Sep 20 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 21 comments

Lily Love

Salmon pink Asiatic Lily

What’s not to love about these lovely salmon pink Asiatic Lilies? They are easy to grow, thriving in a shaded position, putting on a splendid show now that the Azaleas having finished flowering. According to the books, Asiatic lilies are among the easiest to grow. They’re very hardy, need no staking, and are not particularly fussy about soil, as long as it drains well (although they do better if you add a […]

Sep 19 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Iris – flower for a Goddess


“Since Iris is the Greek goddess for the Messenger of Love, her sacred flower is considered the symbol of communication and messages. Greek men would often plant an iris on the graves of their beloved women as a tribute to the goddess Iris, whose duty it was to take the souls of women to the Elysian fields” ~ Hana No Monogatari: The Stories of Flowers Irises have always been my favourite flowers […]

Sep 17 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

September Foliage Follow up

Welcome! Join us for Foliage Follow-up

I took some time out today to take some photographs of the foliage in the garden to link up with Pam at Diggings for Foliage Follow Up.  “Foliage Follow Up” is a monthly gardening meme where Pam and other garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens on the 16th of the month. Please join Hercules and I as we stroll through the garden. It’s not just the flowers that […]

Sep 13 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 18 comments

Bugs eye view

It is amazing what we see through our eyes. But what if we could see through the eyes of a bug? It is of course impossible for humans to percieve what an insect sees, but we think that a compound eye, consisting of 2 to 20 000 lenses will project a sort of mosaic image. So our eyes are very sophisticated to see near and far, like we do. What an amazing […]

Sep 12 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 17 comments

Love in my garden

I stood on my deck this morning looking out into the garden and marvelled at all that has been achieved this past year and had 100 ideas of what I still want to do. I always thought that there was an end to what you do in a garden, once you have ‘landscaped it’. This, I have now learnt, is not so. There is continuous change, always new growth and even more […]

Sep 11 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 7 comments

Grass feature revisited

On the 5th of April, our great day trip to Elgin took us to Fairholme, where I bought all my grasses in my patch – well 90% of them. It is now 5 months later – whew, time flies – and the grass patch is still quite dormant – until yesterday! I was pleasantly surprised to see that the dry tufts of Panicum virgatum and Miscanthus are finally showing signs of life. […]

Sep 04 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 39 comments

All about Change – the Azalea bed, then and now

The way it looks today

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.  ~ Author Unknown I’ve long hung on to the overgrown trees I inherited in my garden, believing that excessive cutting back or pruning would change things radically. I was wary of changing things too much. Mostly, I was wary of losing my fiercely guarded privacy. You see, I’m a very private person, reclusive some will tell you. And mostly, I liked it that way. […]

Sep 02 2011 by in Annuals, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 27 comments

The first Asiatic Lily and other Joys of Spring

First Oriental Lily in bloom

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom” – Terri Guillemets Plant, care, watch, wait, stand back and admire … repeat. How immensely satisfying it is to plant a bulb, seed or seedling and watch it develop and finally bloom. Had I known all this 30 years ago I may well have made very […]

Sep 01 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Happy Spring Day

The 1st of September has arrived! To you my gardening buddy and to all our friends out there – HAPPY SPRING DAY!! I am so excited that it has finally arrived. Who would ever have guessed that Spring would be such a special season for me!! I used to see it come and go, enjoying the colours and the flowers but now – with the Gardening Blog  and my gardening friend – […]

Aug 26 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 27 comments

Bulbalicious Beauties on this Fabulous Friday

The gorgeous Freesias

I thought I’d share some of the beautiful blooms being produced in my garden by the bulbs I planted back in April. It’s only the start of the blooms and I’m loving them! My favourites right now are the gorgeous Freesias that are providing a bright splash of yellow to an otherwise uninteresting corner in the back garden. They seem to light up the whole area with their bright yellow flowers and […]