Why patience is a virtue

I can’t quite believe how much my new garden has grown over the past six weeks or so. Just before Christmas, it looked like a barren wasteland. I’d sown the wildflowers, along with 5 packets of white cosmos, 2 packets of pink cosmos and 2 packets of giant green zinnias… but there was bugger all to show for it. So I started panicking and planted heaps and heaps and heaps (and that’s a conservative estimate) of potted colour between Christmas and New Year. Then, of course, we had a couple of torrential downpours and suddenly the wildflowers and cosmos rocketed off. The cosmos, especially, has pretty much overwhelmed all the other plants I’ve put in. So much so that I’m now pulling the jolly stuff out by the trailerload. 

If nothing else, this wedding garden palaver has taught me that (a) patience is a virtue; (b) a perfect lawn is worth every cent; (c) a lick of green paint can pimp up anything and (d) take lots of progress photos because otherwise you’ll never believe just how much you can achieve in a few short months of working-bee madness.

11 thoughts on “Why patience is a virtue

  1. That is amazing Lynda! It looks incredible and I reckon it is better to have too much than too little – it lets you have a bit of fun deciding want you don’t need now, or being able to get rid of the lesser specimans. I know wat you mean about the progress photos, we undertook a huge task clearing a badly overgrown section when we bought our house. We basically had to start from scratch, with a fence falling down and the section really being two levels. So a lot of backbreaking work with fence building, retaining and earthworks and finally planting is finally starting to show progress. It has been easy for us to look out and forget where we started, so the photos are a must have. Can’t wait to see the ‘finished’ look. Take care 🙂

  2. It looks afbulous, can not wait to see photos of your special day. You have both worked so hard to make the most beautiful wedding venue.
    Enjoy the days leading up to your wedding and the big day itself.

  3. Wow. J for Jealous re: perfect lawn. When you next get a chance to sit at the computer after the impending nuptials (PLEASE post photos!), could you give me some advice on how to amend a “lawn” (full of paspalum, creeping clover?….et al) that would be suitable for a family with young kids? I have 3 small children so can’t kill the current lawn with roundup….nor can I afford to ‘import’ a sparkly new lawn…. the ground is flat and has a clay base so cracks in drought.
    Best of luck for the wedding day too!!

    Alicia – Papakura

    • Hi Alicia,
      Can you attempt to fix up half your lawn at a time? Perennial weeds are a nightmare and you’ll never get rid of them without spraying the sods. Perhaps you could rope off half the lawn, knock it dead and resow it, then deal to the other half when the first half has recovered? Rolling out Readylawn is expensive – we would have simply sown the lawn if (a) the Hunk hadn’t snapped his achilles tendon and (b) I hadn’t been sidelined by morning sickness for three months. Autumn’s the best time to sow a new lawn (and probably the most convenient for you, because heading into winter it shouldn’t be taking such a hammering from the kids). Yates have a hard-wearing seed, or you can get the California Green seed from Readylawn. It’s, honestly, the best dark green lawn you can get for Auckland conditions – plus it’s a spreading grass (like kikuyu) so if it dies off through neglect, it regenerates pretty nicely.

    • Hey alicia how about spraying your lawn with a product like Turfix (yates i think ), whch kills everything except grass? You can’t compost the lawn clippings for the next few mows, but definitely better than re doing entire lawn. autumn is a good time, Spray a couple times with a few weeks in between then let the grass thicken up over winter. tania

  4. A perfect lawn IS worth every cent. I bet you really understand now just who gutted I feel about my Dad’s lawn that I sent you photos of over a year ago. And when I see yours I wished I’d put all that money into Ready Lawn and had a hunk as capable as yours!! (Some girls have all the luck!!!) I’m still spending money and attempting it myself, but so far I have nothing to rave about. Yes, I’m as green as your lawn, with envy and even though I’ve read up so much about lawns it would seem I’m just as green with getting some decent results. Your lawn is stunning and so is that beautiful rose. What a glorious day you are going to have.

  5. Wishing you a wonderful Wedding Day and many happy years filled with love, laughter, good friends, good health and happiness.
    Looking forward to seeing photos of you Big Day and keeping fingers crossed for great weather,

    • Thanks Jen. Could you please add “and mighty crops of watermelons” to your wedding wishes? Mine have been a disaster, again, this year (mind you I have been somewhat distracted) and Jo McCarroll is showing me up!

  6. What a beautiful setting for your wedding! You’ve done well, I love the flowers etc. It would be lovely to see a photo of your wedding! All the best for your married life!

  7. Hi Lynda and Jason.. hope you had a fabulous day for your wedding, and congratulations to you both on your marriage.. may it be long and fulfilling and bring you joy and much laughter..

    Your garden looks amazing.. thanks for sharing it with all of us who read your blog..

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