Sunday, May 16, 2010

In My Garden

This is one of the plants growing along the pathway, I think it is from the 'Westringia' family, though I am not sure. It has the most beautiful fragrance when you touch the foliage or brush against it, just like a mix of pineapple and passionfruit . . . tiny white flowers in Springtime.

Double white Petunia 'Simply Beautiful', in its new home in the garden. It has the most lovely fragrance and is perfect for growing in a hanging basket because of its cascading foliage.

The variegated leaves of the Canna Lily which I bought for Mothers Day, plus native grass and weeds . . . all garden volunteers welcome! This lily is called 'Tropicana Gold' and hopefully will have bright yellow/orange flowers in the summer.

Fragrant Lavender in the garden beside the paved pathway.

25 comments:

Little Lamb said...

You have a very nice garden. I bet its nice to sit there and enjoy all the fragrance blends together and has a nice smell.

foam said...

inspirational!!

i need to do much better when my back is more in gardening shape

i loooooooooooooove lavender. it's visually appealing to me plus it smells divine.

The Phosgene Kid said...

When you brush the foliage out here you usually come away with a bunch of spines stuck in you.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Lil Lamb

Yes the fragrances of the different flowers and scented foliage do blend together to make a very pleasant aroma ... it is lovely to sit outside or just do some gardening when surrounded by all of these subtle scents which waft on the breeze. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear Foamy
Well that pleases me to hear that you find my post'inspiring'. :)

Be careful with your back, it is important to take care of it Foamy dear.
I spend a lot of time in my garden for that to me is my way of relaxing ... but it is hard work.
Sometimes I feel it is getting beyond me for parts of my garden which I haven't finished yet look like a wasteland and I don't have the energy to do as much as I would like.
I love the lavender, the flowers are so pretty and the perfume is lovely.
I cut it back every year when it gets too tall and hang the stems and flowers to dry to use in little scented muslin bags tied with ribbon to keep in drawers and for gifts.
I sometimes gather a bunch of the different kinds of scented foliage, like the lemon myrtle and tea tree and dry them and put them into pretty embroidered cotton bags, they are lovely for scenting the sheets and towels in the linen cupboard. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Oh poor dear Phossy , gosh those spines do hurt and are so hard to remove ... ouch!
Do you have any other plants besides cacti?
What about some of the pretty succulents, some citrus trees, palms and some of the warm climate plants without thorns which you could enjoy?
You could have your very own green oasis in the desert, with some evergreen trees, palms and underplantings of lovely foliage plants. xoxoxo ♡

Lee said...

It is a lovely time of the year in the garden. But most are, to the garden lover. Thank you for letting us peek through the leaves at yours.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Lee , I too enjoy seeing photos of your lovely garden.
The weather has been really pleasant for gardening and today it is finally raining so my plants and lawn will love that. xoxo ♡

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I admire you getting things to grow in hanging baskets. They are the 'kiss of death' at my part of the world.

dianne said...

Thanks dear J Cosmo
Yes plants in hanging baskets can be a fatal choice, rest assured I have had some disasters as I forget to water them or water too much ... we shall see how long this petunia survives. :)
I did have a beautiful white carpet rose in a basket once but the possums took a liking to the buds and new foliage and eventually it died.
I think the secret is to choose hardy plants like spider plants or even succulents. xoxoxo ♡

/t. said...

i like to keep
a number of larger
flesh eating plants in
my garden as i have many
inconsiderate neighbors who
let their pets and kids run free

love that second image, dianne, with the backlight -- lovely

× × ×

/t.

dianne said...

Thanks dear /t.
I like how the sunlight is backlighting the second image too, the greens of the foliage look so lovely. xoxoxo ♡

Flesh eating plants, haven't heard of those but I do know about inconsiderate neighbours, their kids and pets.

Ruela said...

lovely Dianne!

x

dianne said...

Thank you dear Ruela ,
thanks for stoppping by. xoxo ♡

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I have the most success with my pet rock. Called Cliff. Low maintenance and enormously forgiving if I don't feed him.

dianne said...

Yes dear J Cosmo ,
rocks such as your Cliff are very forgiving,I just water mine occasionally ... I'm sure they study Zen, because they just 'are'.
xoxoxo ♡

J Cosmo Newbery said...

He does have his friend, Sandy, to keep him company...

dianne said...

That is nice to hear dear J Cosmo , everyone needs a friend, even a rock ... if Sandy is a girl maybe they could get together and have little 'rockettes'. :) xoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

The attention that you give to nature is simply wonderful, i love making pictures of leaves and wild mountain flowers....i m not a gardener but i love to see the farmers leave their fields laboured, while on the other side the thick woods and forests beckons me for regular contemplation.
i think of the spirit who gardens the constellations for mankind to learn about peace and respect.... and as much about responsiblities too!

dianne said...

Thank you dear COL
I try to be in tune with the natural ryhthms of Nature, we have so much to be grateful for and to protect.
I think where you live would be very beautiful with your wild mountain flowers and the beautiful trees of the Northern Hemisphere and you don't have to be a gardener to appreciate the beauty of Nature.
Forests are so important, trees are the 'lungs' of the Earth, and the atmospheric conditions in Rainforests are reponsible for seeding the clouds for regular rainfall.
Trees and forests are a soothing place for contemplation and yes the Spirit of the constellations can teach us much about peace and respect, the Earth is our responsibility and we must do more to protect it especially the forests and the oceans as they are our heritage and our future.

Love Dianne. xoxo ♡

puerileuwaite said...

Are you sure about the first one? It sort of looks like a weed.

dianne said...

Yes dear Puggles

I'm sure the first picture is not a weed, it is a lovely fragrant shrub. xoxoxo ♡

Leovi said...

Me encanta el olor de la Lavanda y me han gustado mucho las hojas de la Lily Canna, muy bonitas. Saludos.

Leovi said...

I love the smell of lavender and I have really enjoyed The Canna Lily leaves, very pretty. Greetings.

dianne said...

Gracias querida Leovi, me encanta el olor de la lavanda, que crece en una parte soleada de mi jardín y me encantan las hojas rayadas de los lirios Canna.
Saludos mi amigo! xoxoxo ♡