17/52: no arch enemies here

 As with serial planting, a recurring theme or two can help unify your landscaping and decorating into a complete unit. My fondness for arches is evident in my garden.

Starting with the front door and welcome sign, through to the back yard with a variety of arches, the theme continues. arches in my garden (13)

arches in my garden

The garage has two arches, in the form of both the window and the side door.

arches in my garden (9)

arches in my garden (11)

The patio features a number of arches, with a cane unit, fence and table decorations.

arches in my garden (2)

arches in my garden (10)

arches in my garden (12)

  arches in my garden (4) Even the doormat is arched.

arches in my garden (7)

My little propagating area is decorative and functional.

arches in my garden (14)

I think my favourite is the arch over which I have trained asparagus fern.

arches in my garden (8)Then, past the patio and pergola area another arch leads to the rest of the back yard.

arches in my garden (3)

The original arch in our yard was probably the rose arbour, which set off this continuing love of arches. And, knowing me, it’s not over yet!

arches in my garden (5)

16/52: present purr-sonalities: shadow

Having recently featured Zorro in his own special post, today it is Shadow’s turn. A black cat, with a little dash of white, at fourteen he is now flecked with grey, taking after his human “dad”.

His voice is higher-pitched than Zorro’s, possibly similar to comparing a tenor to a semi-baritone. One of his strange features is the way he purrs. He seems to purr backwards, as though he is breathing in while making the noise, a little like a gentle snoring.

I have “trained” him to “kiss”. Of course, if he feels like it. When food is involved it is more likely to happen. Imagine standing, bending down a little, clicking your fingers near your face, and Shadow balances on his back paws and basically head-butts your cheek. When it works it is quite adorable, but don’t try to do it in company because it rarely happens in company.

It’s the same when you try to do a photo shoot with a cat. They look so gorgeous most of the time, you’d think it would be easy, but again, they can treat you with disdain while you are trying to get them ready for their closeup.

Closing his eyes just as the photo is taken

Oh mum, can you see I’m not in the mood?

Look to the left

Which direction did you want me to face?

Look to the right

I’m tired of this whole procedure. May I take a rest? Well, I will anyway, if it’s all the same to you.   Tired of the proceedings


15/52: japanese windflowers

A lovely sight to behold down the laundry side of the house in autumn are the japanese windflowers  Anemone x hybrida.

They have beautiful foliage, which remains attractive for months, but it is when they flower they really come into their own. In clothing I am definitely not a pink person, but various shades of pink in the garden can add another colourful dimension.

Anemone x hybrida Anemone x hybrida foliage Japanese windflowers

14/52: rocks in my head

While some people may think this is a metaphorical truth, in reality I speak of my planning process. Some days I work quite hard in the garden, and at times I wander around just looking, thinking and planning.

Many ideas go through my head while strolling about the yard, some which take me off on total flights of fancy. For example, there was the time we came back from  a trip to France and I was envisaging building a second storey just so we could have a balcony. I came to my senses fairly quickly, as that would have been very expensive. Perhaps I might just enjoy the architecture when I am actually in France.

After Thailand I came back pumped about a tropical garden, but this idea has actually come to fruition.

Currently there are rocks swirling around in my head, ready for some revision. Whereas stone walls are permanent, single rocks or groups thereof can be rearranged as required. Usually these rearrangements involve more than one area, so it takes some thinking about. Okay, if I move those rocks over there, that means this area needs something else, and so on. Weeks may pass before I actually work on that project, but it has had time to agitate about my mind and change a few times before I even tackle the task.

Rocks can be rearranged to accommodate the growth of plants as well, such as in the front garden. The large rock featuring in the second photo was obscured by plant growth.

where the marigolds were

featuring large rock

I’ve tidied up the side of the driveway and the edge of the footpath using bricks and rocks I was given, in addition to rocks I already had. The whole job only cost me time and labour, and gave me much satisfaction. I even used old weathered palings to extend the bottom edge of the fence next to the driveway.

needing a makeover   edging done and fence repaired

front corner