I have been having so much fun learning about my awesome new camera that I thought it would be nice to show you around our garden.
I was thrilled to get what looks like a shimmer effect on the petals, so pretty. Honestly wasn’t my intention but I am proud all the same. I hope you can pick it up now that I have reduced the size of the photo.
Here is Pete’s favourite birds eye chilli bush. When we left for Mauritius, the garden was full of these little bushes that produce the most colourful fruit. They start off purple then turn orange and finally red when they are ready for harvesting. Sadly we returned to one lonesome little bush. Pete has just recently dried some seed and has sowed them into pots, so we should have baby bushes soon.
I think this is a paper bark acacia (you will soon learn that my garden knowledge is somewhat limited). We got the seed from our neighbour a few years back and it grew most successfully in a pot – Pete has serious green fingers or thumbs, never know which is the right terminology. We transplanted it next to the drive and whilst we were doing the island thing, it had the most peculiar growth. It grew a sturdy trunk which has been cut right down (now stands bare) and the tree has sprouted from around the base of the trunk. It is very unique. I will try get a shot of the whole tree to share with you.
I was really lucky to get this pic as this flower usually gets taken out by the weed eater. I am sure I could have captured a sharper image but the wind was blowing quite a bit – well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. Do you possibly know what it is?
I have never noticed just how many of these bauble thingies are on the conifers. They remind me of spiders nests – not a pleasant thought!
This is a new development on the base of our one yellow wood trees – I hope it isn’t diseased. It appears to be very healthy, so I have decided that it just had a quick growth spurt and burst it’s bark seams.
Aah, we are inundated with loads of wasps nests/hives all around the garden and house. I hope that if I leave them alone that they will leave us alone. These fellows were frantically flapping their wings, to cool the hive possibly? It looked like they were mating too, so I’m not too sure what that was all about.
Our little baby was stalking leaves that were blowing around the garden. She was having so much fun dashing from one end of the garden to the other – attacking a leaf and destroying it in a couple of seconds before moving onto the next one and then all too soon was terribly bored with the whole affair and went to nap.
This here is the result of Pete “pruning” the conifers. I have been told they will take a l o n g time to fill if at all – oh dear. I am nearly over the ordeal, not quite but nearly.
We always seem to get the most odd shaped chillies – it is quite a rarity to get a smooth skinned “normal” looking chilli. I wonder if it has something to do with sun and shade?
Finally, these two snails decided to take up residence on either side of the marker in our tomato pot. I wonder if they knew about each other?
Thank you for taking a walk around the garden with me. I will share more photos once I have improved my photographic skills.
Have a happy day. 🙂
What a fun tour of your garden Mandy! I loved it. Your photos are fantastic. Aren’t awesome camera’s the best?! My favorite picture is of your little baby stalking the leaves. He just looks so cute. 🙂
Thanks for taking a walk around with me Kristy. I am having the world of fun with my camera – still loads to learn but I’m getting there. Our little baby could get away with murder just by being as cute as she is. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Wow, Mandy! Your photos are really quite good! Thanks for taking us on the tour. It will be some time before I’ll be walking about in a garden and seeing yours is a reminder of good things to come. Have a great day!
Hi John, thank you for your very kind words. I am so pleased you came along for the walk. Have an awesome weekend. 🙂
Wow, I hope you will share more photo’s soon – nothing wrong with your photographic skills. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Douglas, thanks for stopping by. I have been having so much fun that I have scheduled another post for Wednesday next week! Have a super weekend. 🙂
Obviously, you are learning quicky how to use that Awesome Camera!
& I love love love your kitty cat :)) Meowwwww. xxxxx
Kim, you are too kind, thank you! I will give kitty a snuggle from you. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂
That snail picture is AMAZING!
Thanks Tandy! Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂
I loved the tour, your photos are gorgeous and I love the story with each one.
With the top photo, you can click onto it and it brings the image up in a larger size on another page and the shimmer effect is amazing. Great shots!
HI MDT, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by. Thank you too for your very kind and encouraging words. Good to know about opening the pics. Have a super day. 🙂
Snap! I’ve also been taking pics in the garden 🙂 My lens that came with the camera has broken and I’ve had to send it back to my parents in England cos I bought the camera there, so I had to go out and buy another lens and I’m stuggling with it, I really need to go on a course. In answer to your question we got the meat on special at a Spar here in Pmb they also had fillet at R99.00 so we stocked up!
