30 Day Challenge

Nov 13 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 7

Rain November 11

Today, I am grateful for Rain! Today it rained! It is a precious gift from the sky and something we need to harvest and use wisely, we do not know when the day will come when we will be without! I love the sound of rain on my tin roof and the colour of the garden when the rains have just been. It cleans the air and revives the plants. There is [...]

Nov 13 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 11

Dianthus

Today I am grateful for family and friends. There is a saying that goes “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow”. I think it’s a proverb, but wherever it comes from, Family and Friends are there always there for you when things go wrong or life deals you a blow. For all those special people in my life, I am extremely grateful (not just today, but every [...]

Nov 12 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 6

Beetroot

Today, I am grateful for patience! It is one of the great gifts of life and one of the qualities that we strive for, but not always achieve! I believe it comes with maturity and not necessarily with age! I have watched my garden transform and change and without patience, I would have not been as successful with it! I have patiently watched the seeds take root and then inspect the first [...]

Nov 12 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 10

Jasminum polyanthum

Today I am grateful for the scent and perfume of flowers and plants. I marvel at the range of smells that I enjoy as I walk through the garden at all times of day. Walking past the rose bed I smell the sweet fragrance of Alyssum, also much-loved by the bees, the delicate smell of my roses, the Frangipani tree that fills the spring evenings with its oriental notes and the strong [...]

Nov 11 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 6 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 5

Harmony Potatoes from my garden

Today I am grateful for my hands! There is little I can do in my garden without my hands. I would have no way of touching and feeling the soil, delicately moving small seedlings and digging out beautiful baby potatoes like I did this morning. How grateful I am that I have these amazing tools to create and build what ever I want in my garden.   About the 30 Day Challenge [...]

Nov 11 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 5 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 9

Philodendron buds

Today I am grateful for the surprises my garden gives me. As a new gardener I am constantly amazed at the surprises my garden provides … from unexpected buds to getting something right, it feels like Christmas whenever I find something new and unexpected in the garden. Like finding buds on the Abutilon (planted from a cutting), seeing my Hydrangea come back to life after pruning (for two years its been a [...]

Nov 10 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 1 comment

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 4

october21

This morning I was up early with the chickens and had a wander around in my garden…. I found my first edible blueberry! So, I am grateful today for being able to use my sense of taste in my garden! Oh the sweetness of that blueberry – and it came from my garden. I look around me and see so many, many fruits and plants I have that I will be able [...]

Nov 10 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 8

Asiatic Lily

Today I am grateful for being able to grow beautiful flowers I can cut from the garden and bring into my home. I’ve always loved having fresh flowers in a vase in my home … maybe more than one vase full at a time. Now that I am growing beautiful flowers in my own garden, cutting flowers to bring inside is something I do all the time and it gives me great [...]

Nov 09 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 3

30 Day Challenge 03

Today, I am grateful for colour. There are times I am blown away by the choice of colours that nature combines. Who would have put purple and orange together or green and yellow? But the beauty of mother nature is that she has not learned it from a book or was told by the Arts teacher at school what colours go together and which do not! I have also broken out of [...]

Nov 09 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 7

Bee on the crab apple

Today I’m grateful that gardening connects me with nature. Its all to easy to forget about the simple pleasures of nature when your face is glued to a computer screen all day, every day, as mine is. Having a garden that needs attention forces me outside into the fresh air where I get to enjoy the many wonders of owning a garden. And I’m not just referring to the plants, although those [...]