Thursday, January 10

Deflation

I seem to feel as if all the wind has gone out of my sails. Or someone let the air out of my tyres.

Not sure why, but possibly the aftermath of swirling currents of calamitous events occurring with other members of the family.

Rather like the afterwash effect when a speedboat goes roaring up the river. Of course, because we are a close family, the ripples are always felt, from the smallest pebble fall, to the fastest 'speedboat'.

We have also had Small Grandson for the morning. Not that he was any trouble at all. He built a house, & put the family inside, then he made a TV, and cupboards! Now there is a boy who has his priorities right. He also neatly packed it all away when he finished.

SG then went off to investigate what Garden Vandal aka Gom was doing.
Of course he found him doing further mischiefs in the now bald patch of dirt, that once contained, Morning Glory, a wonderful healthy fruitful Passion fruit vine, a pretty Fuchsia, a creeper that was a gift, a rather nice orange flowered succulent, to say nothing of the lovely pink flowering ground cover that once graced the barren earth. There were some bulbs which I doubt have survived the poking of the Vandal's evil pronged fork.

There are plenty of other weed infested patches of garden in the back yard. I cannot for the life of me work out why he is so obsessed with this poor patch.
He could uproot, poison, torture, dispatch all the other weeds he likes, but no, he just keeps returning to this.

Here is the current baldness. Gom has been threatened with death, if he so much as touches the Port Wine Magnolia tree in the corner. Not that that necessarily means he won't. At least he hasn't as yet. His lemon tree is on the right. His assorted garden uglies solar lights, etc are now residing on the baldness. Only one of them works, the lighthouse. The large round concrete lid is a sewage main access. Hmmmn perhaps he might end up down under....


I have moved this photo, so it probably wont enlarge on clicking. I had got my pics round the wrong way again! I will leave the other at the bottom, & it very likely will enlarge. Not that there is much to see. I did like it when the creeper covered the bald ugly sewer hatch, & draped over the stones, which have been rather poorly placed, so are not even a feature.


Here is a little orange orchid that was growing opposite the back door when we first came here. It got relocated when we redid the back yard, & it has sulked for 4 years since. This is the first flower it has had in all that time. Normally there is a flower on this for most of the year.



Here is one of our last Agapanthus, I don't understand why it is so late blooming. Our white ones didn't show at all this year. Must be sulking for some reason, & yet everyone else's seemed to flower ok.

Here is the wider view of this flower. I rather liked the way the succulent rosettes & the fish fern framed it, & the rather bald branches of the Tibouchina, it almost looks like some florist has been busy. Just one of nature's accidental arrangements!


This sodding humid weather stresses out most of us, & I find myself wanting to just remain inactive as much as possible.
Cooking is a hideous thought, & I wish I could just lose my appetite. Sadly that never seems to happen! I am now resembling a large tanker looming on some horizon! haha.
Next time I am in the market for a bra, they are likely to direct me to the tent department. A pup tent perhaps, but nevertheless...






Josef Locke, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen.




25 comments:

ancient one said...

I love the flowers you have shown us. They are unfamiliar to me. Maybe GOM will soon decide what he wants to plant in the bare spot. And I like the rocks. Husband was moving some rocks (cement pieces, actually) today and got into a fire ant nest. Does Australia have fire ants? He got a few bites and we headed to the store to get some ant killer to put on the mounds.

I'm sure GS had fun playing at your home today. I miss mine since they've all grown up. Now I'm looking forward to some great-grands.

Mary said...

Sorry you're feeling deflated...family stuff can do that. I've been very stressed lately and burying myself in my quilting....I'm getting LOTS done.

sueeeus said...

I hope you feel better. If it's any consolation, I do love the way you describe the adventures in your garden, with GOM so often teetering on the brink of threatened extinction. (I know it must be stressful, but from thousands of miles away, and so colorfully described, it's always amusing to read.)

Tanya said...

I love the green of your garden and yes it looks like a jungle, a beautiful lush jungle! I would "ask" my husband to leave it as it. Who wants bald when you have green! And the flowers are so lovely! All I have around here is brown, brown, brown. We need some color!

