Gardens of our Lives

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.

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Alsancak, North Cyprus. Note the wire fencing – to stop our four young dogs eating our plants and digging holes!
Flower boxes, front window
Flower boxes, under our living-room window
Potted plants, summer 2013
Flower boxes and potted plants beside our garden shed, Alsancak, North Cyprus

 

 

View from apartment, Aug 2013
Alsancak, North Cyprus
View from patio looking towards Mediterranean
Alsancak, North Cyprus

 

 

Front of house with Crepe Myrtle tree
Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia
Ferns & palms, front garden
Front Garden, Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia

 

Garden bed, spring 2011 2
Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia
Back garden, from house, spring 2011
Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales

 

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Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
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Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
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Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
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Traralgon, Victoria, Australia

 

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Woodenbong, far north New South Wales, Australia
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Woodenbong, far north New South Wales, Australia

 

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Nelson, Lancashire, UK (this garden was a real shock to our systems as it grow so slowly after the speed plants grow in Australia)
Pingelly, Wheatbelt, Western Australia
Pingelly, Wheatbelt, Western Australia (this was arid, almost desert-like)

 

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Down Street, Boonah, Queensland, Australia
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Down Street, Boonah, Queensland, Australia

 

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Mt French, Boonah, Queensland, Australia
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Mt French, Boonah, Queensland, Australia

 

 

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Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
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 Fremantle, Perth,. Western Australia
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Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia

 

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13 thoughts on “Gardens of our Lives

  1. Gorgeous gardens! What a wonderful post to get me (okay continuing…) dreaming of spring and soon digging in the dirt and growing things in my gardens! Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers, Gina

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    • Yes, he is, Ann, he’s always taking cuttings, popping in plants, working out where to put new plants and so on. When we lived in Fremantle we had a big garden he kept changing around and my friend would walk in and say: “Okay, Mo, where are things in your garden this week?” !!!!

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    • Glad you like the photos. There are two fruits I really miss here in North Cyprus: blueberries and mangoes. I used to love the mango season in Queensland, mangoes everywhere, so I’ll be interested to see what a beauty berry looks like.

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