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hello 2011 and a garden update

Hello there! It's 2011. Crazy, huh? We had a nice break. The usual - eat too much, do too little. It was the BEST! We have really been enjoying hanging out at home. Back to work today but the last few days were sunny and just... magic. Yesterday Andrew walked around and took some pics of the garden, which is full of big happy plants. They are loving all the rain we have had lately. I looked through some photos of the garden from last January and can't believe how much the garden has grown in that time. Turns out we just may have a green thumb or two after all.  

Let's look back at how it looked on the 4th of January last year,

A few weeks later the deck is finished and most of the plants in.

This is what our jungle garden looks like now. The garden is home to visiting birds, two sleeping cats and lots and lots of frogs. It is so lovely sitting in the spa surrounded by the greenery. Like our own little resort.

So whilst our garden is flourishing with all the rain, I am reminded that mother nature has not been so kind elsewhere in our state. If it isn't a drought in Queensland, it's flooding. I feel so grateful and fortunate (and guilty) that we are safe and dry in our home right now when so much of Queensland is flooded. The enormity of the floods is too devastating to comprehend and unfortunately, it is far from being over. If you can, please open those pockets and donate at any major bank to the flood appeal. 

Images: Olive & Joy


  1. It looks fantastic - just like being at a lovely resort. I bet sitting in the spa is so relaxing.
    Yes, aren't the floods terrible - I keep thinking of all the poor animals as well.

  2. It is unbelievable about the floods. We are lucky indeed.
    Your back deck area is gorgeous. I love the foxtail palms too. xx

  3. Love your garden & deck. Would love to know the name of the palms you have put in. We've been looking at palms for our place, but so many to choose from.

    I recently purchased one of your prints, & I LOVE IT!! The texture is the 1st thing i noticed when i unwrapped it.

    Thank you.

  4. Bianca - Yay, I'm so glad you love your print!

    We have four types of palms in our garden - foxtail palms, alexandria palms, golden cane palms and triangle palms. The foxtail palms are my favourite. Triangle palms have a lovely silver green frond. Alexandria palms are lovely but a little fussy so I'm not sure how they would go in Victoria, they like the heat and wet. We were lucky to be given quite a few potted mature triangle and golden cane palms by a family friend.

    I would recommend researching which palms will suit your climate, as that will be the most important consideration. Good luck Bianca.

  5. I love your garden and back area julie - so jealous of the decking and the spa! Queenslanders are so lucky to have such a tropical climate to accomodate such lovely greenery - here in SA it's dry and hot and everything looks brown and a bit sad. Thinking of everyone in QLD now especially though.

  6. Wow - you're not kidding about how quickly the garden has grown ... I suspect you don't have green thumbs ... rather green hands! ;)

  7. Wow, green thumbs indeed!! What a beautiful backyard, although it seems a bit of an understatement to call it a backyard anymore, much more resort pool area!

  8. Your gorgeous garden looks like it has stepped straight out of a magazine - I have complete garden envy ... it looks just fantastic!

  9. Thanks Julie for the names of palms. Its a great help.

  10. Looks like a great place to relax with a book.... and maybe a cocktail... or 2!!! Well done!!

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    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that you like.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous work. What a lovely spot.

    Touched by your concern for those less fortunate, which is a good reminder to reach out to others and not take things for granted.

    Beautiful blog.

    -xoxo Noe


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