Quote for the Day : Plants

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy of seeing them grow…”

–David Hobson


Mum’s Garden

Mum’s Garden

A rainy, Wintery weekend just went by.  As much as I hate the cold, I do love the look of raindrops on leaves and frost on the grass, as long as I’m looking at from inside a nice warm house.  I spent some time at my Mum’s on the weekend and took a few snaps of plants and flowers (and critters!) in her garden.  It is really coming along and starting to look a lot more lush and inviting.  She loves her garden and it was hard to leave her previous one behind when she moved to the new house.  So she’s been working hard to get the new one up to scratch.  The front garden is mostly hardy natives which are drought-tolerant and don’t mind full sun.  The back garden is still a work-in-progress and that will feature more traditional, cottage-garden beds and plants.  She’s getting rid of the lawn as it is hard to maintain and needs way too much water.  Better to have mulched garden beds that will require less water and upkeep.  She’s enjoying all the planning and working with a landscape gardener to get it just so.  She’s only a pensioner, so things are being done on a budget and corners cut wherever possible.

For what it’s worth, I have been busy with my little garden too – re-potting all my succulents and cacti, propagating new plants and clearing away the bedraggled old ones that have seen better days.  My path is lined with succulents now and the colours are amazing.  You can almost hear them saying “Ahhh…” as they relax in their newer, larger pots.  Some of them had become quite root bound, poor things. Anyway, more on my garden later.  For now, enjoy a few colourful photos of various plants and flowers in Mum’s garden 🙂


So pretty! The raindrops look like jewels on these colourful leaves…




Kalanchoe, ready to bloom…




Salvia (such a beautiful blue)…


So many bees happily harvesting pollen from a lemon tree…




“Joey” – don’t ask me the proper name….


(Neighbour’s cat, photo-bombing!)


(Mole Cricket.  Dead unfortunately, poor little guy.  He made a tasty meal for the ants though…)

Rose-tinted days (and the dentist)

Rose-tinted days (and the dentist)

I spent a lovely afternoon at a garden centre with my cousin, Aunt and Uncle last week.  I love my Aunt – she is so amazing and despite battling many illnesses (not least of which is chronic renal failure) she is always upbeat and cheerful.  She never lets anything get her down and she is so strong and tough.  She does her own dialysis at home (I could never be that brave!) and is just an inspiration. So it was lovely to get to spend some time with her and my Uncle.


Despite the cold weather, it was a beautiful sunny day and we had a delightful morning tea, and enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll around the centre, looking at all the beautiful flowers that were in bloom.  Such gorgeous roses!  In every colour imaginable.  I wish I had a greener thumb and could keep beautiful plants like roses alive and well but, alas, I am a killer of all things green (except for a few herbs) and can only swoon and sigh at other people’s horticultural success.  Just look at these fabulous specimens, beginning with the “Abracadabra” rose:











Unfortunately, that day I also had an appointment with my dentist.  I am not what you would call a “regular” at the dentist.  So much has happened in the last year or so that I have allowed my dental health to get overshadowed (i.e. ignored).  I enjoy a visit to dentist about as much as I enjoy doing my taxes.  Both things are painful, take too long and usually end up costing me money.  This trip was no different… I have been experiencing pain and locking in my jaw for a while now and it has been getting worse, to the point my left side of the jaw is a bit out of whack.  I grind my teeth a lot and I thought maybe that had something to do with it.  My dentist confirmed that the night-time clenching and grinding (that sounded far ruder than I meant it to!) has indeed made my jaw a bit off-kilter.  It’s also cracked one of my back teeth almost in half.  Dr W said “it’s like the Grand Canyon in there!”  which is not something you really want to hear in regard to your teeth.  He said it was amazing that it hadn’t actually fallen apart completely or caused me any pain.  Anyway, I am now getting a “splint” for my bite so that I can’t grind my teeth at night, and a lovely, blingy gold crown for the cracked tooth.  So gangsta, yo!  I had the choice of gold or ceramic, my Dr W said he recommended gold as it lasts forever and as it is at the back of my mouth it won’t really show.  All this for the princely sum of about three grand.  There goes my new couch I was going to buy this month.  Oh well…couches can wait.  I don’t want the tooth to crack entirely and fall out or get really infected or anything so I need the crown and, in order to prevent any more cracked teeth or jaw issues, I have to get the splint as well.  Apart from those two things, I am really lucky to have good teeth – no signs of decay or need for fillings.  I’d hate to have ongoing dental problems – it’s so horrible and expensive!

It’s a long weekend this week so tomorrow (Monday) is a day off!  Hooray!  I am going to try not to sleep in (did that yesterday – slept for 17 hours, which is awesome but also DISGUSTING!) as I want to get some things done around the house and find some time for crafting as well.  Hope your weekend is going well, and, if you do have to go to work tomorrow, I hope Friday comes around again super quickly!  I’ll leave you with a funny little note I saw at the garden centre this week :



April Blooms (while I curse the cold)

April Blooms (while I curse the cold)

It is raining.  Our parched state is finally receiving some blessed rain from above and my garden couldn’t be happier.  As everyone knows, I don’t like the colder seasons and whinge and complain for months on end until the sun starts warming the earth again and I can get out of the dreaded jeans and pants (I am a skirt girl).  However, I do love the rain and how it freshens everything up and makes the plants blossom and bloom and stand tall.  I love the sound of rain on the roof, especially when I’m tucked up in bed.  This morning I slept in, yet again, when I had promised to get up early and make the most of the day, and listened to the lovely gentle rain, watering my garden for me and making everything clean and bright.

So while drag myself out of bed and make plans for the day, my garden is happily soaking up all the moisture it can get, blossoming and blooming in an explosion of colour, to celebrate the breaking of the “drought”.  I’m just trying to wake up.  I’ll leave the exhibitionism and beauty to the plants 🙂