10 Nov 2011

Self indulgence

An unknown red floribunda in the Red and Green Garden.

Looking up into the canopy of trees in the courtyard.

Rosa 'Madame Isaac Perriere' with happy little 'Johnnie-jump-ups' in the background.

The splendour of 'Abraham Darby' lining the front fence.

Rosa 'Pierre de Ronsard' covers the pillars of the front verandah. If only he were scented, he'd be pretty near perfect.

Butterfly catching in the Side Garden near the front steps.

Callistemon 'Kings Park Special' and other bottlebrushes in the Native Garden. The firepit in the distance.

The English Garden - notice the concentration on Jemimah's face. The Small Citrus Butterfly, Papilio anactus is proving difficult to net.

The cluster flowered Hybrid Musk Rosa 'Buff Beauty' hedge is more than 30 metres long. It is underplanted with blue Agapanthus.

The lovely once flowering Rambler Rose - Rosa 'Albertine'.

The front steps.

Peaceful greens in the Front Garden.

Broccoli, cucumbers, courgettes, mixed lettuce, basil, coriander, tomatoes, Thai basil, rocket, strawberries, silverbeet and chives vie for space in the Kitchen Garden along with the apple trees and pots of herbs. The Children's Garden and Jemimah's cubby in the background.

The Native Garden again.

The White Garden.

And again close-up. Rosa 'Heideschnee' at the back.

This was so pretty I went a picked a bunch of these blooms after seeing this photo. They're sitting at the table as we do maths. Larkspurs, 'Love-in-a-mist', 'Kiss-me-quick' and a David Austrin rose that I can't remember the name of.

More larkspurs in the English Garden.

And again.

' Albertine' again smothering the concrete tank in the Courtyard.

'Buff Beauty' as seen through an arch of Rosa 'Clair Matin'.

This is the post where I shamefacedly show off my garden in its spring glory.

In reality it is not all beautiful. There are many areas where the flood has left its mark - lovely tall trees are dead or dying; the native garden in particular has taken a beating. Natives really do not like getting their toes wet.

This post, though, is not about that.

My garden right now is giving me incredible pleasure each and every day. This post is about the good parts.

I hope these pictures of my Peaceful Garden will give you a bit of pleasure also.


  1. It's so good to see your garden lookin beautiful again, Jeanne!

  2. What a pleasure to tour through your incredible garden...Love the photo of Jemimah catching butterflies! Thanks for posting all these pictures, can't wait to show Dave these, he will be delighted! xxx

  3. Oh my Jeanne, your garden is beautiful! The roses are just amazing and your home is looking gorgeous surrounded by all that beauty. Love Jemeimah's red shoes too! :)

  4. Lovely garden! I'm glad it has recovered to this point. Thanks for showing us its beauty.

  5. Beautiful! I love the rose vines on the front porch.

  6. Glorious, glorious! It's the garden I *dream* of having, only it takes a lot of work. :-) Do you take tea on the verandah beside the roses? I would. Every day. With a cupcake, too.

    Thanks for sharing, Jeanne. You made my heart happy.

  7. Oh my! Please self indulge more! I absolutely adored the tour!

  8. What a gorgeous garden. I thought you were showing us some wonderful public garden tended by a professional full time gardener to find out it was your very own garden tended by love and dedication. Oh I could very easily curl up in your backyard and read until my heart was content. How do you ever get any work down with that delightful view from every window? I'd have to install blinds!!

  9. It is so beautiful, thank you for sharing. Was that Busy Lizzie I saw in your garden, the one with the pink flower. I have been wanting some of that for ages but it appears to be hard to find in the nuresy.

  10. Lovely--what a beautiful outdoor "home" you have. I love the Rosa 'Pierre de Ronsard---so beautiful. I bet the scent is divine too! Enjoy--it's all going brown fast here. We've already had frost so snow can't be too far off.

  11. Wow! So glad to see your beautiful garden again!

  12. oh Jeanne, your garden looks delightful....absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely sight for you when you walk outside to stroll around your yard....!


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