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Marigolds and seed saving

It was a glorious Autumn day on Saturday, perfect for pottering in the garden, harvesting the last few of the vegetables, and pulling up the summer vegetable garden. While pulling out the marigolds I noticed they were laden with thousands of seeds. Elijah and I sat on the lawn together and harvested… …and harvested. Until we had a bag filled with thousands of seeds. Some of these seeds will be planted in punnets in the green house in late winter, ready to plant with the tomatoes  ...

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Mini succulent gardens

Many years ago I had a wonderful succulent collection potted up in sweet little pots, and dressed in coloured stones. Years later most of those succulents are still surviving in a rather overgrown state at my parents’ house. They were always intended to make it to this house when I moved in, but never did, and I moved in from succulents to cottage plants and vegetables. Lately I’ve been wanting a little succulent garden again, and I’ve been enjoying photos my friend Lauren  ...

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Gardening, Our Home

The Front Yard

I used to be quite diligent when it came to blogging about my garden, but somewhere along the way I became less and less so. I guess that happened once I was blogging less and less, so let’s rectify this. When we moved in, in 2007, the house had a fairly sparse garden. We began to add to it; more plants, veggie patches, fruit trees, and it started to look nice. But then either through bad planning, lack of motivation, pregnancy, a new born.. the garden became rather overgrown, full of weeds  ...

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Summer Fruit and Vegetables

It’s been a hot summer in Melbourne, an odd summer really. There hasn’t been much middle ground. It’s either really hot, or back into the mid-20’s. Until this week there’d been very little rain. It hasn’t been a good summer for vegetables. Zucchinis are stunted, tomatoes were green too long, then ripened too fast. Bean flowers were burnt to a crisp. But among the disappointment of failed vegetables we had a rather surprising victory. Peaches. Lots of peaches. I planted the peach tree in  ...

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Gardening, Memory Keeping

Project Life – Week 43

Gee, where are these weeks going? I keep falling behind with posting layouts, and freebies (Christmas ones are on their way, I promise!). Week 43…I decided to experiment with white space this week. I used this template which I then altered to my tast by changing the font and colour. I put together most of the collages, including adding the digital cards, in PicMonkey. It's so much faster than using photoshop and the results are just as good. There is limited font choice, even with  ...

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Gardening, Life and Outings, Memory Keeping

Project Life – Week 39

(otherwise known as the week of too many photos).   We had a lot on this week. We had play dates with friends, adventures at the Rhododendron Gardens, and Tulip Festival, rides on miniature trains.. Come end of week I'd narrowed my weekly photo selection down to 52. Eek. Through lots of collages, plus and extra insert I managed to use the majority of them. This week's layout used digital elements and physical papers from the 'On Trend' range. Earlier in the week I'd  ...

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Green manure- digging it in!

There's not a lot to say about the digging in of the green manure, other than it smelt lovely and fresh, and was harder work than it looked. It now needs a few weeks to break down in the soil, then our bed will be ready for planting. The broad beans in the foreground are next. We're just giving them a few more weeks to produce some beans.  

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Weekend sun

This past weekend we were fortunate enough to have some beautiful, sunny weather. We spent some time in the garden edging beds, and replacing an azalea bed with salvias. The latter has been on the cards for a while as the azaleas were planted in an inappropriate position to begin with and have never flourished. Most of the time they look brown and drab and had some sort of scale that we couldn't be bothered investing the time in to treat.   The bed looks a bit empty at present, but  ...

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