I know I recently shared our garden with you but there have been a few changes since then so for your viewing pleasure (before it starts raining again)…
I could not resit this bench when I saw it for sale down the road from home. The gentleman selling the furniture fell on hard times and refurbishes and recycles wooden palettes to earn an income. He lives a very frugal life without electricity and running water and has the most love I have ever seen for his dog and cat. They are his entire life. I did not realise until I stopped to make enquiry about the bench that he has the most beautiful fully indigenous garden with veggie patches dotted all around. Best R350 (± USD $28) I have ever spent on anything. He even refurbishes the nails before re-using them to make his furniture.
Rummaging through our leaky old corner back shed I found a piece of sleeper gifted to Pete from our previous neighbours son about a zillion years ago and decided its time to get out into the garden and one can never have too much seating so another bench was made. The cats love this and I often find them sunning themselves on one of the corners while watching over the garden..
From the leaky shed into the wendy house which holds an untold amount of boxes and other storage bits and bobs plus an outdated old satellite dish which I converted into a much wanted bird bath. Waste not want not I say. My dad said it should be blue but I thought green blended so much better with the garden. A few birdies have visited but none I have yet been able to capture on camera.
Going back to the leaky shed, hanging up in a corner was a small ladder which was looking worse for ware so out it came and a quick refurbishment and placed outside our bedroom door with a few potted veld plants and its as pretty as a picture.
On the backside of our bedroom is a strip that never gets any sun and always has a muddy slope of soil so it was morning of laying some unused bricks to make a walk way. Can’t believe it took me this long to do!
Amongst the unused bits and bobs was a number of pots and bowls which I have started displaying around the garden. There are a few more to come. I will take some updated shots as soon as I have been back into the veld for more plants. Speaking of being in the veld, just over the road from our home is a huge amount of mother in laws tongue which I have potted and standing in a makeshift nursery in front of Pete’s workshop.
After cleaning out the pots outside the front door, it dawned on me we have not had lavender in our garden for the longest time so I had to succumb to spending a little cash on a beautiful lavender bush which I am not able to find in the veld. 🙂
Always at the ready to lend a hand is my beautiful boy who has an incredible knack of bumping me off my feet more often than not when I am trying to take a photo – there are loads of blurry shots in amongst the few I manage to salvage. On the backside of our lapa is a long bare wall so a narrow bed was made with a variation of 2 flowering bushes – one is a yellow daisy of sorts and the other is a blue/purple spur something or another. I am never very good at remembering names of plants.
I hope its not too late but I finally planted last years sweet pea seeds – I saved just the violet colour ones. Can’t wait for the fragrant flowers for vases throughout the house come Spring. All things going well, we will have some tasty cauliflowers – I have no idea how long they take to grow but the plants are looking very healthy. 🙂
There is also some healthy happy looking spinach.
Seems we will also have some mini cabbages at some stage – think I will have to thin this bed soon.
And finally is a pot that nearly broke my back. Our lovely neighbours were kind enough to gift the pot but it was up to me to get it over the wall and obviously I could not wait for help and had to get it over myself. Not sure if it was the coat of paint or all the rain which has left one of the plants looking a little worse for ware. Hopefully a little TLC will get it all perky again otherwise out it comes.
How is your winter garden or summer garden if you are in the northern parts of the world?