Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Grown Up Gardens & Baby Gardens


Now we are getting little glimpses of Spring, I have been hankering to get my gardening gloves on. Since Bear and I moved in together in July, I've been longing to get started in our first ever 'Garden That We Can Put Real Plants and Trees In'.  Because this Garden is not a rental that you can only plant a few vegies and annuals in. A real garden of our very own that we can landscape which I'm super excited about!

For a teensy bit of inspiration, I went for a walk around nearby Werribee Park.


I had never seen a yellow flowering butterfly bush. Always purple. Doesn't it look glorious? And the nectar smelled delicious!


The kids loved running around the lawns.




I always thought Radiata Pines were the rudest trees.


Every single branch is giving me the bird.


Fortunately I'm not easily offended, so we continued around through the arboretum.  I just love all these huge trees.


These Camellia were glorious. They reminded me how much I wanted to plant camellias in our garden.




All this walking was making me thirsty.


The boys and I indulged in hot chocolates (cappuccino for me) and an assortment of little Danish pastries.


Now owned and managed by Parks Victoria, there are still some of the original glasshouses left. 



 


After our sun soaked jaunt around the mansion, I had some inspiration. My little garden is way too small for such large plantings, but seeing the camellias was one of those ZING moments where I said to myself, "OMG YES! I gots to get me some of those!"

Some more Spring-ness was to be found at Sonofagun No 2's school.

Here is Sonofagun No.2 dressed up as Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the Book Week Parade.


The school has some gorgeous flower and vegie gardens as well as heaps of fruit trees which are in bloom.


Like this nectarine tree.  The kids work on the gardens.


Check out all this broccoli! I actually took this photo to show Bear as he planted one little broccoli plant in our vegie garden. I think we need more like this! 


So here I am in my own little patch ready for action.


We planted 2 cherry tomato plants against a large trellis.  One produces red cherry tomatoes, the other produces orange cherry tomatoes!


My sweet peas which I planted in April are now shooting up quickly.


 
And in edible pea news, we also have sugar snap peas which are already showing signs of wanting to flower.


 These potatoes were given to us by one of our lovely neighbours.


In this patch under the olive tree, are strawberries and rainbow spinach.


We bought some premium mix, mulch and a modest selection of plants from the garden centre to start. 
Such as this little pot of pink violets. PINK VIOLETS!! I love violets!  There were some white violets growing in the front yard as well. Bear has been given strict instructions to not pull them up!

This bird bath was a present from the Mothership and Fatherdom a few years ago. Bear found a solar powered mini fountain hiding in his garage.

We call this little installation the Bellagio.


The Mariposa Plum was a gift from a friend last Christmas. The poor thing has been stuck in a pot until now. I think it was so happy to find its' feet in soil it flowered with joy. Or relief.

I sowed some dahlia and cucumber seeds which popped up in just 1 week!

I have this nifty ikea glasshouse shelf in which I have been growing fig tree and begonia cuttings, ferns, dahlia, cucumber and sunflower seeds. It's in a nice bright spot in the back living area and everything is going crazy in there.


My beautiful friend Robby gave me this gorgeous Camellia x williamsii E.G. Waterhouse.  I planted  it in the front yard today. The flowers are going to be exquisite!


Unfortunately after all the wonderful planting and growing, one plant had to meet its' maker AKA the mulch machine.

A medium sized gum in the front yard was subject to what Bear calls '4WD gardening' as the whole tree had a serious 45 degree lean towards the house. If it grew bigger, a big wind would end up blowing it over onto the house.

Can you see my tiny little Camellia planted in front of the white pillar? Fortunately this side of the house is mostly shady as it is south facing so it won't get too hot in summer.


Now I just need to find a suitable replacement. I'm inclined to go hard or go home. A mother-truckin massive Elm or Oak tree. Unfortunately that may take too long.

Perhaps stay true to the local environment and get another eucalypt or a snazzy orange blossomed Corymbia. Do you have any recommendations? I'd love a medium large tree wide a generous canopy that grows quickly. Any ideas?

And in 9 days I finally travel overseas on my little trip. I haven't been OS in about 14 years.  I'm nervous and excited and won't believe it's happening until I land and see all the big amazing things I've only ever seen on the tv in this faraway place.

xox
 
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Rules for Kids: let Mum pee alone. K, thx.

This image may or may not represent some of what this weeks blog post is about.
Image source unknown, but not mine. K, thx


As a human being and a mother, I don't have many strict rules for my kids.


