Thursday, August 15, 2013

aged 42, she suddenly took up gardening

Abandoning my tenacious purchase of cushions, I went full tilt for the gardening this year and spent May in wellingtons, not answering the telephone. Here are some of my efforts outdoors.

 Last year's yellow chairs are now painted blue

West terrace

Steps up to the house

Toward the woodshed.  I am kind to weeds

Circular flowerbed, precursor to fine upper arm muscles
Japanese anemone on a misty day

Outside the back door. I can't decide what colour to paint the wooden planter

Perhaps next year I shall tackle a small, easy vegetable which I can turn into chutney and give away with bashful pride.












23 comments:

  1. You're obviously a natural Diarmuid Gavin Mise ...... and your garden reflects your house beautifully. Get that veggie patch on the go and then we can fill all of those empty Bonne Maman jars that I have been collecting since you went AWOL !! XXXX

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  2. Oh yes, I am kind to weeds too. Except the ones on my drive which get squirted with weedkiller.

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  3. Hey! Your gardening looks plentiful and pretty, it is a hard work and I had a huge taste of it this year but love doing it(:
    Calgary May happens in June though(:
    Your place looks quite magical landscape actually!
    Hugs z

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  4. Am loving all that pink and orange!
    The colours, the gravel, the quality of the light, I am getting a very coastal feel.

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  5. I can see you don't go for subtle colours Mise but that's okay - 'cos it looks fab - plenty of colour to brighten up your days - you obviously have greenfingers!

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    1. I wish it were more subtle, Elaine. I would like to do that faded dusky green and pink French look, spilling out of ancient terracotta planters, but I am a martyr to the pop of colour and my planters are not yet ancient.

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  6. Love all the colour, just like my garden! I too am kind to weeds, they flourish here :)

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  7. I am so glad you are kind to weeds. You have been very kind to me, despite casting Nasturtiums.

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    1. What a fine, fine comment. Truce on any aspersions.

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  8. Love your colors-the vibrant blues and hot pinks are gorgeous. Your flowers are all so pretty and charming. Paint the planter pink!

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    1. I think you may be right about the pink, Jen. It will clash beautifully with the tomatoes when they ripen.

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    2. If it's a home for tomatoes then a hot yellow would be nice.

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  9. No wonder your Calla's looked so happy...they and your other beauties had your undivided attention this summer, such a fun way to spend your time.
    I'm coveting your mound of nasturtiums, the aphids always seem to get mine before I can truly enjoy them, yours are the type I dream of...piled high and spilling everywhere!
    Did the girls catch the green thumb bug too? I bet they love all the cheery colors...made me smile.
    xo J~

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    1. I've never seen an aphid, Jessica. Perhaps they don't like the sea air. Thank you for your perennial cheerful encouragement.

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    2. Moving to the sea might be our best option in aphid removal, we ordered ladybirds but to no avail...the ants that farm the aphids (they do, it's very interesting) attacked them, poor things, a few survived though and had a nice meal. The aphids love our dahlias to...persistent little things. Maybe I should try spraying sea salted water on them...

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  10. I have three naked wooden planters awaiting your decision.
    Have you met Freda Waldapfel?
    http://livesimplysimplylive.weebly.com/index.html
    She's not afraid of a pop of colour either.

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    1. Thank you, Lucille. I called over to Freda and it was like meeting a friend in the paintshop.

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  11. Just curious Mise, what are you doing with that large piece of farm equipment back there, perhaps an extra large potager!?

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

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  12. I am totally totally smitten with the West Terrace.....and the dahlias. Oh the dahlias. They look so beautiful!
    Amanda xx

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  13. How did I miss that? You're garden is so very. very you.

    It's perfect.

    Your unexplained absence is now forgiven.

    xo Jane

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  14. A gorgeous set of photos, and I'm glad you're kind to weeds. They're still unfairly maligned.

    Also: "[I] spent May in wellingtons, not answering the telephone" is the start of a novel that I wish to read.

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You're looking particularly well.

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