The little porch – a festival of colours

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How can you inject some springtime colour to your outdoor space?  Here’s a tiny place I happened upon in Capri, proving just how much life can be packed into one little porch.  The tiles, flowers, and even the name plate are all fantastic excuses for a festival of colours!

This has been my weekend inspiration for potting up some beautiful flowers in coloured pots for my own little space.  Enjoy!

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Water water everywhere…

ImageIn Bali, life is surrounded by water and it definitely seems more serene.  The sound of water always reminds me of life, whether it’s the waves crashing at my favourite beach, a beautiful waterfall, or a pretty little winter creek.  Here in Australia we are lucky to be surrounded by water, however living in the city means it’s not always immediately accessible.

I was inspired by this water feature I found in a tiny Balinese garden, and now that the nights are getting longer I want to enjoy being on my balcony as often as possible.  So here’s my view tonight of my own little water feature, and I’m feeling very calm indeed and ready for a brand new week!  Happy Sunday!

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Celebrating Spring!

Last year, I bought myself some rather sad looking twigs…

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Now look how they’ve rewarded me this spring!  They have blossomed into a beautiful cherry, pear and lime tree!  These self-watering pots from Bunnings are a lifesaver for busy people with limited time.  The pots retain water in the bottom and the plants can soak it up when they get thirsty.  So you always know how much water your trees need to grow up BIG and beautiful.

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From little things BIG things grow

It’s springtime and Melbourne is remembering how to turn on some beautiful sunny days – mixed in with the inevitable wind and rain to create “four seasons in one day”.  It’s the perfect time for planting some herbs!  Here are my babies upon purchase 12 months ago… 

Image…And as they are today, in a new “Farmers Market” garden from my local nursery.
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  • Plants need water.  Keep watering small pots regularly.  Even if it’s rained recently, they will dry out quickly on those sunny days
  • But not too much. Your pots need to have drainage – you don’t want wet feet everyday, neither do your herbs!  Let excess water run out (some holes drilled into my Farmers Market fixed this problem for me)
  • Sun is your friend. And as long as they are well watered, these little babies have thrived even on a west-facing balcony
  • Little plants still need space. After a year in tiny pots, my herbs were almost all roots and no soil.  Gently and with lots of love pull out your plants, take off some of the excess roots, and you can repot back into the same pot with some new soil.
  • Feed your plants!  Good old fashioned Blood and Bone is my choice.  Remember when it comes to edible plants, whatever you plant them in is feeding your food, so organic is best.
  • Enjoy. The smell that comes from your little herb garden each time you water is amazing.  You can feel extra proud of the BIG taste when you use your herbs, food tastes better when the ingredients were grown with love!