There's the usual like:

  1. Don't make people dead or hurt.  
  2. Don't lie to Mum.  
  3. Don't do drugs until you're old enough to not be living with Mum and not the really, really bad ones. Which is most of them. And after that don't tell Mum. And do all that while obeying Rule No.2.
  4. Don't be mean to other people or animals. 
  5. Treat everyone with respect. Unless they are being an asshole to you. Then take the high road and find clever ways to get back at them without being an overt asshole (eg don't be racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc etc), so they don't realize you've made them look stupid until you're far enough away that they can't hit you. 
  6. Don't disrespect Mums music. Holy Janice Joplin you'll be in trouble if you speak against the mighty Foo Fighters or any band Mum has a tshirt for.
There are a few others which generally confirm to societal norms, or I make up on the spot, but one of the more important ones is:
  1. Unless the kitchen has exploded, ninjas are busting through the front door or you really need to use it yourself, Don't bug Mum while she is on the toilet.

Now I don't know about you but there are certain places where you should just be left in peace. The toilet is No.1 on my list.

In your household, how many times do little people come banging down the door, yelling random things at you through the door, or even try and come in to tell you something while you're in there?

As parents and as human beings aren't we all entitled to a little peace and privacy while we take care of our least attractive bodily functions? We don't have to share EVERYTHING with our families. Sure we should do everything we can for our babies but we don't have to sacrifice ALL OF THE THINGS for our kids. Like time alone on the loo. Who wants to have pairs of little eyes watching you wipe your bum? Seriously Ladies!

Some people are totally ok with leaving the door open and having conversations with any passersby while having a pee. Some couples view this as a sharing part of their relationship.

Not this Amazona.

From a young age, when little people come yelling down the corridor, "MUUUUUUMMMM!!! THE TV ISNT ON/ I WANNA BISCUIT/ CAN MY MATE BRUCE COME OVER? MUMMMM THE CROC ATE MY HOMEWORK!!!!"  while I'm ensconced in the old water closet, I first ask:

"Do you need to go to the toilet?"
"No"
"Is the kitchen on fire?"
"No"
"Are there ninjas busting down the front door?"
"No"
"Are you dying?"
"No"
"Then it can wait till I get out!"

In the Bears previous relationship, he was used to being walked in on while on the throne by all members of the family for any reason at all. And he'd sit there, sigh and answer their questions.

After we started dating, he relayed this information to me.

I looked deep into his lovely green eyes and said, "Babes. I love you and I promise I never, ever, EVER want to walk in while you're on the loo and talk to you about ANYTHING! Your peace in the throne room is guaranteed."

I think that's when he fell in love with me.

So it was startling when the other evening I happened to be in there (let's not go into details Ladies), and Sonofagun No.2 comes thundering down the hallway. For an 7 year old he does an awfully good impression of a herd of elephants.

SOG2: "MUUUUUUMMMMM MUUUUUUUMMMM!!!!!!!"

Amazona says through the toilet door: "What? Is every thing ok? Do you need to wee?"

SOG2:  "No."

Amazona: "Is the kitchen on fire?"

SOG2: "No"

Amazona: "Are there ninjas busting down the front door?"

SOG2: "No"

Amazona: "Are you dying?"

SOG2: "No"

Amazona: "Then it can wait!"

SOG2: "But it's important!!"

Amazona: "What is it?"

SOG2: "I have to tell you there's something bigger than the Milky Way. It's the Universe. And in the Universe is like, stars and other planets, and like they're bigger than Earth. And like, there's kabillions of other Milky Ways and other universes in this bigger thing called the Multiverse. And yeah... Can I have ice cream?" Yep. Hello parenting.

It's so been so wonderful having a growing teenaged Sonofagun No.1. Now he can reach the top cupboard for mummys wine glasses when she needs a Medicinal Moscato.
 
In other news, apparently it's Spring.

But down here in Melbourne, long sunny Spring days have been few and far between #crazymelbourneweatherisgivinglocalsthes**ts


On the occasional sunny day, I've been enjoying the beautiful scent of jasmine, sweet peas and crab apple blossom. I love those scents!

One of my potted roses is also blooming. I seem to have lost the label but I think this is one of the David Austin roses.


I haven't really done anything in the garden this year. It is a bit of a mess. But the regulars keep coming back each year...




This morning the weather was really windy, with clouds threatening rain, and some sun. I decided to take a long walk along the local beach. Despite the wind, it felt good to stretch my legs after a yummy big breakfast of bacon & eggs.

The rain stayed away from our part of the city, while a storm whips up in the middle of Port Phillip Bay (on the right of the photo)




Some beautiful roses from someone's front yard.

I have been steadily working on a project with my Best Bloggy Buddy Vicki from Off the Hook. It definitely has been a challenge to create something with a 100gm skein of variegated yarn, that's for sure! Stay tuned for that one!


Whenever I need to take a break from focussing on one project, I go to my messy tray of bright cottons and whip up a mandoily (mandala/ doily).






I love experimenting with the colour combinations. I am not exactly a colour expert. I don't find it easy to choose palettes (that's why I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to colour combos!)

The challenge with going round and round using different stitches is keeping it even so the circle doesn't get too tight from too few increases, or start to buckle from too many increases.  Alot of frogging happens!

xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona