A Garden of Color
October 4, 2013
This is not your run-of-the-mill garden, it is a visual feast!
This week the boys and I have been visiting my parents. I have been exploring mum’s garden. I had planned to add a post about low-cost family meal ideas but I have snuck this one in first. I apologise if you were waiting for the other post, it will come next week instead. Grab a cup of tea, relax and feast your eyes on my mum’s garden.
I love looking at other people’s garden’s to see how they have planted their vegetables and herbs. I admire pretty cottage style gardens as I have no luck growing anything that is not edible. I enjoy their free form and color. My mum’s garden includes vegetables and herbs amongst a free form, anything-goes garden, that is a little bit cottage-style.
She has herbs tucked in-between other plants, nasturtiums float across one garden bed edge, while Mint, Rosemary and Vietnamese Mint pop up between lavender, lilies and shrubs.
Fruit trees – Orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, kaffir lime are planted along the fence line.
Wine barrels and an old concrete wash tub are filled with herbs, garlic, spinach, carrots and salad greens.
Treasures and odd bits and pieces are tucked away all over the garden so it feels a little like going on a treasure hunt when you wander around. Mum has been honing her mosaic skills for the last few years so there are many of her colorful art works on the walls as well as pieces of furniture around the yard.
The heater for outdoor entertaining is a recycled water cylinder – nicknamed “The Tardis”
I enjoy the playful nature of my mum’s garden – did you see the mosaic leg sticking up in the first photo? There is another in progress to make a pair. If you look high up in this garden you will find as many things to admire as what is planted and positioned on the ground.
Every time I come home the garden has evolved and changed in some way. Always different than the time before. This garden has never been dramatically impacted by the seasons changing but more so by what mum has decided to mosaic, paint or move around or re-fashion to her current taste.
Do you love a garden full of color and surprises? Does your garden constantly change and evolve?
I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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