"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

me-meee ! - seven random garden facts

I tagged myself with this me-mee, I found it on Tea's blog... it is one that I think everyone will like.. I am supposed to list 7 things about my garden.. but like Tea, I will also post 7 photos. I am never sure if anyone is interested in these things but then I remembered Daisy's saying that we are all sticky beaks deep down! So, yesterday, I wandered around my garden wondering what to show you. I wanted a kind of quirky cross section of my garden.. so come with me, I hope you like my choice. . . . .

this name plaque above is on the doorway to Sophie's bedroom. She has her own entrance from the side of the house... the plaque comes from a bed & breakfast that i owned about 10 years ago.. in Mt Victoria about 20 mins away from Woodford. It was a cute mountain cottage for two.. decorated in shabby chic style before it was made popular by - whatever her name is... We supplied a big basket of breakfast goodies, chocolate and wine... and we left our guests be.. a romantic weekend. I ran it for about 4 years and it became quite popular, however, I tired of it and sold it. I kept the name plaque as the cottage had been named after my Sophie as well as the movie. Spider webs mostly are left alone at Inglewood - my grandma called them spiders lace....
above is thistle that is thriving in my garden. A weed ? to some, maybe.. not to me.. the bees love it as do my chooks... so i cultivate it and pull a few each day to give to 'my girls'...

above are my gardening boots - with my feet in them! These are an Australian brand called Blundstone.. they are tough. I have had this pair for over 10 years and not a hole anywhere, they have lost their shape and are a little loose but I love them... very glamourous, don't you think? above is a pot that sits at the bottom of my front steps.... with a small plaque that my dad gave me many years ago... and yes, there are faeries at the bottom of our garden! above is a collection of metal garbage bins that I have collected over the years. I grow my tomatoes in them. The tomatoes thrive because of the heat generated by the metal.. I love these bins... oneday, they will be obsolete.. replaced in favour of the horrible black plastic things we have now. I wonder who lived at number 50?

"Sweet maids of honor, woodland elves!
Frail flowers that arrive with the cuckoo,
Pale lilac, hyacinth purple of hue,
And the little pink geranium,
All smil'd & nodded to see me come."
-Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

I love geraniums. This one above is 'nutmeg' geranium.. a scented leaved plant.

"the faeries and elves of geranium awaken a sense of happiness and stir the heart chakra. In most geranium beds will be found an elf who oversees the entire area. The faeries of this flower strengthen and vitalize the aura. They can also show you where you may be missing opportunities for happiness"

above is a wall plaque that I found on the council cleanup a few years ago. I love council cleanups... there is one happening around our neighbourhood, now. People put their junk out and the council come by and collect it. Each weekend many of us, drive around checking out other peoples piles of junk. It becomes a very social event, actually.

so there are my seven random garden facts.... I am not going to tag anyone because I have no idea who likes to do these things.... I had an aversion to them at one stage. So, grab it if you like and let me know! I may even do a seven random neighbourhood meme oneday soon

today it is raining again..I am going to give my lounge room a thorough clean and then this afternoon, I am off to have a two hour massage. Absolute pure bliss!

*~* I hope your day is filled with butterflies, magick, colour & fripperies! ~*~


Sweetpea said...

enjoy the massage. I just made a hair appointment for back home (it's cheaper there than in London hehe). If I had a garden I would do the meme. I may actually come back and do it next week with pics from Daisy's garden!
I know it's only natural for mums to worry- but those guys are great at looking after us. My friends and I look like a mad crowd nobody dare come near us they are afraid! xx

Felicia said...

I enjoyed the tour of your garden.

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Two hour massage? You lucky girl!!! Well I hope you get the kinks out!
Wonderful garden tour, I think if you decide to do the neighbourhood one I'll join you. My garden isn't much this year, no time. I barely get out there to water it, and yes, it is soul destroying. I love to garden.

kim said...

I enjoyed the tour! Lovely! I'll be glad when we are out of an apartment and I can grow stuff out of doors again.

I also loved the post on Arogite(sp?)

Garden girl said...

I really enjoyed seeing your 7 things in your garden - oh love the boots. I bought back a pair from UK - my mums old ones to garden in and go bush walking in, as they go above the ankles...good against snakes...etc...
enjoy a lovely day!

Peggy said...

enjoyed visiting your garden and wish I were going for a massage too. Everything is dead from the heat here or I would do the me me. Only so much brown dead stuff anyone wants to look at.

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea, I will have to get my camera and show you my garden !!!
I will have to do it while it's still dry outside, so I have to run, because rainclouds are gathering above my house !!!

Anonymous said...

I just love your boots!! They have a lot of character.


Laura Stamps said...

What wonderful photos! Thanks for adding such sweetness to our day with them!

I leave spider webs too. And I speak to spiders when I see them (the Goddess...Grandmother Spider), and try to rescue them when they get in my house. Anyway, spider webs are good for keeping mosquitoes from coming in the house through the front door. By the end of the summer we have quite a few big webs on the front porch...a natural decoration for Samhain!

Many faery xoxoxo to you, dear Robyn!

Anonymous said...

I've made the list !!!! I loved doing it. Thank you for the great idea.

Sheila said...

I hope you enjoyed your massage Robyn. It feels like Fall here today, so I'm hoping that means it will feel like Spring there..?

Gemma said...

This is the kind of meme I enjoy, with pictures and day to day stuff like your boots. They look like they belong to a hedgewitch...

Lisa Oceandreamer S. said...

Well wasn't that just a lovely tour. I really enjoyed seeing all the various bits and pieces of your garden...down to your gardening shoes! I happen to LOVE geraniums and right now the ONLY plants we have are geraniums in pots on our porch.

A 2 hour massage?That's amazing. I can't even imagine that...I don't think I'd be able to walk after that length of time - I'd be like a noodle from being relaxed that long. enjoy!

Anonymous said...

that's so nice to hear, that you are married to a Dutchie !!! Does he still speak the language, or was he too young to remember ???
I will try to make a picture tomorrow, It will have to be dry though ; )
Have a great day !!

Bimbimbie said...

I love these armchair tours, especially with a mug of coffee and a piece of chocolate ..... spider webs get to linger here too. Someone recently told me that thistles are an indication to healthy soil - I'm not sure if that is true, have you heard?
Love the little poem Smiles *!*

Leanne said...

Morning Robyn! that was really interesting, I guess we all have a little 'sticky beak' in us!!

I have decided to take up this challenge and have just posted my seven photos on my blog!

leanne x

Carmen said...

I am tagging myself for the next coming week with this meme, too busy right now.
I am glad for that massage! I want one right now, LOL
Where did you get that information about the geraniums and the chakra? Please share. Thanks!!!

mrsnesbitt said...

Great idea this!
Fancy trying it out over on my blog.....well after i have stripped the stairs.hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm7 random facts about my latest project....hmmmmmmmmm like the sound of that!

Julie Marie said...


So interesting to learn that you had a B&B. So many people say "Oh, what fun to have a B&B, tra la, tra la," but they have no clue what hard work it is. When I worked for the Tribune I interviewed several B&B owners for a story and they told me how much work it is - especially the lady who ironed all her sheets every day. She lived in her basement with the washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.

I have never heard of "sticky beak". Does it mean nosy?