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Hello Summer

It’s the end of November and on Saturday we slip into Summer and the start of the festive season … where did this year go?

As the working year slowly draws to a close I am, at last, finding more time to spend in the garden. I’m delighting in the fact that many of my plants are finally leaping … Star jasmine is in full flower and the scent is wonderful all over the front garden. There is hardly a bare patch to be seen and the lawn is slowly coming back to its summer splendour. Slowly. And not without a huge effort. But it is worth it when it looks all lush and green, like a little carpet in the mass of plants at the back. Areas I focussed on last year, like the back left corner garden, are full of happy plants about to burst into bloom. The Agapanthus are looking great this year, and all my grasses are coming back strongly after their spring cut back.

Here’s a quick look around at some of my favourite spots.

[one_half]Petunias and Star jasmine leapingPetunias and Star jasmine leaping[/one_half]

[one_half_last]This corner was a “project” last summerThis corner was a "project" last summer[/one_half_last]

[one_third]The new bird houseThe new bird house looks lovely[/one_third]

[one_third]New grasses are coming upThe new grasses are coming up[/one_third]

[one_third_last]This Dahlia is taller than meThe massive Dahlia is taller than me[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Newly planted to replace struggling GardeniasNewly planted to replace the struggling Gardenias[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And a mass of flowers in the Rose bedAnd a mass of flowers in the Rose bed[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Jasmine climbing up the treeJasmine climbing up the tree[/one_third]

[one_third]In the pond …In the pond ...[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Thunbergia Alata (new)Thunbergia Alata (new)[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Solanum jasminoides behind the DahliaSolanum jasminoides behind the Dahlia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A deep dark shade spot full of greeneryA deep dark shade spot full of greenery[/one_half_last]

After the trellis in the front garden “Gardenia bed” collapsed I decided it was time to redo that bed. The last few weeks I’ve been busy digging up the struggling Gardenias and painting the walls (yes I did have help :)), and then I planned, purchased and planted up the new bed. I’ll do a post about it soon, but the preview is above.

Happy Gardening
xxx

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

11 replies on “Hello Summer”

I love how your garden just enjoys it when you start digging 🙂 it is looking so amazing – this is the LEAP year! The star jasmine is the STAR of the garden, I think! Like a waterfall of flowers. My garden is struggling with the wind and I have a few collapsed plants to attend to this week. Lots to do!

It looks wonderful, like a garden in one of those glossy magazines. We are heading into winter here so its all grey and brown therefore seeing your bright and shiny garden makes me feel a lot better. I like the way your jasmine climbs up the tree, I wonder if I could do that here.

When I saw your title I had to stop over! It’s so encouraging to visit your warm-weather blog when we’re beginning the really cold days here. I’m glad you’re finding time to work in your garden. Your hard work really shows! I’d love to have you join the “Lessons Learned” meme, too. It’s fun to compare during the various seasons. Happy summer!

I am loving the leaping go in your garden…I will have a Seasonal Celebrations post up Saturday…I would love to have you and Barbie participate as you slip into a new season…..summer!

BTW I adore jasmine and am so jealous of how beautiful it looks…I can smell it all the way here 🙂

Donna, I will definitely be taking part in Seasonal Celebrations – Just waiting for the strong winds to die down so I can take some photos 🙂

It is so lovely to see summer in your garden as we slip into winter! Makes me think of things to come here rather than getting stuck inwinter mode. I love those huge white pots, they are stunning, I couldn’t quite see what is planted in them. Christina

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