Reluctant Blogger said...

Awww poor you. But at least you do have a close family. I know sometimes it all brings you down, but that is, I am sure, more than counterbalanced by the number of occasions that things that happen in the family, make you smile.

I think we all get times like that and the best way to deal with it is probably to keep busy and distract yourself. Which is what you have doing.

Hope you are soon re-inflated!

I love Magnolias

Joyce said...

You are lucky things grow so fast over there. All your talk about heat and humidity scares me. We'll be over there in a bit over three weeks. It's -10 to -15 here and clear and sunny. Very comfortable quilting weather.

Mike said...

We have very strict rules around here. My wife owns the gardens and I own the lawn. For the most part it works out okay. Occasionally though, some of her garden vegetation "escapes" onto the lawn when it overgrows its boundaries. Naturally it gets mowed down. That's when the trouble starts.

CONNIE W said...

Perhaps sitting with a glass of wine and some enjoyable reading material and some lovely music playing might offer some delight. I feel that the busyness of the holidays sets us up for the January 'blues' at times, rather a let-down of a sort. Music usually is an upper for me but still I generally have to just let these phases pass. I hope it is short-lived for you. Sounds like the visit from DGS was so fun.
Hugs.

Joni said...

It must be the weather! I would send you some cold but I doubt it would make it. Cheers anyway!

Jeanne said...

I'm often struck by how similar our climate must be to yours -- but reversed of course. Our agapanthus season is June. Other "exotic" plants you mention grow here, too.

Smiling at your ongoing garden issues. Ha, maybe he needs a new hobby :)

Hugs ~ Jeanne

Ragged Roses said...

Hope you're not feeling so deflated anymore! I can't believe he's still digging up the garden! The agapanthus is beautiful, I guess you should enjoy it while it's still in one piece!
Kimx

sheoflittlebrain said...

Sorry you're feeling down, Meggie,,
wish I could give you a real hug..

I think your garden is beautiful and it was interesting to follow the progress from basic construction to now. You and GOM did a beautiful job!

I always get a chuckle out of your and GOM's garden wars although I've had sad experience with men and their cutting tools.

I'll take you home again Kathleen is one of my dearest and oldest favorite songs:)

leopold said...

I'm an old guy.
I like old music.

Isabelle said...

Love your garden pictures, especially your agapanthus. I think you should forbid GOM to set foot in the garden! Hope you're feeling a bit more inflated now.

Lee said...

You feel deflated but you have gone up in bra size...

I'm confused.

Kelleigh said...

Your flowers are gorgeous. I especially love Agapanthus. Thinking of planting some in our front garden maybe? Hope they will look as healthy as yours!
Have a lovely weekend,
Kelleigh.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Meggie,

I have been enjoying your blog. Your pictures of your garden are lovely. Love the orange orchid is beautiful. I have a rose bush sort of that color, called orange sunset.

You have a nice blog. Thank you for visiting my humble blog. Have a wonderful weekend. Hope it has cooled off a bit.

Hope you're feeling better!

Renie

smilnsigh said...

Sorry about you deflated feeling. But bad events happening to family, can do that. -sigh-

Mari-Nanci

Bren said...

Praying the wind comes back in your sails soon!!
Your gardens are just breathtaking!

paula said...

Well, Meggie at least he's outside instead of underfoot. You have to look on the bright side...

I do hope you're felling better soon.

fifi said...

I think its all from the heat!
and the festive season moving on, and it being summer and all those things.

Enjoy the garden, and having someone to work in it for you!

riseoutofme said...

Meggie ... just think of us up here in the northern hemisphere engulfed in rain, hailstones, wind, more rain, cold followed by BITTER cold, even more rain ......

Cheered you up, haven't I????

riseoutofme said...

Forgot to say ... yor garden looks AWESOME ... in spite of or because of GOM ...

Catalyst said...

I love the orange orchid. And the blue agapanthus. Beautiful!

MargaretR said...

I hope you are feeling less deflated by now Meggie?
those flowers are beautiful.