettuce leaves or to pluck a lovely red chilli off a plant to spice up whatever is cooking on the stove. Freshly picked parsley is tastier than store bought, Thai basil is delicious [...]

Nov 17 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 15

Sparaxis

Today I am grateful that gardening has taught me to appreciate other gardens. I used to sail through life without ever glancing at the beautiful gardens in my neighbourhood, without any appreciation for the time and effort put into our beautiful South African Botanical Gardens and without ever stopping to smell the roses or admire the look of a friends garden. Now I am quite obsessed with looking at other gardens and [...]

Nov 16 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 5 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 14

Cleome

Today I am grateful for all the critters that frequent my garden. Yes, yes, I know they are not all great to have around, but if it weren’t for the snails, slugs, beetles and aphids (and dare I mention the mole), I think life in the garden would be a whole lot less interesting. And with the bad come the good … earthworms, pranging mantids, geckos, bees and the butterflies, to mention [...]

Nov 15 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 13

Bougainvillea

Today I am grateful that gardening burns calories! I love that I am burning calories (at the rate of 280 per hour) doing something I really enjoy. My days of jumping around the gym to build up a sweat are long over and as I spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week gardening, I am getting a lot more exercise now than I was a year ago. That I am [...]

Nov 14 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 8

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I am grateful today for my camera! I do not know how I would be able to share all that I can without being able to capture the moment. The camera is my third eye and sees things closer and better that I can. It holds the moment suspended in time and the image is available for all to see for ever…. What a brilliant gardening tool to have!

Nov 14 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 12

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Today I am grateful for the fact that my garden has taught me to be environmentally aware. I never used to worry much about the planet or what I was potentially doing to it until I started gardening. The garden has taught me to care about what I put out into the world and what I take from it. I’ve stopped using any chemical pesticides preferring to let nature take its course [...]