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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

camellias....how I love thee...

A few years back I decided to plant a small row of 8 camellias to form a hedge along the fence line on the side where my neighbor has his orchard and where my hedge of buxus ends.

It is so very pretty... but I do have ONE BIG PROBLEM..!

Out of the 8 plants only 2 have really performed well...

I also have a grapevine planted right in the middle, so I have 4 plants either side. 1 each side doing really well, and 3 each side either with stumped growth or practically dead.
yes there are supposed to be 3 camellias there.. above..all there is now are sticks..

I am pretty upset and disappointed with this hedge. I keep picturing how pretty it would look if all 8 camellias were as nice as the one on the right. Why they all grew differently I don't know. I know they copped a battering with the heat last summer but they were struggling before that. I've already replaced a few of these plants and don't want to go out and spend more money on new ones. So, I've taken a few cuttings but I'll have to wait a while before they reach a decent size.

Ahhh.. the joys of gardening.. if any one has any advice I'd love to hear it.

and here is another pretty camellia, on the other side of my garden, that has really dainty pale pink flowers..

I do have a couple more that haven't opened up yet. Ok, I'm off to improve the soil around my half dead camellias and add some water saving pellets, hopefully that will do the trick.

take care, Maryann

Saturday, April 19, 2014

a visit from the Easter Bunny...

Well, look who I saw lurking in my garden... obviously the Easter Bunny!

hope you all have a safe and happy Easter!
take care, Maryann

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

garden arch progession....

About 8 months ago, I decided to put up an arch along with some climbing roses along my fence line. You can read the original post here with all my inspiration photos. Well here is what it looks like today. With winter just round the corner I don't think it will get any better than this until next spring.

Here is a reminder of what it looked like then...

   I put crushed rock at the back and and 3 square stepping stones towards the front.

as you can see the little dianthus on the RHS with the pink dainty flowers are not as big as the one on the LHS. That's because I stuffed up and bought only 1 plant and tried to divide it into 2. Ofcourse it didn't work and the one on the RHS originally died so then I had to wait till the other one grew big enough for me to take a couple of pieces for me to replant. Yeah, I do that a lot buying one plant and dividing it into 2. Doesn't always work. 

I'm afraid the pictures don't really bring out how pretty this area is, my camera is not the best. I have planted lavender and dianthus with tiny pink flowers either side, Piere de Ronsard over the arch and another little pink rose in the pots. Towards the back on the RHS I planted some lilac colored iris. I love this little section of the garden and enjoy seeing it every time I hang up the clothes!
Bye for now, take care,

Monday, April 14, 2014

pretty new quilt..

I don't frequent the shops that often. Apart from grocery shopping I probably only look around homewares shops every 4 to 6 weeks. Which is probably a good thing as I can be a little impulsive with my shopping. Anyhow I had been wanting a couple of white euro shams for my bed for a while so whilst out shopping last week I walked into My House and low and behold I found some. The original price $49.95 each... 'but I think these are on a good special' .. said the sales assistant.. as she checks at the cash register ..only  $18.95.

What about the quilt cover that matches? I yelled out from across the shop.. is that on a good special too? It was marked $229.00 which also included the pillowcases. Holding my breath as she checked... she yells out $75. I'll take it! I couldn't believe my luck to have found something so perfect for a really good price.

The ruffled bedskirt I've had for a while and the round frilly cushion and neck roll I purchased not long ago for $15 each from catchoftheday. I couldn't make them for that price!

It's made of all white cotton and features pin tucking, embroidery, ruching and more. The top of the quilt cover is actually lightly quilted so I can use it on it's own in Summer. With the days now cooling down for Autumn I probably will change it over for something else, but I just had to show you before it gets packed away.

I am still tweaking my room but as usual it's taking longer than I thought. Next on my 'to do' list in here is change out the bedside lamps.
take care, Maryann
ps. if anyone in Aussie is interested the quilt set is called 'Celine'

Friday, April 4, 2014

garden feature...

Well, I just managed to finish another part of my side garden. This is the BEFORE ...
it's the section where the bare dirt is next to the yellow pot on the left hand side...this is looking at it from the front of the house...

Now after a hard day of back breaking work it looks like this...

I took it on myself and boy am I out of shape. It was pretty hot too that day so everything I did was in slow motion and I had to keep resting. I removed all the weeds, carried up the pavers from the stack we have waaay down the back of our property in 4 goes with a wheel barrow, added water saving pellets and lime as the ground here is very dry and hard. then put down all the mulch.

I would have liked some sort of pond or water feature round the urn but with neighbors ducks living next door they would probably end up living at my place. So I had to forget about that idea.
  I planted mondo grass (which I have tons of) round the outer edge and some bushes with pretty pink and golden foliage. (not sure what it's called) I am hoping they will join up and form a small hedge round the base.

Not sure about that pot on top, I have had it for ages and a lot of the paint has come off the bottom. I might have to paint it along with the pillar. To give the feeling of a water fountain I decided to put a reddish colored grass like plant on top. I like how it turned out, and can admire it sitting in my family room. 
take care, Maryann

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

to move or not to move.. that is the question..

Well for a while now Fred has been saying that he wants to move.... and I have been saying nope. Not after 12 years of fixing this place up and getting it the way I want it.  Not after doing the extension with my dream lounge room and definitely not after doing all the gardens and planting 30 new roses! Nope, I don't think so.

Ok, so after a couple of months of hearing him whinge.. I said maybe. I suppose if we have to move it better be now before I'm to old to pick up a shovel. The only trouble is we both don't want to move until we have found something else first. The move may or may not happen, I'm not fussed but we have been to see a few houses and here are a couple of them.
                                                                       House no.1.

Critic no. 1.. the roof is too flat. This house would look so much better with a high pitched roof. At least the ceiling itself is not flat and was actually raked all through.

I loved the fireplace and the colours she used on the walls.. all the pictures are deceiving as they are not as roomy as they look..

don't really like the bench top, oven or sink... but it is a good size though.. bigger than mine and something I could change later on..

this was a nice area.. adjacent to the kitchen.. looks pretty roomy in the picture but again there really isn't that much room around that dining table.. bummer! that's the family room in the back. I loved all the windows.

of course with any house there are it's good points and bad points. This place also has a pool and an outdoor spa, but no garage for Fred, so he would have to find somewhere to store all his stuff and believe me he has A LOT of stuff till he built his garage.

House no. 2.

When we pulled up to this house my heart just melted. This picture is deceiving as that cement path is not the footpath. There is actually a large paddock in front of it and is set back on the property. It has a lovely tree lined driveway and pretty gardens all round. I loved the outside and thought this is it...'till I walked in.

kitchen was a good size, even though I would be pulling out that stove from the brick fireplace, adding top units and removing that ugly island. Also it had the  bath room come off the kitchen...I didn't like that. 

this was a great size room but the ceiling was too low and felt a bit cramped... another deceiving picture..
 great pool and gazebo at the back.. loved this part.

the dining room looks so bright in this picture but in reality it was extremely dark.. I would be putting in a skylight for sure but I loved the fireplace and french doors. 
Overall this house was too much work inside and too small and cramped for our needs.
So the search continues.. either 'till we find something or 'till we get fed up of looking but I have to say I love house hunting .. it's a lot of fun! 
bye for now,


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