Joyfulness and finding a garden through the gate in February

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Riotous and exuberant shapes and textures

Look no further!
Go visit your local nursery for a free lift of spirits

Free you say!

Yes definitely because no money changed hands.

By letting my mind be refreshed and calmed on a hot hot day under the misting sprinkler.

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I remembered …
Lavender cutting/slips growing under some greenery
Hibiscus cuttings/slips slowly growing roots in a glass jar
Red trumpet creeping vine cutting/slip started in a pot
Big Red geranium growing lushly from a cutting/slip

It was a stepping back in time of how old gardens were created.
Networking and sharing.

How to best utilise what I have at home in the garden…..just a moving round and swapping positions. Or repotting with large recycled pots from the neighbour’s hard rubbish clean out.

There was no instant gratification costing $$, just some methodical or random planning and a little patience.

Have you ever done this?

Joyfulness,  red Hibiscus, hardy colour for the garden

Hedging plants, hardy plants, Bunnings, instant garden colour

Hedging plants, hardy plants, Bunnings, instant garden colour

Blessed

Alexa-asimplelife

Joining Through the Garden Gate

Senses

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Seize that moment

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