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.
Some of the gorgeous winter roses.
The veggie patch.
Some of the dozens of trees they have on the property.
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.
There is also a small pond for water lillies.
Some winter colour.
There are many different statues and sculptures around the garden to add variety.
And there are some pretty cute neighbours!
The surrounding area has some spectacular views too.
All this beauty definitely helped us relax.