Preserving images of the garden in all it's glory keeps me motivated to maintain the weeding and pruning.
We watered for the first time last evening as there has been no rain and things were looking rather parched.
The peach coloured Rothschild variety azalea
is putting on quite the show
it's sweet, almost tropical, fragrance is heady.
The wee chartreuse euphorbia has filled in the front bed
(it's invasive so beware!)
The box wood has grown since I put it in last year and is looking rather sharp.
The azalea was purchased many years ago
we were inspired by Veronica Milner's estate and garden near Qualicum Beach.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana stayed there when they visited many moons ago.
The garden is now open to the public and I must get back up there sometime soon.
Perhaps this summer for a tour and some tea
you might like to visit...
Chairs at the ready
tea on the porch
sitting and watching
listening to birdsong
chatting with the passers by...
Gardening requires stamina and I find now that I can only toil for a few hours before resting.
When I was in my 40's I could work for 8 hours in a day
now that I am nearing 60 I am more comfortable working 3 or 4 and then taking a break.
Gardening is particularly hard on the hands and though I wear gloves I need some extra help.
Lotion is often applied before putting on my gloves and there is a warming effect that takes place when working
and the lotion is absorbed at the same time.
( a mini spa treatment! )
Here's a helper
I rub it into my cuticles and let it soak in.
I keep it by my lap top so it's handy
and then I remember to use it.
There's a long weekend coming up and I plan to plant seeds in the vegetable garden
and go shopping with my BFF for a dress suitable for a summer garden wedding.
What have you planned to do this weekend?