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What flower is this!

Yea!! Thank you all for having fun with me – in my garden! The answers to the post – “Guess What Flower” – thanks for playing!

Here are the answers to the “Guess What Flower





[one_half_last]Potato PlantPotato Plant[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Tomato Plant blossomTomato Plant[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lemon Tree BlossomLemon Blossom[/one_half_last]

I will post the winners on Monday!

Have a happy gardening weekend!

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Front bed makeover and patience!

Confession time – In this post, I told you about my big plans for re-doing the front bed, just to the side of my back entrance door. I got as far as ripping out the tree, moving the shade loving plants to the back shade garden and then … well I made lots of plans. And then I researched all sorts of plants, watched DVDs, read magazines, bought more books. And after all that I decided I was just not able to do it all by myself. I got Kathryn from Lavender & Thyme to come and help me with it and today was the day things got planted.

It doesn’t look like much at all at the moment. Little plants. I can’t even really see the vision of it yet in my mind, but I trust Kathryn and she understands what I want here, so now we wait and see. The bed has exactly eight months to settle down and grow, because I hope that by the time my Mom visits in November (from Germany) that this will look pretty and be flowering … it needs to flower specially for her! ♥

So here are the photos and a list of the plants used.

[one_half]Before (4 March 2011)Before: With the tree[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Today after planting (22 March 2011)After planting - 22 March 2011[/one_half_last]

The Plants Used:

The plants used are three Standard Roses – Iceberg; Heliotropium ‘Royal Marine’; Gaura lindheimerii – Pink; Gaura lindheimerii (white) – Angel Wings; Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’. She left a narrow row of the Tulbaghia violacea (because aphids hate them so they will hopefully help to keep the roses protected somewhat), we left the Star Jasmine on the trellises and two wild irises were left from before.

Plant Photographs:

[one_half]Iceberg Rose StandardIceberg Rose Standard[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’Duranta 'Sheena's Gold'[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Gaura lindheimerii – PinkGaura lindheimerii - Pink[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gaura lindheimerii (white) – Angel WingsGaura lindheimerii (white) - Angel Wings[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Heliotropium ‘Royal Marine’Heliotropium 'Royal Marine'[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Update on 25 AprilUpdate on 25 April 2011 - one month later[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Progress – photo taken 28 May 201125 May 2011[/one_half]

Now I wait (patiently!) for everything to grow …

I found this lovely quote today which reminds me that I now need to be patient …

“You need patience to be a good gardener. If you don’t have patience, and you stick with gardening, it will teach you patience.” – Bill Turull Jr.

Happy gardening!

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Gardening and Macro Photography

At long last I received the Macro lens for the camera and what a learning experience this is going to be! No quick point-and-shoot photos anymore, this is a whole new experience and I obviously have lots I need to learn. I’m not a good photographer at the best of times (strictly a happy-snapper!) so photography with a macro lens is going to be quite a learning curve for me. I thought I’d share the first photographs I’ve managed to take. They didn’t turn out too badly but I have to be honest and say that of the nine photos I’m happy to share and publish on the blog, there are about ninety that are awful … so clearly I have to experiment and learn how to do this properly!

So here we are, my first Macro Photographs (click to enlarge):

[one_third]Strawberry Flower[/one_third]






[one_third]Aphids on rose[/one_third]

[one_third]Pretty flowers[/one_third]



I really like the “Aphids on rose” photograph, but obviously I don’t like the aphids – I’m off to get rid of them now …

Happy gardening!

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Bragging about Roses

So I have to brag a bit here – thanks for the beautiful photograph entitled “Rose for you” that you sent me last night! Its beautiful – the rose and the photograph!

For our readers … the rose is from Barbie’s garden and she took the photograph with her new camera and new-found talent for photography. How beautiful is it? As a lover of roses it was the perfect e-gift for me! I’m such a novice gardener that I am frankly very wary of trying my hand at maintaining a rose bush in my garden so I often buy roses to put in vases in my house. Maybe one day I will feel confident enough to actually have one in my garden.

Have a wonderful gardening week!