More tales from the garden.

Look at this idyllic verandah. This is the very first house we rented when we moved to southern Tasmania. It was in a small village on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. An old farmhouse on six acres with cottage gardens, creek, paddocks with grazing belties, apricot orchard and a beautiful old willow tree with obligatory tyre swing. Sadly, we only had a short time at this lovely cottage, in between old and new owners. But it did give us brown thumbed city slickers the chance to cut our teeth on looking after a big garden. I had never pruned a fruit tree in my life and got to hone my skills on on a whole orchard, whilst four months pregnant, (hope they're still alive!) and the massive cottage garden beds gave us plenty of practice in weeding. And seed saving. The garden was home to a massive amount of colourful spires of Russell Lupins. And I saved the seeds in brown paper bags and took them with me when we moved.
And here they today are in my garden, planted two years ago and at last showing their magnificent towering blooms. I sowed the seeds, watered and weeded the seedlings and built ugly wire contraptions over them so the rabbits wouldn't eat the little green leaves. Now looking gorgeous, not only am I amazed that I actually grew them, they also remind me of very special times at a very special place. Isn't that something?

14 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place to be. I would love to transition from city slicker to here.

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  2. You are very talented,and I am not ashamed to let you know how jealous I am of your skills.

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  3. Idyllic indeed. And nicely done with your Lupins!

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  4. Oh that is such a lovely story. How gorgeous they are. And yes that verandah is divine. I feel the space just from looking at that photo.
    xx

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  5. It is so beautiful down that way. Lupins are definitely some of my garden favourites, they look so amazing on mass!

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  6. What a beautiful story - I love that you kept all the seeds, and have tended them. They are magnificent.

    Hey - the recipe for the choc cake on my blog is one of the links to my sister's blog. Just click through and you can find all the goodness!

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  7. the lupins are idyllic - so is that gorgeous verandah. love!

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  8. what a beautiful story and photos. Do you know the story of Miss Rumphius and her lupins? Might have to start calling you Mrs Rumphius! btw - where are the photos of your fruit trees? You promised, remember? I am hoping to plant a few and need some inspiration...

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  9. that verandah {and description} are heavenly...and what beautiful blossoms you have created~ can't wait to be somewhere i can actually grow a garden for more than a few months before it melts!
    x ashley

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  10. Lovely. Lovely flowers, story and verandah. I am a lucky girl - we have a huge verandah that I think is bigger than our house!

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  11. There is something so satisfying about creating your own space, whether it's in the garden, inside your home...or even in your own mind! Your flowers are beautiful & a lovely symbol of your journey. x

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  12. Beautiful visual images and imaginary ones also:).

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  13. Those are beautiful flowers to be truly proud of! Well done you!

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  14. Those are beautiful flowers to be truly proud of! Well done you!

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