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This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

34 sleeps to go

34 sleeps to go till the open garden weekend. Despite temptation I have managed to retain my gardening integrity by doing nothing different to what I usually do.
That means that I have continued to fill gaps either with transplants or by buying small plants.
It means that I have continued to arrange and re-arrange the garden whenever I needed to, using my Potential Future Vision.
It means that I haven’t bought large plants to achieve an instant effect.
It means that I haven’t used annuals to plug gaps.
Last weekend I was even brave enough to have a party here to celebrate J’s third birthday.  

15 comments:

  1. Oh you must be sooooo excited! And so nervous! I wish I were a bit closer and could come visit too... your garden is looking WONDERFUL!

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  2. Good luck. It must be so tempting to 'tart' things up. But you have such a lovely garden already.

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  3. How I wish I could be there to see your garden. You are a true gardener with vision! From what I can visit online, it looks absolutely beautiful and flowing. I bet it will be the highlight of the tour.

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  4. Your garden is looking super, wish I could be there, will look forward to the photos of the "big day". You were brave to have a children's party so near to the day, but I'm sure they appreciated having such a colourful place to play in.

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  5. How I'd love to be there to walk around your garden !!!

    It's looking lovely, and what a nice setting for a little 'un's birthday party. I bet they had a ball there :-)

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  6. Keep showing that restraint and your garden will be ever so true when all the visitors come. It must be exciting!

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  7. What happiness just to see them enjoy themselves in your garden. Your garden look lovely and will be lovelier after 33 nights.

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  8. I like your self-discipline, Catmint, that you've been able to resist the temptation to give your garden an artificial makeover...as such, your visitors - of which I hope there'll be many - should be able to recognise the integrity.

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  9. Hi CM ~ I think your garden is looking wonderful and will be in a true state of perfection for the tour. How exciting! Thanks for swinging by my blog, I've been so pleased to have come across so many great Aussie bloggers like yourself. I really enjoy my visits to your blogs. The advantage the food strainer has over a food processor for making tomato sauce is simply no need to skin/de-seed the tomatoes. A bit of a time saver, otherwise I suspect the food processor is a great tool for the job! Cheers, Jenni

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  10. Your garden looks tremendous! I just found your blog and look forward to following along. BTW, I never fill gaps with annuals but vow to do so every year.

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  11. It is so refreshing to here other gardeners with such enthusiasm. At one time our garden was regularly entered in the garden competitions. I have to admit on the run up we constantly would feek things up.

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  12. thank you dear cyberfriends, for your warm encouraging comments. cheers, catmint

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  13. As a gardener who still has a lot to learn, I think it's so much better to visit a garden that has really been gardened and not "made over", because then you can see how things might work in your own garden. Thatt's why I visit other gardens, and I wish I could visit yours! Maybe another year.

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  14. I'll be there Catmint! Cant wait!

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  15. Dear Lyn, if ever you're in melbourne you're welcome here.

    Dear Phoebe, I'm so pleased you're coming on the weekend.

    cheers, catmint

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