a love of flowers

I love flowers! Our lives mimic theirs with birth, opening, fulfilment, beauty and death.

My daughter gave me a beautiful bunch for Mothers Day. I met the florist half way to our gate as he delivered mid morning on Sunday. How amazing is that! What a wonderful gift.

I have watched them change all week and am sharing some moments with you.

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Oh……. the scent that invaded the cottage was delightful!

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I couldn’t pick a favourite. Thank you for my week of flowers Shae.

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May beauty abound in your life.

Thank you ‘Powers that Be’ ….for flowers!

Mirri

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spring morning in the garden

Love the mornings after a 12 degree night …….. and warming to a 25 degree day. I took a wander into the garden this morning just to spot a few of the flutterbys that have been hovering over the new blossoms. We have an abundance of insects this spring and I’m sure this will be followed by an abundance of chewed foliage. One has to see the good in this! This will be a great season for the birds! They keep me amused each morning by squabbling with each other over who owns the fruit on the fig next to my deck………more time spent eating and less time vying my feathered friends.

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Step off the steps….well I haven’t quite decided what to call the rocks that lead to the deck other than ‘watch where you put your feet’…… and you meet purple. Love these little fellas! I do not profess to know the names of the plants in my garden and I am happy with that!

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Then on to the next…..you don’t mess with this fellow, though he is showing ‘mower messing’. I had no idea he would get this large so quickly! I do apologise profusely to him for the odd nudge.

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Then on down the drive to some more purple and green.

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How delicate, and had to fight off the native bees to take this one.                      garden spring 016

Then another giant or two to avoid getting friendly with. I love these structural plants.

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On to the wood lost in the blow earlier this year, seasoning for next Winter, and the first flowers of my eucalyptus. Oh yes, my poles add colour to the garden too. This one tells a story of the first travellers to this garden.

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What can I say. Spring mornings are beautiful in my garden. Enjoy your garden too this Spring – every moment in every day you have to walk bare feet on the earth.

Love Mirri

open a ‘book’ garden

Are you like me? I ponder over garden books for hours and dream about all sorts of wonderful changes I can make to my garden. A trellis would look nice there, and I can make up a piece of sculpture from those old shovels in the shed (just a quick lesson needed on how to use a welder of course), or perhaps I could do a pottery day with Fried Mud studio! My vegie garden is a little over-grown, but I’m sure it will look great when I clean it and plant the Winter crop! The options are endless. My available energy to manage 2 acres is not! I love my garden and I thought you might like a photo just to confirm my musings! I live in the most beautiful spot in the Blackall Ranges, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and if anyone is interested this garden is for sale!

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I have come to realise that sometimes I am much better just ‘dream’ gardening in a book, tucked up in bed with the fire going on a Winter’s day. What an adventure one can have!

Books of good quality and gardening magazines can be expensive, and, at the rate I ‘book garden’, I would be poor! There is also a need to store them and if I am going to collect anything, it will be a book or magazine! After many years of moving home and garden, I have decided to cull my magazine collection down to my beloved ‘Country Style’, ‘Tropical Gardening’, ‘Sanctuary’ and a few more “green” mags. I have convinced my family I am well on my way to saving money and cupboard space. I have even considered buying a tablet so as to cull further, but I love the feeling of paper in my hands, covered in beautiful pictures and inspiring words. Something has been lost in the computer screen visual! My daughter attempted to reason that I have a laptop to read from but I argued a tablet would be much more like holding a book. She sighed! Would you like another peak at my garden?Image

Allow yourself to dream. Garden in a good book. Too expensive you say! I use my local library to keep up to date with the latest magazines and garage sales are great to buy old editions at pocket money prices. Plants never go out of date and you can take all the time in the world to enjoy those great photos over a cuppa and cake.

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Just imagine the money you will save to buy your new seedlings when you do get that plot prepared, and if you can’t get out to dig in the soil, it’s too hot, chilly or wet, be still, grab a cuppa, cuddle a pillow, relax and allow yourself a personal moment to dream.Image

Tell yourself you deserve these moments  and open a ‘book’ gardenImage

smell the roses!

Mirri