Great Minds Sue! Oh no, how horrible about your lens! Hope your folks can send back a new one soon. I would also love to go on a course – I can get a little lost reading the manuals. Just a thought in my vast camera knowledge (NOT) – your lens isn’t by any chance set on MF instead of AF?
Now, if I could just get myself to your Spar!
Have a super weekend. 🙂
I love the photos in the tour of your garden… they are great! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Mands! Have a super weekend. 🙂
It was so fun to see your photos from skipping about the garden with your new treasured camera in hand! What an exotic garden you have!! And I love the different types of photos you took.. super macro/close up and then further out.. your little cat is adorable, by the way!
Thanks for your kind words Smidge, I am pleased you joined my for a walk around the garden. OUr little cat is just the sweetest thing as are our other 2. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Wonderful images. I think chilli plants are so beautiful. They look so enticing but then there’s that real sting!
I have been caught more than once with the sting of these fearsome little chillies Charlie. Have an awesome weekend. 🙂
Delightful. I really enjoy your posts. You are my kind of person!
Thanks Lizzy, you are too kind. I am thrilled that you enjoy my posts so much; you have made my weekend. 🙂
Ooh that was fun! Lovely to see, via your great photos, what is going on in your garden. Love the photo of your “baby” and yes, our chilis often do that too…it´s quirky, I quite like it.
Thanks Tanya, so pleased you enjoyed the walk around our garden. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Oh I hate wasps and bees. I am deathly afraid but the rest of the garden looks amazing and I can’t wait til spring arrives and all our flowers start blooming and I can get in the garden again!
Must say those wasps are quite intimidating so I stay well away. I hope your flowers start blooming soon Belle. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Mandy, it is such a fun walk around your garden. And it looks like you have a very beautiful garden. I have no idea you grow bird eyes chili! Do you use it in cooking as well?
Thanks Tes. I do use the chillies in some cooking – not too much but some. I do need to get a little bit more adventurous. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Thanks for the tour of your garden. I love the different perspectives of the snail, flowers and even your kitty in the garden. That new camera or maybe its new owner is really getting a handle on taking some great pictures… Take care, BAM
Thanks Bam for your very kind words. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Hi Mandy….I’m finally home and have the time to catch up with my friends in the blog-o-sphere.
Having a new camera is so much fun. I’ve been enjoying our as well, especially during my most recent trip.
Hi Jed, you have been taking the most incredible shots! Thanks for your kind words about mine. Have a super weekend. 🙂
WOW, what a spectacularly gorgeous garden. Loved all the photos!
Hi Joanne, thanks very much! Have an awesome weekend. 🙂
Thanks so much Greg! Have a great weekend. 🙂
What a wonderful and beautiful post, Mandy! Your images are gorgeous, as is your garden. I did see a little shimmer on the iris! You’re a brave woman to get that close to those wasps…not my fave thing. Just LOVED this tour and love your baby, too with that little tired paw stretched out…so sweet. Hope you have a terrific weekend! ~Betsy
Hi Betsy, thanks for your lovely compliment! Have a super week ahead. 🙂
Mandy, this is such a lovely outdoor space you have cultivated here! Thanks for sharing with me and everyone else. I aspire to have such a good looking garden this spring!
Thanks so much Georgia but the garden still needs a lot of work – never ending story I guess. Have a super week. 🙂
What lovely photos of your garden! I’ll admit–I’m a bit jealous. Wish I had the space for one. Hope you have a great weekend, Mandy! x
I do love having a garden Caroline, but it is continual upkeep so don’t be too jealous. Have a fantastic week ahead. 🙂 xo
I love the garden, it’s so nice and the two snails, how funny!
Thanks Jen. Those little snails are very funny. Have a great week. 🙂
Hi Mandy, thanks for your lovely posts, I realy enjoy them.
The name of the flower you are wanting is the Dietes,Wild Irises, it is indigenous, water wise and easy to grow.
The delicate flowers are carried on slender stems and are often yellow, blue or white, usually with yellow markings on three of the petals.
The flowers usually only last a few hours and new ones open each day.
The evergreen species are a very popular garden plants.
The corms of some spieces were once roasted or boiled and eaten by certain tribes. The corms of most other spieces are, however, very poisonous.
Hi Carol, thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words. Thank you too for the fabulous information about the flower! Wow, you are so knowledgeable! I love that they are indigenous too. Have a lovely week and hope to see you soon. 🙂
Your photos are lovely. I especially like the cute little snails pic. Never thought I would say that in my lifetime.
