I mentioned yesterday I’d track down some of the gardens we’ve grown over the years and in the many places we’ve lived in so here – drum roll – are pics of our gardening history. Actually, no, not quite true, my husband’s gardening history as he’s the one with the green thumb. We usually arrive in a new home, I look around and think the garden looks okay because it’s plain old grass and lawns, Bryan looks around and he’s already planning a new landscape and garden beds with heaps of plants, trees and assorted shrubs!
In Perth and Queensland, plants grew fast – super-fast in Queensland where it was hot and humid. In the UK, plants seemed to grow really slowly although it was nice to re-connect with flowers from my early life in the UK, like daffodils, bluebells, crocuses and primroses, And in Victoria plants grew somewhat more slowly than in other parts of Australia as it was cooler – except for summer heatwaves. In North Cyprus, plants grow fast but we use a lot of paving and rocks to cover the ground because it’s such a dry island and water is a very precious commodity. In Perth we created a water-wise garden, and have kept up that tradition wherever we have lived, except for the UK where it rained like the clappers while we were living there from 2002-4.
And just to wind up, here’s a photo of the herd of sheep which regularly graze in the paddock beside our apartment – to the fury of our four dogs who we have to keep inside as their barking makes the sheep nervous.