When I was growing up my father owned a wholesale nursery, which he operated on a part time basis from our backyard. My mother was and still is, at the age of 95, an active and avid gardener. So I suppose gardening is in my genes.
Most of the things I show you are sewing related, but when I'm not sewing or blogging, more often than not, I can be found out in the garden. Today I thought I'd show you around our backyard.
Both Mr TMW and I enjoy walking around our rather large block (¾ acre), but Mr TMW doesn't count gardening as one of his hobbies. For me, it's a passion!!! He'll happily do heavy work - constructing paths or moving things, but he dislikes re-doing things. The upside of this, is that I pretty much get to design the gardens however I want.
The black plastic is a bit of an experiment. In theory, it will remain for six months and when removed (and stored for future use), the ground will be devoid of weeds. We'll see if this works better than my usual method of chipping weeds out and mulching heavily. The plan is to extend a path and plant either side with deciduous trees, which will one day form an archway.
As you can imagine, with our hot Summer weather (41ºC ~ 106ºF yesterday), managing water is a priority. Everything is heavily mulched and we supplement the town water with rain water and treated wastewater.
We are fortunate to live in a semi rural district, with our neighbours to the front and the back providing us with spectacular views of their farmland.
Back to sewing next post...
Wow your garden is amazing. I garden too but on such a smaller scale than this!! Looking very lush for AustraliaReplyDelete
What a gorgeous garden Pam! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your lovely garden. In the dead of winter here, I am longing to see my garden and flowers.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Thelma. I can't imagine not being able to see my garden all year round.Delete
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden with us. It's no wonder you are such a sewing whiz, with all that invigorating yet relaxing greenery to gaze at out every window. Nature's inspiration is amazing!ReplyDelete
Your garden is really lovely, Pam, thank you for sharing it!! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Sheila.Delete
That's not a garden, it's park land! Wow, I am so impressed. I have a really small yard. If I can keep the grass growing, I think I'm golden. Just beautiful, Pam. I particularly love the little water-filled bowl with grass. A little piece that packs a big decorating punch.ReplyDelete
Your black plastic should surely do the trick. It's a much easier way if you have the patience to wait.
Your yard and gardens are beautiful, Pam, and how very blessed you are to have your mother at 95 still able to get out and do some gardening! Amazing. I so very much enjoyed your lovely post with the blooms and greenery since it has been quite damp, cold and windy here in South Carolina. Can you imagine, there is even a hurricane brewing in the Atlantic right now? A very unusual occurence for January here!ReplyDelete
I am amazed at the beauty you show us, do you also grow some herbs or fruit in your garden ? mirjamReplyDelete
You have a very big garden space!! I have tried many times from seeds and somehow got good results as well considering that I am an amateurish gardener. I have only potted plants and over the years seeing beautiful gardens on blogland, I increased mine too. Now, I am not able to manage at all:(ReplyDelete
So glad I got to see another beautiful part of your world. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I love your garden! It looks like a lovely place to wander or to sit in reading a book or spending time with friends/family. One day, I hope to have a space like that.ReplyDelete
Wow Pam what a gorgeous garden! I especially love that plumeria in the last photo. I love the scent of plumeria and the pretty flowers in yellow or pink. I only have seen them growing in Hawaii. You live in beautiful spot.ReplyDelete
Your garden is beautiful, I love that you have so many trees, and I'm guessing that must be good for shade with you in those temperatures. I've done the black plastic and found it's worked well, so fingers crossed for you. You must have worked so hard over the years to create what you have from nothing. Do you grow any vegetables or is it more flowers generally? And definitely throw us in a garden post every now and then, I need a bit of a gardening fix regularly during our Winter!ReplyDelete
What a coincidence - the colour of the flower in your last picture, is the colour of our yard ... and driveway ... and porch steps!!! I suspect our white is a lot colder than yours, though, lol! Hard decision - gardening and sewing, or sewing and gardening - you poor thing! ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us , it looks like a park and would be a wonderful place to spend the day . Just gorgeous !ReplyDelete
Oh it is so beautiful :) I can not wait to see flowers again ..ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays
Your garden is beautiful! And your mother sounds amazing...wow 95 and gardening? How wonderful that you share the same interest with your mother. Love the plumeria photo!ReplyDelete
Lovely garden. I live in Queensland and we are suffering now from lack of water, even though we have a water bore on the property that we use on our large garden. Mu husband is very much into the 'vegetable' thing, so that garden receives a lot of attention.ReplyDelete