Thanks Geni – must say it is a very unique shot of two snails. Have a lovely week. 🙂
Love the photos! The cat is cute. 🙂
Now I’m off for those fig and yoghurt muffins !
Hi Maureen, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the muffins recipe. Have a super week. 🙂
Just look at your amazing garden. I can imagine you enjoying your strolls through the garden.. its just beautiful. I can’t wait to have a garden of my own :). Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos
Hi Kay, thanks for your lovely compliment. Have a super week. 🙂
You have a nice garden 😉 I have certainly enjoyed the trip with you through your garden.
Thanks Angie, I am so pleased you enjoyed the walk around. Have a lovely week. 🙂
Nice camera work. It is great fun to take pictures.
Thanks! I am loving taking photos at every opportunity although I really do need to buckle down and learn all that this fantastic camera has to offer. Enjoy your week ahead. 🙂
Mandy, Your photos are great. I can’t wait until we have our first spring flower buds popping open. Thanks for the tour
Thanks so much Karen! Have a happy week. 🙂
Arrrgh, snails! they’re the bane of my life in summer. They ate all the lettuce I tried to grow last year. What a lovely garden you have and I love your misshapen chillies. I can’t wait for spring as I want to try and do more gardening this year too.
We have really battled with snails this summer! They really are a pain and helped themselves to all of my lettuce too! Have a super week. 🙂
Beautiful garden and photos. I’m having a little computer trouble, and for some reason I can’t read the post in the gray font. I am certain it goes perfectly with the awesome photos…and your Garden says it all.
Oh no, sorry to hear you are having computer problems! Thank you for your lovely kind words! Have a happy week ahead. 🙂
MAndy, you’ve mastered all the camera settings so well in such a short time! Your photos are so beautiful! Thanks for the lovely and sunny garden tour. Can’t wait for the summer to get here!
Roxana, thank you for your very kind words. I still have quite a bit to learn so hope to impress you even more soon! Have a lovely week. 🙂
Fabulous photos, Mandy, the new camera seems to be working a treat. And yes, I can pick up the sheen on the iris petals! 🙂
Hi Celia, I am thrilled that you can see the sheen – yay! Have a great week. 🙂 xo
Lovely, lovely garden Mandy. I hope the wasps leave you alone too.
Thanks Brydie. They are quite fearsome those wasps! Have a lovely week. 🙂
Oh, Mandy… I think this is my favourite of all of your posts… one of the most fascinating things about blogging is getting a glimpse in to the lives of others who happen to live in vastly different parts of the world/climates – and what a tour this is for a Canadian buried under several feet of snow! Just gorgeous, inspiring and beautiful photography…Thanks Mandy; I need that! ;).
Kelly, thank you for your very kind and loving words! Sending you lots of summer warmth from sunny South Africa. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo
Your garden is lovely! It makes me excited for spring and summer 🙂 This is a great idea.
Hi Sydney, welcome and thanks for stopping by. It was great fun walking around the garden looking for things to photograph. Have a super week. 🙂
Mandy, thanks for sharing your stroll with us! Your photos are great and you catch the best shots. I miss being in a climate with the change of seasons and anticipation of budding plants and nature.
Hi Linda, thanks for your lovely compliment. I could quite easily live in a climate that skips winter and most of autumn too – that’s the biggest thing I miss about living in Mauritius. Have a great week ahead. 🙂
Mandy, I love your photography work. So beautiful! I usually take food and kids pictures… and not paying attention to nature (I used to be a nature person, what happened?!). Thanks for the inspiration!
I think your priorities just shifted a little bit when you had kids Nami. Your photography is always so beautiful! 🙂
Oh look at your beautiful garden and well done with the shots, I think your iris is my favourite and second are the snails. In fact snails are hard to catch and they move out of the shot with surprising speed! WE don’t have snails here, aren’t I lucky! c
Thanks Celi! I can gladly send you some of our snails – remember, sharing is caring. 😉 xo
What a beautiful garden you have! I cannot wait to move out of city and have a little greenery all my own
Thank you so much! I hope you get your piece of greenery soon. Have a super day. 🙂
I saw that someone gave you the “real” name for your iris; it is commonly called the butterfly iris. There are 2 types, the one you have, slightly yellow, and another that has 3 white petals, and 3 lavender petals. Both beautiful!
Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by and updating me on the iris. I do love the sound of the common name – butterfly iris. so pretty. Have a beautiful day. 🙂