Its no secret that I love my garden - sometimes more than others - especially during Spring. Its not at its best right now, because we live in the winter rainfall area of the Western Cape - and its in the middle of a very dry summer at the moment. So, apart from keeping plants alive and some basic tidying, sweeping and cutting back - its quite a tedious and boring time. Everything looks a bit bleh to my critical eye.
However, the other day was an exception. A friend of mine (a freelance stylist) and a photographer friend Neville (who could be Josh Groban's lost brother), came to dress up corners in my garden for a photo shoot. And what a fun day it was!
|Danny the Stylist and 'Josh' double' - the photographer|
Danny hung some colourful flags in front of the old wendyhouse (now a toolshed). A chair here, a pair of pink galoshes there and a few pretty cushions and all set for the perfect picture. An instant transformation!
An old wrought iron baby cot was carefully positioned on a bed of obliging ivy. A mosquito net was hung from a convenient branch and some really pretty cushions turned it into a fairy tale setting. The strands of ivy that I was tempted to clip a few days earlier looked relieved to be found useful.
I picked up this delightful old wrought iron frame long ago. Prettied up with ribbons, bottles and baby pink roses - it certainly was dressed for the occasion.
The boring dormant garden came alive with all the fuss and even the pets joined in the fun.
|Quick take the pic before I fall in!|
|Is this my good side?|
|I always use chopped down logs in the garden to hold back soil. This is a piece of |
Strelitzia Nicolai dotted with stones. Just because.
|Stacked stones - also just because.|
|I just love the bark of trees. Especially because I planted these trees as saplings. |
Well, I planted pretty much everything you see.
|The old wendy house provided endless playing hours for my daughter and her friends.|
|Shh - A sneaky pic of the photographer Josh - I mean Neville!|
|The old wrought iron cot dressed and fluffed up|
|Looking so good - here's another one|
|The wrought iron stand - jinne maar jy's pragtig.|
That pretty wrought iron - left to rust in peace.
These old doors are a favourite of mine. They were saved before being dumped.It belonged to a friend's grandmother. Neither my family or hers could really understand why I wanted it.
|Doorway to a section of the garden|
Many a visitor have been charmed by it and here it is - looking glamorous with lanterns each side, each with a floppy over-sized rose in it. My photo's not as beautiful as the photographer's - but these of mine are worth sharing.
Oh what the heck - the wendy house looks so good, let's look at it again.
Only one thing could complete the picture - a table dressed for tea.
Thanks Danny and Neville. What a great day!