Come walk with me through my garden…

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Some flowers in bloom which my little daughter and I planted.
I love Alyssum and have it growing all over.
This is an Australian Tree fern.  I adore it so much.  Apparently they only grow 2 cm per year.  The previous owners planted it here and it’s still going      strong.
A project my little daughter and I are busy with.  We planted the flowers a weekend ago, and decided the the broken bench must stay.  We planted  Sweet peas around it in the hopes that the sweet peas will grow up the bench and would attract the fairies. 🙂
Lavender.  What can I say, I love Lavender and have huge bushes of it growing all over.
The garden frog who seems to spend his life pondering.


I deliberately walk on the Penny-royal just for the smell.  Don’t you just love Penny-royal too?
A little fishpond in the front which needs some work.  The frogs are loving it though.
The big fish pond in the back.
A work in progress.  This little waterfall runs into the fishpond you saw in (3)  I’m trying to get it to look as natural as possible.  I love having flowing water around.  Love the sound and the feel.


 (Above) The Keeper of the Lavender.
My garden has many lovely nooks and crannies which I will show you more of in future posts.
I hope you enjoyed your walk with me.

76 thoughts on “Come walk with me through my garden…

  1. Thanks for the inspiration! My garden/yard right now is pretty much a blank (and overgrown weedy) slate, so I can only hope I have something half as lovely to show off by this time next year. Beautiful!

    • I will. I battled this morning with the reflection on the water. I’ll try taking a decent pic again tomorrow. The big ones are Koi and there are a few smaller comet fish in there too. There is a very stunning black and orange Koi, but he is very shy. I’d love to get a good shot of him 🙂

      • Then maybe they deserve to be named?
        I gave all our fish names of planetary moons.
        Thus; Titan, Oberon, Ganymede, Io, etc.
        A few are named after literary characters. One, who only has a single eye, is called Pallol, after a Julian May character.
        I can’t claim they respond directly, but they all come to the near side of the pond fro breakfast when I open the door leading onto the stoep every morning. 🙂

      • It’s said Koi are the easiest fish to tame and I have heard or read a few tales where individual fish have responded to their given name.
        Never seen this but I reckon it is quite likely.
        I found naming the fish makes them more part of the menagerie. Might sound nuts but there you go. Of course it also hurts a bit more when one of them dies.
        But this infrequent if their living conditions ( water quality being number one) are sorted out.
        But you know all this stuff, of course, so who am I preaching to !
        BTW. Do your spawn? And have any baby fish survived?

        Some of our fish are getting on a bit.
        One, Titan, is solid black. I bought him as a gift for the Missus. He was a baby, about the size of my hand.
        Cost 400 rand! he is quite a special fish.
        He has never been sick or picked up any sort of disease and shows no signs of slowing down.

        He is 16 years old!

      • WOW! 16 is a wonderful age. I have a post which I did sometime ago (will find the post) where one of the koi was dying, I put him in the bath and managed to get him going again, took quite a while; he is still alive now and he always comes swimming to the top when I go there. I actually chat with him, as daft as that sounds. My fish do spawn, that is why I seem to have so many I think.

  2. Lovely collage of photos of your garden. Would love to take a walk through the garden with you! I can smell the perfume of the lavender … Nice post, Michelle. 🙂

  3. Stunning pictures as always! I need to re-do all of my landscaping. It is 16 years old and needs to have some structure put back in…things go wild after a few years of growing. We have lots of autumn clematis on the fence for screening…now it is trying to grow everywhere! Sweet pea is one of my very favorites, although I have not been able to get it to grow in my yard. Might have to try again. 🙂

  4. Lovely garden and equally lovely is your post…!!! You are bringing nature closer to your daughter, which is a great stuff….Wish your garden grows more and more, perpetually…!!!

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  6. What a beautiful garden you have… I love lavender and Penny royal… but my favourite is water features, nothing quite like the sound of running water to set the mind at peace…

  7. Your garden is beautiful, like a public garden, youshould charge for peple to see it. 🙂 I am sure it is hard work too! Keep it up and we look forward to see more! So beautiful!

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  9. What a beautiful garden, Hope. I love the idea of the seat. It’s to beautiful to get rid of it and I can imagine how it will get when it’s full of green and flowers…so romantic 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂

  10. Beautiful pics and garden! I want to have a garden, to be involved with it, to nurture it, but, it’s too much work. I’m lazy, by choice. My brothers and sisters garden very well, maybe I will one day.

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