This week, I ventured out into our garden to face our neglected garden.
I didn't have high hopes from what I could see from the kitchen, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't quite as bad as I thought.
Especially when you zoom in on the details.
My fatsia is hardcore. This was a "test" fastia and I love it. Planning where else I can put more fatsias now...
How many years he has been in our gardens and he still makes me jump.
The lady still hasn't been claimed.
Sunshine and fuzzies.
I find it odd seeing the daisies at this time of year.
It felt inappropriate to be lifting the skirts of the hellebores to peek beneath.
My twisted willow is now towering overhead.
I am pleased with the hardiness of this guy, so trying to plan more of these into a few other places in the garden as well.
A big, fat, bumblebee!
Survived the Winter.
I heart durable plants.
Our secret garden area is starting to grow!
See the beginning here.
I love how the water sits inside.
I do like a bit of chaotic gardening, but really? The gnome stands watch over this explosion of green. I can see daffs, and marigolds and weeds...but what are those carrot type leafy things?! We must have gotten a bit carried away when we were flinging the seeds here and there.
It might be time to call in the in laws again for their expertise.
The neighbouring tree.
This tough marigold did not relinquish her colour to the winter.
The Japanese Maples look set to start their cycle of beauty all over again. Has it really been so long since the last leaf fell? Where has that time gone?!
Even the ferns were hardy.
I suppose we did have a mild Winter.
Things haven't changed at the house.
And that's the way I like it.
Alas, the mega pampas grass is in the process of being removed. I knew they were big, but not that big.
It was a beautiful monster.
My neighbours were right when they told me that they are difficult to get rid of. I'm not even nearly there and after only 2 years, the stalks are so thick.
The feathers have provided much beauty and are now being used as broom sticks for my little people to ride on. They are shedding everywhere "like snow".
I'm pretty sad to see it go, but this big beauty needs to be in a space of it's own. A huge open space that needs filling, by a country house somewhere... not just a corner of the drive that I have been parking in it.
But maybe it will come back, if it really is so hardy...
but for now, it needs to go so that we can get to the fence that needs mending.
I wonder if Annie will bring back some pictures of some gardens in Tanzania!