Sunday, June 17

MY GARDEN



My garden because I made it!

Just 4 years ago the whole area I now call home was nothing more than thistle and stinging nettle, dense, tall and spiteful. It has taken a lot of hard work and many a lavender bath to get to this stage but the benefits are worth every sore moment.
I started with the borders at the front of my home first and they are now well developed and relatively easy to manage.



The addition of the summerhouses have proved to be such a focal point.



The back borders are a little newer, while they are already beautifully developed, the weeds have yet to bow to my authority and the fact that I have neglected this area of the garden so far this summer has not helped at all. Today I put a few hours in and filled my trolley to overflowing from just a 2ft square patch!



No garden would be worth all the hard work unless you could afford a few moments each day to enjoy it, so this afternoon I took position on my sun lounger, between a cloud of lavender and a burst of poppies, in front of the pond and created the sketch below.


Noodler's Ink-A6 Venzia Sketchbook

I plan to colour it in the studio later this evening when Sunday lunch is all cleaned up and my laundry is up to date....oh yes, and I have soaked my sore, tired muscles in a deep lavender bath!

14 comments:

Sharon said...

Beautiful and very inviting! Thanks for sharing it. I always enjoy seeing other people's gardens.

Lynn said...

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your garden. All your hard work paid off, it's absolutely beautiful. I wish you many delightful summer afternoons in it.

juj said...

Thank you for sharing your garden this way - now I have another perspective on it to add to the beautiful sketches you've done. I can see why it brings you such joy - the love you've put into it really shows.

Nancy said...

We just polished off a few bottles of wine - a visit to your garden was a nice way to top off the evening - thanks for the invite!

soulcomfort said...

Beautiful! Can see where you get your inspiration to paint--a love of nature and flowers! Your work is always a delight!
Always, Rita

Cheryl said...

Absolutely stunning. I felt like I was right there walking along the path. Thank you so much for sharing. It made my Monday morning.

Africantapestry said...

A beautiful garden...how I would love to touch and smell it! How can it not be inspiring and invigorating!
Ronell

caseytoussaint said...

What a beautiful place - thank you for sharing it with us, and congratulations on having done an amazing job. I can't wait to see your drawing in full color.

Ian Harrison said...

What a lovely space you have created .... would love to share a wine one day. Also look forward to viewing the finished drawing.

Teri C said...

Gorgeous garden. I want to walk through it!!

SCquiltaddict said...

Beautiful garden!!! What a lot of work you have done!!

Joan said...

What a beautiful spot to sketch! It must be doubly rewarding because you worked so hard on making it such a beautiful garden.

phthaloblu said...

What a beautiful environment to spark your creativity. My own garden is in it's beginning stages, but I hope one day it will do the same for me as yours has done for you. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn said...

What a wonderful garden! It must have taken you a lot of work to get it to look so nice.