Monday, November 10, 2014

and more books in the garden...


how hectic was that!

I've just waved off the last of the local garden club members (my mumsicle)

who arrived just as the coach-load of U3A members were leaving

and now I need a golly good lie down!

but first here are a few pics from around the garden....

 dontcha just love the form and colour of this protea?

mmmmmm foxglove 

(pink iceberg rose -- note the aphids eek!)

the chimney garden
(oh ok - its a bay tree flanked by two pots of agave ....
and a few pineapple sage chopped down in the background
 but look at my lovely old rust brick chimneys)

the raised beds vege garden -
not quite into the swing of spring production just yet...

 black bamboo
(because I like to live dangerously)

orange topped sticks 
(just because I can...)

phil's potato bed... waiting to be planted with seed potatoes
(because phil likes potatoes and he also likes growing and hoeing potatoes)

yes yes yes - but I promised you BOOKS in the garden didn't I...

wellllllll will 3 colourful book gabions satisfy? 

here's a blue book gabion

and a red book gabion

 and a blue and a red and a blue book gabion

I have been desperate to make a book gabion
for years and years and years
and I am thrilled with the results

YAY for book gabions!

and lastly...

book rock book
on rock

and now for my large cup of tea and a good lie down

(with a nice book)


Sunday, November 9, 2014

books in the garden....

In the post this week
was my bit of paper from Monash Uni
(that Master of Fine Arts is now officially in my hands)

I celebrated by pulling out my book towers
and placed them permanently in the garden....

when you walk into our place now
there - off in the distance
is a tower of sorts...

  (my dear old bimmy-boy is unmoved by towers in the distance
- he is an old hound and he cares little for the whims of arteeeests...
wise hound)

there is it - one half of
pulvis et umbra sumus - 'we are dust and shadows'

perched on a pear stump

the second tower of the work is tucked over in the shadows of the front garden...

 (and you can spy it in all its charcoaled glory from the other side of the garden bed too..)
view from the front verandah

(if you click to embiggen you might be able to spy the two towers....
as well as four of the six hounds)


tomorrow the local garden group is coming for a visit

so we have all been busy making everything neat and tidy

and I have been creating a few other surprises for the guys and gals too

here's a wee insect hotel I created for the local mini beasts...

(the wasps loved the look of the work so much -
they were already checking it out while I was still constructing it!)

oooo goodness - is that the time?
I have so much still to do!

(I have a separate local interest group
coming to visit my studio tomorrow too

I'll show you some of my other garden projects in the next little bit

right now the paths need to be swept,
and the wheelbarrow needs to be moved,
there's a ladder to put away,
and the vegies need to be watered
and... and... and...

oh no! the chooks haven't been fed yet!