Thursday, May 2, 2013

Moving Garden

After almost eight years of developing my lovely garden we have parted ways. The landlords took one look at the garden and decided that they wanted it for themselves - no, not really. They want to do some work on the house so are moving their daughter and her friends into it.

After a few tearful moments upon hearing the news, I went to work sorting out what could be moved from the garden. I sold the garden arch and a row of buxus. Both had been gifted to me and would have been difficult to take to my future garden. I invited family over to help themselves to roses, lavender, rhubarb, raspberries and compost. Despite the removal of quite a few things the garden still looked fine.

I left all my Dahlia's there. It wasn't the right time to lift them and probably best if I start afresh with new bulbs anyway.

Fortunately I was able to collect quite a few seeds. An Autumn house move is probably ideal for the gardener. Transplanting is less traumatic on most plants at this time and it gives me a good opportunity to work on the soil and design of the next garden.

Anyway, I took regular photos over the years of my back yard and this timelapse movie is the result. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bopeep is in business

Exciting news! I've started selling stuff online. After years of dabbling with crafts and sewing and painting and gardening, someone finally pushed me into trying to sell my creations. The first products off the creative turnstile (or my sewing machine) are fabric birds. The large ones are fantastic as doorstops and I especially like making them out of retro blankets. There was a time when those blankets were in every home in NZ and to see them being reinvented is quite heart warming.
This is my website http://www.bopeepdesign.co.nz/

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Shed Gets a Haircut

For the last 6 years we have been gently trimming the Wonga-Wonga (Pandorea pandorana) which covers the shed, but last weekend it was decided that drastic action was neccesary. Even though I liked the fact that the shed was completely hidden under this growth it was getting a little bit out of control. Hopefully it will repay us with new growth in Spring. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More Fun and Games in the Garden

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Fun and games in the garden


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Three legged race



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Egg and Spoon race - Ladies



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Egg and Spoon race - Boys