Monday, September 27, 2010

Holiday projects

I love being home on holidays!  Last week I had a wonderful time pottering around  the house, having a bit of a spring clean  and completing a couple of projects which I have been itching to get started on for a while now.   I am never bored being at home!   I always have more projects on the go than hours in the day.  Today I decided to tackle a few jobs in the garden.  It was a perfect North Queensland day and after a morning of pruning and mulching decided to give my front porch a bit of a zhusing.

First off I decided to give this cute little birdshouse planter a bit of freshen up with a couple of coats of paint.  Unfortunately the bottom of it had wood rot so I found this old planter stand down in my shed and sat it on the top shelf.  It fitted perfectly.    All I need now are a couple of pots of cheery annuals to place inside.  Off to Bunnings tomorrow!

Look at those beautiful mountains in the distance and the varying shades of green everywhere.  I can't remember such a green September - thanks to some early Spring showers.
Bromeliads would have to be one of my all time favourite plants.  Yes, they are incredibly spikey however they are just so low maintenance, drought tolerant and just keep multiplying!   Look at the fantastic colour in this Neoregelia.   I am constantly amazed at Mother Nature.    The Cryptanthus beside it with its thin, crispy leaves was propogated from a cutting given to me by my grandmother nearly 20 years ago.  Yes, I come from a long line of gardeners!   My Nan was always in the garden and was still hand mowing her lawn well into her nineties.   She was such a tiny lady however she had such boundless energy.  My earliest memories of her wielding an oversize cane knife cutting down clumps of guinea grass to make way for a new garden bed!   Her garden was always a picture and it was not unusual for her to be in the garden from early in the morning till late at night.   Plants of all varieties and fabulous swathes of colour.   When I close my eyes, I can still see her tiny frame under a a huge straw hat pottering around in the garden. 
Strung some fairy lights, rearranged a couple of pots and a new cushion cover.   Perfect!  Another completed project.  My "to do" list is finally getting smaller.......
The sign says it all........


  1. I love birdhouses! They're adorable. Kellie xx

  2. Look at your view! You live in paradise! My heart rate goes down every time I visit your bloggy. A-M xx

  3. Wow! What a beautiful part of the world you live in. Amazing!!

  4. I love all of your gardening projects:) You have inspired me to get out and do some garden chores tomorrow if it is a sunny day!! love your birdhouse and your new cushion:) I have to agree with A-M's comment, you do live in paradise...breathtaking views!! ~ Tina xx

  5. Sharyn your garden looks so beautiful, not to mention that incredible view, Location, Location, Location. Love your Adirondack chair at your front door. I bet it feels fantastic to finish off a few projects. You'll need a bit of that paw paw ointment on those hands after all of that work!!!


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