Our container should have arrived this week in Melbourne. We were told the ship would dock last Thursday but we haven’t heard anything yet.
We are hopeful.
Mind you, it will be at least another two weeks before we get our hands on our stuff because quarantine officers will be giving them the once over. Australia is very strict when it comes to importing anything into the country by private individuals and so all of our beautiful things will sit around somewhere waiting to be checked; and it isn’t cheap either. $750 up front just for the normal processing. I hope they don’t kick up a fuss about our thirty-five clocks, or the mirror collection, paintings, books, teapots . . .
Of course, there is nothing that can be done to expedite matters and so one is forced to sit tight and wait to be contacted.
And so while we are waiting, why not grab your sun hat and come with me for a walk around our garden.
I purchased this house in partnership with my mother (Mme. O) a little while after my father died. We did not want a big garden as we both had busy lives but we did want somewhere to grow roses and a place to create a terrace for outdoor dining and general lounging about.
That was then but all these years later I find that thanks to AGA I have grown to love gardening and this is one of the reasons that AGA and I will be buying land upon which to build a new house and a new much bigger garden.
But anyway . . .
The roses are looking lovely:
When we moved to this house I planted the roses along the driveway and up to the front door. The recent rather hot summer days have burnt some of the petals but all in all it has been rather a good year:
This rose, which we believe is 'Queen Elizabeth' was presented to my parents by a neighbour when we first arrived in Australia. Do you think that this is the correct name? On moving house I made sure that part of it went with us:
I do like French marigolds. We have a lot of them at present. They always put on a good show.
Now this is a pineapple lily. I have to say that I don't like it. AGA on the other hands, loves it. I have promised faithfully not to kill it as I did (accidentally) his Mother-in-law tongue plant while we were in Germany . . .
Foxgloves are always so lovely. This was a self seeded one that popped up one day. My grandmother used to say that it was wrong to bring foxglove into the house because it would make the fairies angry and the milk would always curdle. In the corner of this photo you will be able to spot some 'Johnny Jump up' violas.
A cherub who in the dim and distant past suffered a French revolutionary accident, having his head accidentally knocked off. Luckily it was able to be reattached.
The Meyer lemon is enjoying itself in a large terracotta pot and I must say that the perfume from the flowers is heady to say the least! Given that lemons are sold for $1 each in the supermarket I can't wait for own ones to get a move on and grow:
This rhubarb was termed 'French' when I purchased it at the local Farmers' market the other week. My father grew champagne rhubarb and as a child I hated it! As an adult my tastes have changed and I like it a lot. I do not know why this is called French Rhubarb. Perhaps they put the word 'French' on it to attract people like me! At the moment it remains in the pot while it acclimatises to the garden. I went to a website called Rhubarb Central to see what varieties there are but the term French Rhubarb was not to be found. Perhaps it is an old name... When my old gardening books arrive I shall look it up and see. That wilted leaf stalk has been removed.
This is a stone pine. It is only a baby at the moment but it is part of the group of plants destined for the acreage we intend to purchase. It is a plant that reminds me of the South of France and Italy.
We are able to grow bougainvillea in Victoria although it is not as prolific as it could be. I do enjoy this plant. I have seen them grown as hedges.
The garden in full swing:
The man-next-door gave my mother (Mme. O) this dahlia. Under the care of AGA it has blossomed and looks lovely!
The bijou herb garden is coming along nicely. Basil, Mint, Apple Mint, Tarragon, Chives, Rosemary, Flat-leafed parsley, Curly leaf parsley, Mme. O's tomato plant; all presided over by Apollo, basking in the sun.
I hope you have enjoyed having a poke around our garden!