Over the weekend we had some glorious rain, something our region hasn't seen since the first week of March, and within a couple of days this garden we've been carefully watering, tending, pruning and weeding simply sprung to life with such vigour that now, as soon as my feet hit the floor each morning I head outside to walk around barefoot on the cool grass and see what new things I shall discover.
Like these pink buds which have simply 'appeared' on an almost bare tree we cannot identify...
...and the blue cheeked Rosella who feasted on seeds from one of our many grevillias until Tom the cockatoo swooped down to shoo it away.
It seems that each new day brings with it more opportunity to work in the garden and there is simply no time to be bored or lazy - though my aching muscles would very much prefer it if I took a lazy day or two soon.
Mr E has been pruning the trees and larger shrubs...
...and I am gathering seeds from the old basil we brought with us, drying pruned off cuts from the large jade plant for re-potting next weekend, catching seeds from bursting desert rose pods and planting more things in both pots and in the ground.
I thought this looked a bit like a plant UFO when I first saw them growing on all the desert roses throughout the garden...
...but then one burst open and a lot of fluffy things flew out and began to drift past on the wind, which was when I realised these were desert rose seeds so I quickly gathered as many as I could and have them safe in a jar while I read up on planting them.
The jade plant near our front door was so huge that I had to trim quite a lot off, though to look at it now you'd still say its rather large...
...but I've kept a dozen or so good pieces which I shall plant in pots once the ends dry out and grow over. In the meantime they make a lovely centrepiece on the outdoor table.
I finished gathering the basil seeds from the few plants we brought with us as one by one they have bolted with the onset of hot weather...
...whilst the remaining leaves have been used in many lunches and dinners.
Saturday lunch was simple pizzas made on naan bread bases. Delicious once baked, though I forgot to take after photos.
Early Saturday morning we drove around to check out a few garage sales and I'm so glad we did!
The week before we'd been pricing large glazed planter pots at Bunnings but they were a bit out of our budget so I asked God if He would please provide good affordable pots one day.
Well, after finding nothing we needed at the the first five garage sales, the final two were meant for us. We bought four large glazed pots for $25, half the price of a single pot at Bunnings, and they were in perfect condition. I used Mr E's muscles to load them in the Jeep and then we headed off to the final garage sale where we bought this beautiful huge fern...
My beloved thought I'd like it near the kitchen window so when I looked out I could see it, but the problem was I couldn't see anything BUT the fern. LOL!!
So we have moved it to the side of the carport and it's thriving there.
God is good all the time!
Never think something is too small or insignificant for God. I pray for a carpark at the shopping centre or down by the beach ALL the time and sometimes Mr E laughs at me, but you know what, I always get a car park close to where I need to be. He is my Dad, my Heavenly Father, and I am His child...when I have a need, any need, I ask Him about it, and I believe my asking makes Him happy because I'm turning to Him just the way my little children used to turn to me. And His word tells us to be as a child in the way we relate to Him so I sure intend to stay little in His eyes.
Other things found in the garden after the rain that I can identify are blooming bottlebrush...
...a double hibiscus...
...and a few brilliant orange ixora.
New plants we've purchased are a yellow kalanchoe...
...and an olive tree which we planted in one of the glazed pots after we read it grows 7 metres high by 7 metres wide! At least this way we can keep it small, though I do hope to get olives one day as I'd love to learn how to prepare them in brine.
I also found some succulents in small pots beside the pool, hidden under larger plants. They were root bound so I've separated them and planted the many smaller sections through the garden and in some old plastic pots to see if they take.
This is another gorgeous flowering shrub that I haven't been able to identify. Do you know what it is??
On Monday Blossom came over with her girls for the day and we had such a lovely time. The little ones scattered toys from one end of the living room to the other, played in the pool (my muscles ache from carrying Cully May around and around and around in the water - "More nana!"), gobbled up lasagne, bread and rock cakes, and generally had the most wonderful day.
You can't buy those kind of days so treasure them.
Goodness, I've gone on a bit today, but before I sign off you should know that the new issue of The Stitchery Club was emailed to all my club members today, and for those of you who are not members I have added it to my shop - just in case you'd like to stitch lots of pretty Christmas stockings.
Do you like my new logo and pattern cover?
Over coming weeks my shop will have a lovely makeover and a number of new/old patterns will appear on it's shelves to download, all with the new logo and cover. In fact my blog will get a makeover too. Have to admit, giving the blog a makeover is one of my favourite things to do.
Shop HERE for Elefantz patterns.
And if you'd like to see what's coming in the November issue of The Stitchery Club just pop over there for a peek.
I'll be back on Friday with your next pattern in our Alphabet Pincushions Stitch-a-long.
Does your name begin with "H" I wonder??
Until then, may your days be blessed and your nights feel like a soft pillow of peace...