On Gardening

When Stu and I first bought our home, our backyard was bare and filled with holes, a few really old fruit trees and random patches where grass simply wouldn't grow. In our minds, however, we always envisioned a garden full of beautiful flowers and a good-sized kitchen garden. We're not quite there yet, but there has been some progress.

Stu had been working hard on levelling the backyard, filling it up with literally tons of soil and sand. He also did a really good job of building a garden bed that curves around the perimeter of the backyard, framed by sandstone pavers. Yes I am so incredibly lucky that Stu is such a handy man to have around the house.

As soon as the garden bed was complete, we went to the local nursery and spent a little fortune on flowers to fill the garden with. I picked up a few pots of ranunculus.
Various pots of hydrangeas
Sweet miniature dahlias
And not pictured, we also bought pots of lavender and star jasmine for a hedge and about a dozen gardenias. I'm loving forward to everything bursting into bloom, how wonderfully perfumed would my garden be then?

55 Responses to On Gardening

Meream said...

Gosh you are always to productive! From cooking to gardening to other kinds of stylish thing!

Sharlynn said...

Oh my, I'm a huge gardener, my dad and I used to always visit nurseries to get plants when there was a huge one near us. It's us two who keep the garden full of plants. We've got some fruit trees that still bloom and I seasonally try to plant chillis, pumpkins, flowers and the easiest of all papaya trees and spring onions.

I love working in the garden, brings me joy, I wish we had the weather to plant flowers like those here! Great post!

Kari said...

Lovely!

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

I have the opposite of green thumbs:p but those flowers are just pretty!

Tania said...

Hydrangeas would be my all time favourite flower. All the hard work will be worth it in the end, but a garden always is a work in progress. A (usually) fun one though.

Pamela RG said...

It is your garden of love. Your choices of flowers are beautiful! Your garden will grow and bloom overtime.

Shirley Tay said...

Wow, those flowers are so beautiful! Wish I've green hands like u do. Amazing!

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Kimmie said...

Very pretty!

cquek said...

Love these posts, they’re so atmospheric.

cquek said...

Love these posts, they’re so atmospheric.

tinajo said...

LOVE your flowers, so very pretty! :-)

oomph. said...

my thumb is not so green when it comes to taking care of flowers! i love a lush garden, though!

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Anouka said...

What beauties! Thank you for sharing these photos. You can tell that they're taken care of with lots of love.

LUXESSED

Patricia González Fernández said...

i relly love the dahlias =)

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These pictures are gorgeous!

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Debie Grace said...

Hydrangea is my favorite flower! So pretty!! :D

caise said...

beautiful flowers

Olga said...

Lovely pictures! Its nice to learn some new names! I'm not a huge gardener, but I love how beautiful flowers can become when you a one! I just have some cactus in my place, they are true survivors!

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Gillian said...

It's going to be so pretty! I love hydreangas, especially when they are cut and dried in the autumn.

Gloria said...

I love love love ranunculus! So jealous of your beautiful garden!

Camila Carneiro said...

I think it's safe to say you and your hubby have a green thumb :)
Beautiful pictures!
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sarah s. said...

The hydrangeas are so PRETTY! I can't wait to get started on our backyard. It too was (and still is) pretty bare when we bought our house this past Jan.
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aliceinbo said...


I love the Hydrangea, in Spain we call it Hortensia. There are a lot, the most beautiful are the blu ones!

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rooth said...

Beautiful - I can't wait until it all starts blooming. I've been looking at growing some herbs but still haven't made the jump yet

Marie said...

Lucky you who have a garden! I only have a balcony, tiny, but cute :) I LOVE flowers and think you made some great choices! Can´t wait to see have it turns out when it´s completely done!
xx Marie

Hanna & Christel said...

Lovely pics!

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ginanorma said...

YOU both have done a beautiful job!

I so wish I could garden, my physical limits don't allow it, but I so adore seeing others work on their gardens and yards, these pictures are so beautiful, nice work:)

Laura Go said...

OOOH flowers! I am hopeless when it comes to growing things, but i did have a mini plot last summer where i grew herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. :) Those are super easy compared to an actual garden though!
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honey my heart said...

ooo, hydrangeas and dahlias. so pretty!!

Sam said...

Your florals look beautiful, isn't it so rewarding seeing a garden you've worked on turn out this wonderful and colourful!

Carrie said...

i love how productive you and your husband are. it's really cool. i always looks forward to visiting your blog. these flowers are absolutely beautiful!

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sonia de macedo said...

Thats so cool! I've been more interested in gardening lately and seriously dream of a garden full of flowers! Heavenly!

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Bree said...

Oh my, how lovely! These flowers are so beautiful. I especially love the dahlias. :D

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Stephanie said...

Beautiful flowers!

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becca said...

this is going to be so great! all those flowers are terribly gorgeous.

Briseidy said...

soo pretty! I would love to have a garden!

Courtney Starr said...

Theyre so beautiful!!

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黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Waking up to beautiful garden everyday, that's nice !

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

wow! so many beautiful flowers, i love the colours alot :) i wish our garden have those, and lots of roses too :)

Paulina said...

Pretty flowers :)

Gigi said...

Sooo pretty! I love flowers.

lizchewy said...

The flowers are lovely. I am hopeless at keeping plants alive >-< Good luck with the rest of your garden.

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Camila Faria said...

Such beautiful flowers! I've always wanted to have a pretty garden like that!

Elle Sees said...

it's looking great so far!

Punctuation Mark said...

i love having flowers... apartment living allows for very little gardening but you leanr to deal with it.. ha!

Ninon said...

Beutiful flowers! You can easily see that you spent a lot of energy and love for that garden - it was totally wirth the effort! :)
Hope you and Stu will spent countless hours of happiness in there! :)

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Winnie said...

Those flowers are gorgeous, they are going to look even more amazing when they are settled in more in your garden!

Becca @ The Beauty Sample said...

SOOOO pretty--you have some of my absolute favorite flowers growing in there! Ranunculus and star jasmine and gardenias!!! Mmmm I can almost smell it!! :D

helen said...

these are really beautiful and colorful! can't wait to see how the garden turns out :)

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

LOVE the flowers you've chosen! We've spent the past two years removing all the overgrown bushes from our backyard (it was so dense you couldn't even see the back fence from our back deck when we bought our house!). Now we have a lovely level grassy backyard. Step two is flowers. We have just planted Orange Jasmine in our front yard to hopefully turn into a hedge.

I hope to get some pretty flowers next!

x Jasmine

iris said...

Hydrangea are pretty much my favorite. Great taste :)

Pink Ronnie said...

These are just beautiful, Trishie. Would love to come smell your garden one day. :)
Ronnie xo