It's spring Down Under and this month I'm sharing some recent snaps from my farm garden.
|I wish I could share the glorious fragrance of the climbing rose Zepherine Drouhin that grows near our vegetable garden|
My dear husband put in a lot of work over the winter (I was too busy writing to share much of the burden!) and our cottage-style garden is looking its best.
|Our flowering cherry - sadly no fruit!|
We have a cool winter and a hot summer and fruit, iris, roses and spring-flowering bulbs thrive.
|I love columbines|
In the last weeks the iris have been superb and the roses have just started.
|Our climate is perfect for iris|
We had the threat of bushfire last week but thankfully all we could smell was the fragrance of roses.
|I love the bold shape of artichoke, here with clematis and sage in flower at the front|
We grow vegetables too though it can be a hit or miss affair as to when we actually get them planted!
|Lots of lettuce!|
The cats are constant companions in the garden and tend to photo bomb any opportunity they can.
|Rhubarb, too - those are its flowers that I cut off so all the growth goes into the edible stems|
The horses, little bulls and chickens all contribute to the garden with fertilizer.
|Cindy is always nearby|
My husband often lets the horses into the garden but not so much at the moment as the lettuce is a huge attraction. They nibble on the camellias too which makes me rather cranky!
|Ivy helps too|
At the moment I’m writing a story that features a rather grand garden. Mine is not on such a scale but it is lovely to be able to walk outside and feel inspired.
|My husband worked all his winter weekends to put in this new path|
Are you of the green-thumbed or brown-thumbed type of gardener? Do you have a favorite flower? Do you enjoy growing vegetables or herbs? I’d love to know!
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Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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