Friday 28 May 2010

Farm garden tour - Part 2

I left you, a week ago now, stranded at the front entrance to our farm garden. I'm sorry - my garden tours are never speedy. Welcome!

On your right is the first of a few Manchurian pears, beautiful in spring bloom ...

... and equally spectacular in the autumn.

Look back for a moment to see this:

The front path runs right along the north side of the house. Prepare yourself for roses!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know of my rose obsession, particularly David Austins. Have a look here if you don't believe me!

These are the roses along the front of the house, in full and glorious bloom. We curse these roses every winter at pruning time, but by spring they are well and truly forgiven.

And looking back to the archway you have just walked through. I have tried to create a wide perennial bed along the front of the house.

The garden opens up at this point to a lawn ...

... which looks across to a stand of lemon scented gum trees. These trees catch the warm light of the setting sun each afternoon.

These trees are positioned so that from the front door, I can see the paddocks beyond the garden. I can also see right down the driveway to the mailbox - critical when I am expecting fabric in the post! Pour yourself a little late Friday afternoon champagne at this point and enjoy the view! Back soon x

Friday 21 May 2010

Farm garden tour - Part I

I promised some time ago to dig up some photos of our farm garden to show you.

Please note that these photos are the best of the thousands I have taken over the years. It doesn't always look this good! 

Let me take you on a little tour - it could take a few posts! We'll start at the front drive.

Chinese liquidambers are planted either side of the drive, to eventually create an avenue that you will drive through. I use strawberries as a groundcover down the drive - pretty and productive! There are rows of agapanthus behind the strawberries.

And yes, I planted three deodar cedars as the focal point at the end of the drive ... hmm, thinking that was a mistake. These trees can be massive! Groundcover in this photo is a 'tough as nails' cream gazania.

The driveway kicks around to the left, to give a glimpse of the house.

To get an idea of the perspective, this is where you are, viewed from the roof of the house!

If you turn around and look back down the driveway, you see this:

You will notice as we meander around, that given the choice between a straight line and a curve, I will almost always choose a curve! Drives my Sweetness mad!! Walk a little further around the driveway, you will come across the garden entrance. The arbour is planted with potato vine & snail vine. Row of standard 'Iceberg' roses to the left.

The snail vine smells amazing in the summer. Unfortunately the meat ants agree with me and entering the garden can be a little hazardous at times! But it is worth braving the ants for this beauty.

So here we are at the front entrance. Haven't travelled far, have we?! I might leave you with the heady fragrance of the snail vine for a bit, and come back later to continue the tour. Mind the ants!

Friday 14 May 2010

I could tell you, but then I'd have to shoot you!

Just dropping in to say 'hi' and let you know that, despite my absence from this blog, I have been stitching my little fingers off.

I know 'sneak peeks' are inordinately frustrating. Let me assure you, I am as frustrated about not being able to share my work with you as you may well be! But what fun I have had! Stitching with vibrant 'Hope Valley' ...

... basking in the privilege of working with some gorgeous pre-release Moda ...
... and combining some rustic linen with 3 Sisters 'Martinique'.
I am off tomorrow to spend the weekend with my lovely 'Club Quilt' friends. Having moved away from them two years ago, I still miss their company & inspiration like crazy. Looking forward to a catching up with their news, having lots of laughs and eating ridiculous amounts of luscious food I really don't need! Hope your weekend is looking as promising. Best wishes, Bloom x

Friday 7 May 2010

Awww, but I AM doing the washing ...

Kona solids washed & ready ...
... for more of these, Paintbox quilt-a-long blocks:
Kona solids are hard to come by in Australia. I have purchased mine from Fabric Shack. The staff are very helpful, willing to do 1/8 yard cuts (!) and manage to get a whopping 9 yards of fabric in an International envelope.
"Muuum, I'm out of clean undies again." Hmmm, must go ... !

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished

Life in the Bloom household has been so madly busy this week that I really feel the need to go for a walk in the sunshine & enjoy a little peace amongst some flowers. Since this day is all but over & darkness has descended, it will have to be a virtual walk! Care to join me? Let's walk down here ...
I took these photos a couple of weeks ago in my local Botanic Gardens. Being late Autumn, there are not a lot of blooms to be found. But I did stumble upon a dahlia patch.
Giant, spiky ones ...
Cute pom-pom, button ones ...
Serene & simple ones, tinged faintly with pink ...
Ooooh, and a bee's bottom!
The camellia's are unfurling their plump buds ...
... to reveal a golden boss of stamens.
I have no clue what this little pink beauty is, but she sure is pretty!
And then around the corner is a beautiful collection of salvias. These are for you Annie!
Soothing blues and purples ...
... and a seldom seen yellow.
"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves". ~ John Muir
Ahhh, that's better. Everything seems better after a turn about a garden, virtual or not! Peace descends. The night is quiet ... before the chaos that will be morning!
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