My mother’s garden.

Since starting this blog 18 months ago I have aimed to post once or twice a week. A couple of times I missed a week, but for the most part posting has been quite regular. Until six weeks ago! I mentioned in my last post that I was in the middle of frantically marking and writing  reports – the never ending life of an English teacher- well, I was so busy that when the July holidays finally arrived I was completely exhausted! So I decided to have a bit of a break and now return triumphant! Not really 🙂 I am still ridiculously busy, as is Jamie and on top of  that we now have both granddaughters to babysit every Saturday (lucky they are adorable!) Still, we are hoping to get back into the swing of things soon.


The garden has also suffered from neglect, but not just because of how busy we have been. Rather, it was due to us looking after my parent’s house while they were in Europe. Given how busy and stressed we were it was a welcome distraction, especially as they live an hour or so from home in one of the more beautiful areas of SA; it was like going on a mini holiday every weekend. The house is on 2.4 acres with half of that land occupied by my mother’s garden. So, for my return post I thought I would share some of that garden with you.


Mum is a huge rose fan and so has three rose gardens on the property. I am not sure how many roses she actually has but I do know that many are David Austin. The roses are interspersed with many different types of plants, mostly flowering, that she has either propagated herself or picked up over the years.


The back rose garden.


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Some of the gorgeous winter roses.




The veggie patch.

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Some of the dozens of trees they have on the property.



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Another garden plot.016

In addition to the many garden plots there are also two small ornamental lakes. They have been dry for years and so are filled with native grasses. Though due to the recent rains one actually has some water in it!




The stone steps between the two lakes have forget-me-nots and daisies spilling out of the cracks.

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There is also a small pond for water lillies.


Some winter colour.










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There are many different statues and sculptures around the garden to add variety.



And there are some pretty cute neighbours!

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The surrounding area has some spectacular views too.





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All this beauty definitely helped us relax.



About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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12 Responses to My mother’s garden.

  1. Dani says:

    Looks like you had a well deserved lovely break 🙂

  2. wow, what a getaway… very peaceful, and a lot of colour for this time of year!
    i’m writing annual reports at the moment… I skipped posting this week because I was so brainfried 🙂 so I know what you mean!

  3. What a huge property, and such lovely flowers and scenery. I see she also has a nice veggie patch. My gosh, you do sound busy – thanks for keeping us updated. I am glad that you had some fun while taking care of the other property.

  4. How gorgeous your parents property is with these beautiful rose and vegetable gardens, I am sure it was a delight to baby sit this property as well as your granddaughters. Nice to have you back 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful garden, Rachel! Good to see you both taking time out for yourselves 🙂

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