Friday, 13 December 2013

The Cottage garden

 Peeking through the avocado trees to see the villa and roses.

We have had a lot of rain - not that I am complaining the garden is enjoying it and the water tanks are full (good thing for summer)- but it is limiting me to the amount of time I can get outside and tend to the weeds.I so wanted the place spic and span for when people arrive with their cats. I'm going to be a busy girl over the next few weeks as cattery is full

 I'm rather partial to any flower that has a five star, 
love in the mist funnily enough symbolises embarrassment and perplexity.

As viv has pointed out in comments Love in the mist is also known as Devil in a bush
referring to the seed pod with spiked horns

 Another Hollyhock has opened they symbolise ambition, fecundity and fruitfulness
Isn't nature amazing look at the ruffles on the hollyhock - just perfect

Hydrangeas are symbolic of remembrance, they do take me back to being at my grandmothers house. They also symbolize  boastfulness, heartiness and cold beauty due to their flowers having no scent.

19 comments:

  1. Lovely, Leanne :-) The vista looking up at the cottage is very nice!!

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    1. Can't quite see our house from the road any more with all the natives growing - it's becoming quite a little hide away - perfect.
      Love Leanne

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  2. Your garden is so pretty Leanne, loving those gorgeous hydrangeas, mine are still a way off flowering...

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    1. Thanks Nicky, but lots of weeds with seeds eeeek I'm itching to get weeding or I'll have 7 years of lots of weeding if I don't get on top of it.
      Love leanne

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    1. I'm a real fan of spring and summer everything is awake and celebrating.

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  4. Absolutely stunning flowers. A sight for sore eyes as I sit her in 5 layers of clothing and the thermometer is holding steady at 15 degrees & frozen fog is causing cars to go sliding in every directions. There is nothing I need so badly that would cause me to go out & drive with the crazies.
    Happy to hear the cattery is fully booked for the holidays. Hopefully everyone will behave & enjoy their vacations with you - better make a big batch of mince they all seem so fond of. Perhaps a bit of rabbit mince would be a special treat (teehee). I hope you will be getting a break from school over the holidays while you are so busy with kitty guests. I hope the rain lets up so the weeds don't overtake the gardens. Weeds always seem to grow 4 times faster than the flowers when they get plenty of water- damn things.
    Keep calm & carry on.

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    1. brrr nothing makes me go out at this time of year I hate crowds, malls and consumerism. On line shopping has been happening here. Yep cattery all booked I'm all organised the delivery man dropped off kitty litter and cat food yesterday - Our cats are hanging out in the cattery this week (they do so love it out there). No rabbit as the boys are busy working but there will be turkey Christmas day for the cats. Yes I've taken a week off the study - will get back to the books on the 20th Dec.My week coming will be spent in the garden if weather permits.and cleaning of the oven too (blech)

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  5. Everything looks so colourful and healthy. I've just done a post celebrating the rain too. It's making everything grow so fast.

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    1. Oh yes the rain has been perfect everything is thriving. Off to catch up on your blog. Love Leanne

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  6. I really like love in a mist flowers---so ethereal. I was certainly perplexed when I learned that an alternative name for it was devil-in-a-bush. Hummmmmmm. But then when I saw the seed head it all made sense. That's the thing about common names----they can describe different seasons of the same plant perfectly but be very much at odds with each other.

    Victoria
    Indiana USA

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    1. Hi Viv thanks for the heads up of also known as devil in a bush. I've just uploaded a photo - isn't folklore fun!

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  7. Hello Leanne, Hollyhocks are one of my absolutely favourite flowers ever !!! Did you know you can dry your love in a mist seedhead -?? They are quite gorgeous when they go into a seed head, also I dry hydrangea heads most years about Feb/March when they feel papery. Your garden is looking particularly lovely :-)

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    1. Ahhh snap hollyhocks are one of my very favs as well. I stole some seeds off a plant (I reached over the fence) and I know the person (RIP) who planted them will not mind one little bit, (but their family might). I am soo hoping they will grow - they are not doing that well even tho I am speaking ever so nicely to them and planted them by the moon last moon cycle. I still have some more seeds in case these seedlings flop. I hope they get cracking and thrive soon. If I can get them to grow and seed I'll send you some.

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    1. thanks looking forward to spending some tending time in it this week coming. I've been looking at properties to buy a rental and I come home feeling really blessed having soo much land and privacy

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  9. your garden is fabulous. mine is about to be buried in snow! my fingers are crossed!

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    1. LOL giggle giggle I don't think I'd cope in the cold but I sure enjoy looking at your photos of snow. We are hoping for a sunny day here for Christmas so we can spend the day at the beach.

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  10. All of your flowers are absolutely GORGEOUS!
    hughugs

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