Design

Apr 27 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Back garden highlighted

Back Garden areas 08

Hi Chris, I have been busy with planting and cleaning and creating and just enjoying the back area of my garden. I know that I have these silent moments where no one knows where I am and what I’m up to – even my hubby looks for me…… I am in my garden. I have become very close to my garden again, now that the time has come to reawaken and refresh [...]

Apr 08 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Grasses highlighted – 1st anniversary

Panicum Virgatum

I have been asked a few times by many to put together a more detailed post on the Grass Feature in my front garden. It is one of my very special places in my garden and takes pride of place (ok – the veggie patch is still the number one!) This is the month of its 1st Anniversary, so we can really go back and see how it looked 1 year ago. [...]

Apr 02 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 9 comments

Creating a meadow

Meadow 11

Christine’s last post with her beautiful field of Anemones got me totally inspired! The idea of a meadow brings to my mind the memory of childhood in my family’s back garden. Tall grasses and sunshine and the smell of wild flowers! My Dad used to make hamburgers on the grill and my Mom set the picnic table with a checkered table cloth and paper plates! And then … when I was reading [...]

Mar 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

From my back deck

My Deck 02

One of my favourite places is my back deck. It is an extra-ordinary place that we enjoy both in summer and winter. We laze around in hammocks in summer and love to wrap up with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy the cooler days. It welcomes the stray bird that looks for shelter or the mommy mouse who comes knocking on my back door for a crust of bread. It reaches [...]

Mar 04 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Let’s throw stones

Stones 11

I have wanted to complete my garden for years with the final throwing of stones on the paths around my house. We have finally completed this daunting task. We have imagined this task to be an enormous monster so it has taken us 3 years to pluck up enough courage. I had to prepare the paths for “the big stone path project” for the past 3 years – re-weeding every winter and [...]

Dec 05 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 11 comments

The Gardening Journal in the News

Mags 01a

It has been such a fun year getting our project  - The Gardening Journal  - from an idea to a published book! The layout and the designing! The printing and its own great website! It has been just as fun using it while planning our gardens month-by-month – watching what grows! Up until now, The Gardening Journal has been really only given to friends and family to use and recommend. Then we [...]

Nov 17 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, | 11 comments

Pattern and Texture

Texture of stones, pattern in the layout

Donna from Garden Walk, Garden Talk is again hosting her fortnightly “Word for Wednesday” meme – this time the word is Texture. Well actually, its two words this week, Pattern and Texture. I don’t often take part in this meme because the quality of the photography and writing of the participants is intimidating, but this week the theme intrigued me. Donna’s post was incredibly informative and I learnt a lot (Donna is [...]

Nov 13 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Grasses revisited

Calamagrostis

I have been slack with my blog posts of late – not because I’m not in the garden and taking photos, its because work has me tied to the computer all day! I spend every spare moment in the garden and at every opportunity, I have my camera with me. So the photo library is full, I just have to take time now and tell you whats been happening. Have a look [...]

Oct 25 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening | 8 comments

Patchwork patio herbs

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Hi there! Wanted to keep you updated on the growings in my back garden. The patchwork herbs are looking and tasting great!  I have celery, thyme (assorted), mint, oreganum, and lemon balm. Look my thyme is flowering! I’m sorry for the quickie post, but it’s late and I need to get some sleep! Happy Gardening and I’ll be back xxxx

Oct 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 11 comments

Before and after continued ..

october new33

Thank you all for the interest shown in the Before and After! of my front garden. As promised, I have taken the latest photos of the back garden today, so now I can show you the big changes! The Back Garden BEFORE: It was a ruined area, the chickens had taken over the back garden and as any chicken owner knows – I’ve learnt – they scratch and peck until it is pretty much [...]