Jade plant in a neon pot and succulents in pots

The Front Door Garden

The front of our house is North facing so it gets a shit load of sun. Heaps of plants I have had out there have died in the harsh conditions so now it’s mostly succulents and the odd herb plant. I went on trademe and bought 12 succulents for $12 from a lady in Sandringham. I set about cleaning out all the empty pots and planting the succulents in them. I also planted a sad looking Italian Parsley plant from the supermarket, which is now thriving.

 

We also were given a Buddha that Mark’s mum’s dog had dug out of her garden. With the addition of a $10 door mat from Mitre 10 it actually looked half decent.

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Succulents are really hard wearing and can tolerate dry conditions, so if like me, you are terrible at watering plants, succulents are the way to go. They usually get more than enough water from your average Auckland rainy days.

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I think in the future I will also have some planter boxes out the front with flowers. I might plant a whole of Zinnias 🙂

 

My Garden is kind of a Mess

It’s Labour weekend, which is the traditional start of the summer gardening season so I thought I would start a blog about getting my shit together with the garden finally. When it comes down to it, I’m not what you would call an expert gardener in the slightest. Over the past few years I have had a few successes and many failures in terms of growing vegetables and flowers, and maintaining the beast that is our garden.

Back in 2012 when we bought this house, the garden seemed like a rustic but tidy space. I had romantic notions of having roses and growing vegetables etc. However, neither Mark or I had what you would call gardening skills. A few years before this we had been living in a flat in Christchurch and Mark had used the lawnmower to mow over a massively overgrown flower bed.

We started off reasonably enough – I started growing strawberries in buckets and created a vege garden out the front next to our sad lemon tree. We spent a very sweaty saturday trying to pull all the agapanthus out of the garden next to the front door. The garden just grew and grew and slowly became more of a jungle. We accumulated a large pile of clippings / branches etc round the back of the house which was kind of like something you might see on that TV show Hoarders.

Fast forward to 2016. The garden has been pretty much neglected full stop since about January 2015. 3 months of morning sickness, 9 months of pregnancy and the first few months of having a baby culminated in a messy, overgrown jungle of weeds.

In May this year, we finally thought fuck it, lets clean it all up. With the help of my dad and Mark’s mum we cleared away the garden waste pile of doom and cleared out the garden in general.

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Auckland rainforest

And now we’re here. Since May we have let it go a bit as it has rained A LOT in the last few months. Over the winter, we pretty much left it alone. Only our cat really ventured out there on a regular basis.

I hope over the coming months I can slowly transform our garden in some way that is better than it looks now! It might end up being one of those pinterest fail situations but it also might be great. I guess we will find out 🙂