Photo day: In Our Garden

After talking about the neighbourhood gardens the other day, I decided to take a look at what flowers were growing in our garden. The drought of the last couple of years has really given our garden a knock, as we haven’t been allowed to water our garden at all. The plants left standing are mostly the bigger shrubs and trees. After the good rains of a couple of weeks ago, our garden is now a spectrum of all the shades of green you can imagine. But there are few “real” flowers. We don’t have the traditional roses, carnations etc. That doesn’t mean there are no flowers though. In one corner of our front yard (to which  our destructive little dog does not have access!) is this palm tree with a lot of ground covers and small herbaceous plants surrounding it. These have literally come to life again since the rains.

Palm tree "garden"

The varied colours of foliage alone are very pretty, but if you look more closely, you also see these little flowers . . .

Tiny flowers

And these windswept little yellow flowers . . .

Windswept flowers

And these “butterfly flowers” dancing in the breeze . . .

"Butterfly flowers"

And this white daisy with its very own bug . . .

Daisy plus bug

So one really needs to take the time to appreciate the little things.


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8 Comments on “Photo day: In Our Garden”

  1. November 26, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    How lovely – makes me feel homesick! Enjoy your beautiful garden and the colours and the sunshine – thanks for sharing the photos. Everything is about to be covered in snow over here!
    Sunshine xx

    • November 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      Snow can be nice too. Walking when it has snowed is lovely. And just think when we’re having a soggy winter (or not, if there’s still a drought!), you can post lovely photos of the English Spring.

  2. November 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Fabulous photos! I especially love the daisy with its very own bug one!

    • November 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

      That’s my favourite too. It isn’t growing near the palm tree, but I felt I just had to include it! 🙂

  3. November 28, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    It looks like there are a lot of hidden treasures in your garden!

    I really like the photo of the palm tree, especially with the creeper plants that grow around it. Do you let the creepers grow as they will, or do you trim them from time to time?

    • November 28, 2010 at 11:43 am #

      Our gardener does neaten them up from time-to-time, but not too radically. They also die back in the winter.

  4. November 30, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Agreed: the little things in life are the building blocks of life’s true joy.

    • November 30, 2010 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I have been lurking on yours for a while now. 🙂 Maybe I should comment more?

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