Archive : 30 day challenge

Dec 02 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 7 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 30

Solanum Rantonnetii

Today I am grateful for “The Gardening Blog”. When Barbie and I first started this blog in January this year we thought we had gardens and knew what we were doing.  So we started a “gardening blog”. Seems rather funny now because when we look back we realise that we had very little knowledge and pretty basic gardens that were nothing very special. Finding things to blog about every day opened our [...]

Dec 01 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 5 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 29

Salvia

Today I am grateful for the sense of achievement and the thrill of success I derive from gardening. Planting a seed, seedling or young plant and watching it grow until it reaches its potential is indeed very gratifying and watching a garden grow is extremely rewarding for me. From a patch of weeds overshadowed by overgrown trees I am slowly converting the space around my house into a beautiful garden. Gardening this [...]

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

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 28

Freesias

Today I am grateful for Time to stop and smell the roses (and all the other wonderful scents in my garden). Having the Time to spend in my garden is a wonderful luxury. I haven’t always had time to do the things that give me pleasure and today I am extremely grateful that at this time in my life I actually have found the time to spend in my garden almost whenever [...]

Nov 29 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 5 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 27

Jasminum Polyanthum

Today I am grateful for all the tools and gadgets that make gardening easy and fun – without all my gardening tools I’d really be stuck! How would we cope without spades and rakes, hoes and watering cans, hose-pipes and wheel barrows, buckets and secateurs, loppers, bulb dibber and … there are so many tools I could not garden without. One “tool” on my wish-list which I don’t yet have is “Lawn [...]

Nov 28 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 26

Camellias

Today I am grateful for all my gardening books! I’ve always loved books and combining one hobby (gardening) with another (reading) has resulted in quite an impressive library of gardening books. Its great reading fiction on an E-reader like Kindle or on the i-Pad, but when it comes to gardening and plants, there is nothing that compares to paging through glossy books filled with wonderful photographs of plants, flowers and trees to [...]

Nov 27 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 25

Louisiana Iris

Today I am grateful that I am able to create a little haven for the birds in my area and that they help me with “pest control” in my rose garden. I have plenty of little Witoogies that visit daily and they apparently feed on aphids. I’ve been purposely NOT spraying my Roses with any of the “recommended” chemical sprays and the result has been very interesting – NO aphids since I [...]

Nov 26 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 24

Impatiens

Today I am grateful for my Best Gardening Buddy. Not only a gardening buddy but a lifelong best friend, Barbie and I have been through so much together. From playing together as kids to being Moms at the same time, sharing experiences (and clothes!) and all of life’s highs and lows. As we have matured, so have our interests and these days we’ve traded “club hopping” for “nursery shopping” and we are [...]

Nov 25 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 23

Hypoestes Aristata

Today I am grateful that gardening has taught me to be patient! I’ve always been a very impatient person, expecting everything to be done yesterday and wanting goals achieved in record time. Of course in the garden this just does not happen. Things take time … Mother Nature decides on the time frame in which things will grow (or not) and its been a very valuable lesson for me not to expect [...]

Nov 24 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 22

Murraya Exotica

Today I am grateful for all the new gardening knowledge I have filled my brain with this year. With gardening as a new hobby obsession, there has been much to learn. Starting with the basics on how to plant, soil composition and how to improve ones soil, composting, organic gardening methods, planting, pruning, propagation, pests and diseases, fertilisation, lawns and watering to the fun side of gardening, landscaping and design! And I’ve [...]

Nov 23 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 21

Tibouchina

Today I am grateful for the kindness of other gardeners and the camaraderie we share. I’ve been through many phases in life and never in all my years have I experienced such generosity of spirit as I have from gardeners the world over. Offers to send seeds, willingness to share knowledge, giving of their time to advise and gifts of cuttings and surplus plants … I have not experienced such generosity in [...]