Monday, May 14, 2012

What a lovely Mother's Day...

Hello dearies,
Hope all is fine and dandy with you all. I have spent my Monday catching up from my Mother's Day hurrah. Yes,  Mother's Day does afford a day of rest, but, unfortunately, the chores do pile up while you're being pampered. At one point, I ventured into the kitchen (to top up my glass of vino), only to be greeted by piles of wet clothes (left over from a water fight in the garden), dishes oozing out of the kitchen sink and dishwasher, and a path of toys (both children's and dogs') strewn like a breadcrumb trail through the house.

Not that I'm about to complain, as the hubby did do a spot of ironing for me on Sunday morning. He made a mere dent in the mountain of ironing which smirks at me on a daily basis... But any little bit helps (I think it also helped him appreciate what a god-awful task it is)...

Anyhoo, I figured I would share a little of my special day with you...

Catching up on the latest Country Living

It was spent in my little garden. I'm so proud of this space that my heart swells when I sit in it and appreciate it's beauty. It's ever-evolving and I'm never quite sure what I'm going to end up with... I just plant and leave it up to the gods, letting the blank canvas evolve in front of me...

This year, I am over-run with Evening Primrose. I'm not even sure where they came from. The pale pink doesn't sit naturally next to the orange of the Coreopsis, or the deep pink of the Dianthus (an annual that never died back during our mild winter), but, hey-ho, I just let them all grow with free abandonment... I'm sure there are a lot of more experienced gardeners out there that would 'tsk-tsk' this hodge podge of colours, but I've never been one to conform...

I've finally managed to get the hang of roses, with several David Austins planted around the patio... I'd always envisaged sitting out in the evening with a nice glass of wine and the air heavy with the scent of roses... Hopefully, this year, I'll be doing exactly that... although, I think the air will also have a strong citronella smell to it too (blooming mosquitos). I've also popped in some climbing roses... they're starting to wind themselves around a wrought iron arbor... I'm going to wait until a few more are open before I share that picture with you, though.

Anyhoo, whether it be the fragrant roses which are just beginning to display their beauty, the butterflies and bees flitting between the honeysuckle and foxgloves, or the birds splashing in the bird bath, all of it is a pleasure for the senses.

At one point, a neighbour popped over and congratulated me on the tranquil space I have created...

... and that, my dears, is exactly what I was aiming for. I so rarely end up with what I envisaged, but I think I've finally cracked it in the garden... mind you, there is always room for improvement... And that's the great thing about a garden: it's a piece of art that is forever evolving and, while you can control it to a certain degree, you can never be sure of what you'll end up with!

So, my Mother's Day was spent doing what I love the most... Watching my little girls play fairies in the garden all day long (with no major tantrums), enjoying the peaceful space I have created, and just being thankful... thankful for being alive...

... and being a Mum.

Thank you for popping by. I'll catch up with you next week.
Take care all.


  1. Hi Laura, I am new to your blog and I just love it! What gorgeous photos. You are a girl after my own heart with your garden (and country living mag!). Just lovely! Becks xxx

  2. Looks like you had the most wonderful mothers day.

  3. Oh Laura, you gorgeous girl. I adored this post! Your garden is such a feast for the senses - bravo. We are finding our green thumbs on Planet Baby and I can't believe how pleasurable it is. And the two photos of your precious girls are just enchanting. Thanks so much for sharing them, you clever mama! J x

  4. Your garden looks so lovely! What a wonderful post of you and your girls. XOL

  5. Your garden "fairies" are just beautiful! I am also marveling as the flowers are beginning to bloom in our garden and love seeing the climbing plants filling in the spaces around our fence. Each year just gets better! Thanks for sharing your photos of your beautiful space to relax and unwind. I sure wish foxgloves would "take" in my backyard. I have planted them several times and they just don't seem to like being there! ~Anna

  6. Hey sweetie! Hope you`ll visit my blog and maybe...we can follow each other?:X

  7. Sweet post celebrating the joys of the season and mother's day

  8. Your garden is beautiful. Please share with us more pictures of it. When I was little I use to have water fights all the time. They were a lot of fun back then.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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