I want a garden like this!

OMG – I’ve just discovered gardening… and I think I’m in love!! (Is this another symptom of middle age setting in?? πŸ˜‰ )

Well, actually, I’ve always looked wistfully at other people’s gardens – especially those cottage-style gardens… ooh, I’d always desperately wanted a quaint, romantic garden like that, with climbing roses and a profusion of colour & flowers…

… the problem was, I usually killed every plant I brought home (yes, including the plastic ones! πŸ˜‰ ) so I thought it would always be an empty dream.

Then a few weeks ago, I made up my mind that I would learn gardening! I didn’t have to live with the ugly dry & scraggly bush garden in our house – I could try to have the cottage garden of my dreams!

So I pulled up all the existing plants so I had a “blank slate” to work with… and then I headed out to the local garden centres and spent a couple of blissful weekends shopping!!

Muesli checking out the new residents…

I LOVE star jasmines (I think they’re called Confederate jasmine in the States) and I got 2 big ones to train up the wall… can’t wait until they start flowering – the scent is just heavenly!

I thought I’d start with planting in pots, as that didn’t seem as “scary” as planting things straight into the ground.

Here’s me with my very first container: sweet alyssum, bacopa and a baby blueberry bush! (this is a dwarf variety called “Bluberry Burst” which remains small but produces HUGE fruit – apparently 3 times normal size! Well, I guess we’ll see! πŸ˜‰ )

Of course, Muesli did lots of “helping”! πŸ˜‰

I’d only intended to start with easy things like “potted colour” – pansies and stocks and salvias and daisies – but somehow, I came home one day with an impulse-buy: a Blushing Iceberg rose! I was worried that roses were too “advanced” for a beginner gardener like me but I suppose we all have to start somewhere! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, so far, the rose is doing great – the warm & sunny winters here in Perth mean that a lot of plants don’t go dormant like they do in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, the rose has been blooming like crazy since arriving in our garden – and we’re supposed to be in the middle of winter!

It does have lovely faint flushes of pink painted on the white petals – really as if the rose is blushing! πŸ˜‰

Oh! The other things I’m very excited about are some ornamental cabbage / kale seedlings I got. I’m told they’ll grow into huge colourful monsters… well, I’m waiting with bated breath! Here’s me planting them into the garden bed…

(with Muesli helping, of course! πŸ˜‰ )

The only thing is… gosh, I didn’t realise how “physical” gardening is!

After all that digging and lifting and squatting and watering… not to mention all the fresh air and early mornings… whew, we’re exhausted!! πŸ˜€

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