Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jean & Graham's garden - Truly Inspirational

Do you have fruit trees in your garden? Are they old enough yet to prune? I recently had to visit a lovely garden owned by good friends Jean & Graham. While there for the morning, my good friend Richard (also my Garden Guru) had to prune the apple trees for Jean.

Wow oh Wow oh Wow! As soon as you drive up the driveway, you know there's something extra special about this suburban block of land in Oak Flats. To the right is a lovely feature angled rose garden; I was rather excited to be given the opportunity to go back there when they are in full bloom. The grape-vine is first to greet you on the left, followed by the lovely bushy fig tree. There's plenty going on beneath the fruit trees too; along with Comfrey and other herbs.
Still on the left of the driveway is the kiwi-fruit, asparagus, cherry guava, almond and other edibles.

After the rose garden, still in the front yard...younger children are accommodated with a huge trampoline...The pumpkin are growing happily in and around the legs of the trampoline...and the quaint little flower garden is a great space for the lady of the household to grow all her 'girly' plants. Overall, the space works brilliantly.

As you stroll down the side of the house...you can't help but wonder what awe-inspiring views await you when you reach the back yard. You've just passed more edibles including lemon verbena and elder-flower. 

Narelle found herself speechless as she came round the corner....feasting her eyes every which way....with camera in hand, where does one begin to take photos? I can tell you now....We found it hard to limit the amount of photos used in this post....and I'll just leave you with a small list of the photos taken that day.....

When you first walk through the garden...it's obvious that anyone can be totally gobsmacked by the vastness and creativeness that has been used in the design of this garden. Well done to Jean & Graham for all your hard work....It sure is worth it.

Hi Jean
No words can explain the beauty, appreciate the work and inspiration one gets while wandering around in this garden....I've decided to keep all the photos as large as I can...due to the amazing detail in each one. 

Everywhere you look, there's another type of plant....and another....and another........

Lovely tall corn...ready to harvest...see below!
L to R: Here's Richard, Anna and Jean
checking out the skyscraper tall corn.

Bagging your apples early helps eliminate fruit fly

Out the back: The chickens enjoy the width of the yard...
but fenced off from the dogs.
Plenty of pollinators 
Graham pruning the thorn-less blackberry
Choko vine shading the henhouse

Rockmelon - very sweet

Richard, helping Graham prune the blackberry
Jean's Goji Berry

Some of their harvest a few days after my visit

Bounty of Corn, Cucumber, and Carrots

Dehydrated fresh chillies

Sweet Sweet Rockmelon

Many thanks to Jean & Graham for allowing me to visit their garden...I'ts made me re-think my entire back yard....Just wait till you see what I've done....

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