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)

209/366: albino asparagus fern

The asparagus fern growing on the eastern side of the backyard originally came through under the fence from the neighbour’s garden. I like the delicate lacy fronds, although the thorns it carries are a dramatic contrast.

It grew well, particularly because we didn’t plant it ourselves. It crept up into the trusses of the pergola, which necessitated cutting it back. One piece that I didn’t pull down has now dried and faded to a beautiful creamy colour, hence the albino title, which complements the colour of the shadecloth and timber it is surrounded by.

106/366: makeover magic

Having been so busy in the garden with multiple projects since starting this daily blog, I have neglected some areas requiring maintenance. As I eat my breakfast, I see the patio. Why not give this area a revamp since I look out at it every day?

The old adage of a stitch in time saves nine can be true in the garden also. I had to tackle a number of problems before I could work my makeover magic.

The Black-eyed Susan needed cutting back, as it was entwining itself around anything and everything. Unfortunately, I had been untangling it and carefully trimming extraneous vines when oops, I mistakenly cut the wrong one and ended up losing the whole lot. Oh well, it may grow again.If not, at least I still have photos of it!

Meanwhile, the asparagus fern had been having a party of its own, wrapping itself around branches, as well as the string of LED lights that I had placed on the bush some months ago.

Once all that was cut back and detangled, I utilised my earlier vision to create an arched effect. Adding a few pots, I actually spent no money on the whole job, because I recycled and relocated things we already had. Another achievement!

90/366: pressed for time

What a surprise! I went outside to do something entirely different, and ended up taking a stroll down Memory Lane, a place I often like to visit.

I managed to be distracted by the Black-eyed Susan, a flower of which was lying on the patio. Even when I cut it back, it manages to find a way to survive. Maybe I’ll train it onto some trellis where I would prefer it to be? It seems to be having a battle with the Asparagus Fern.

Aha, I thought, it might be a good idea to press that. Not having pressed any flowers for years, I sourced the flower press. Even though I am rather a hoarder, most of the time I can still find things, though the percentage of success varies.

My trip to the past involved finding some flowers I had pressed from bouquets my daughters had received at the end of the Calisthenics year in 1994. I must remember those, as they could be used successfully for scrapbooking, a hobby I plan to return to in the winter months.

My favourite finding was the flower that looks almost like a water colour painting. Now, that’s a sample of life imitating art.