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Seasonal change in our garden

There’s not a day that goes past when we don’t feel fortunate about having such a beautiful garden right outside our windows and on our doorstep. It’s certainly not a regular kind of backyard, and a far cry from what we’ve known back home in the antipodes. Now, with summer starting to make its warm and sunny presence felt, we are finding that there’s no better space to while away any spare hours we might have. Today I thought I’d share some photos of this amazing space.

Back in wintertime, it wasn’t such a hospitable place, but it did look picturesque, in an altogether different, icy, winter wonderland kind of way. Only the snowman was keen to be out there:

It was nice when the blanket of snow lifted though, and when we pushed into spring. That’s another amazing thing about this garden – you can really see the seasonal change happening before your eyes. During spring time, we enjoyed the daffodils and tulips, more and more of which popped up as it got a little warmer with each passing day.

But this beautiful blossom tree was undoubtedly my favourite feature:

But now that summer is here, what we are loving about the garden is that the shared space (we have access to the garden along with about 20 neighbours) is a mass of vibrant colour. The purple hue of the lavender is striking:

The bumble bees are making the lavender their almost permanent home at the moment. I love that the flower heads are made up of tiny, individual star shaped flowers, which  you can see better in this picture:

Many of the plants in this garden have been there a long time, weathering harsh Dutch winters; these roses, we are told by one of our neighbours, are about 40 years old! Isn’t the colour incredible?

The plant seems to be constantly laden at the moment, I am surprised it doesn’t keel over with the weight of all the blooms!

There’s also a real variation in plants – whoever was responsible for the planting obviously knew what they were doing. Pink is a real feature colour in the garden, with these unusual flowers (I am not sure what kind they are – does anyone else with more horticultural knowledge than me know?!):

The different variations of hydrangea are also putting on a dramatic show in all their pink glory:

At our door, we are greeted by this blast of fluro pink, courtesy of a beautiful geranium my Mum gave us when she last visited. It makes me happy every time I see it!

So, what about you, do you have a garden of your own, or a shared garden space that you enjoy in summer (or all seasons)? If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, are you already enjoying lazy times in the garden this summer, or is it still not warm enough where you are? Or, do you prefer public parks?


Photos by CIA.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. The before and after pictures are amazing. Nature is awesome.

    July 4, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was pretty astonished too when I saw the before and after photos next to each other like that – nature is incredible, I agree! Sorry for the delay in replying. Hope you guys are going well in Japan 🙂

      July 13, 2012
  2. Simply beautiful!

    July 5, 2012
    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Lovely to hear this post was enjoyed. Cheers!

      July 13, 2012

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