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Flowers for my Mom

As I was pottering around my garden today I had the sweetest childhood memory of being a very young child (must have been before school-going age), picking flowers and giving them to my Mom which always made her smile. And so it is today, my lovely, supportive Mom is probably my gardens’ biggest fan and often I catch myself thinking “Mami will love this!” when I spot a new flower in the garden or find a lovely plant at a nursery. A lot of what I plant is in anticipation of the joy I know it brings to her when she reads this blog, all the way in Germany!

So today’s floral show is just for you Mami! Thank you for all your love and support and mostly, thank you for being my Mom!

First the Tulips I picked for you …

[one_half]Yellow Tulips[/one_half]


[one_half]Todays Tulip[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lovely Tulip[/one_half_last]

[one_half]3 Tulips[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tulips in the vase[/one_half_last]

And a few other “Pretty’s” in the garden today


[one_half_last]Angel's Trumpet[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Ranunculus white[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ranunculus pink[/one_half_last]

[one_half]More cinerarias[/one_half]


All my love

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Proud of my Camellias

Well this was a first for me … today a friend I had not seen in a few weeks “ooohed”  and “aahed” about my Camellias and complimented me on my garden! It was a great moment. My lovely daughter is always enthusiastic and Barbie, bless you, you always say lovely things about the garden and I know you both mean it – but when a friend who has little interest in gardening told me today how lovely everything looks and stopped in front of the newly blossoming Camellias and said “wow, what lovely glossy leaves and beautiful flowers” … well, I felt so proud and happy!



[one_half]More prettiness[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My favourite one[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Much more of the pretty[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And then some of the glossy[/one_half_last]

And the Camellias really are show-stoppingly gorgeous right now. Only three of my +/- 25 Camellias have started flowering and they really are giving us a wonderful show. A beautiful red and two different pinks are flowering in the front garden. One small shrub (the red) and two very large shrubs are covered in flowers. It has been a lot of work keeping them in tip-top shape and bug free. Aphids have been at them throughout the summer and its required bi-weekly inspections and washing off of pests and now we have these lovely healthy blooms. What a joy!

I’ve just read this: Aphids are attacked by a number of natural enemies including ladybug beetles and small wasps. I was wondering why I have so many wasps in my garden …

Happy gardening and I wish you a “blooming good week”!