Dream garden – Romance needs hard work

pizza oven

Last week my mother celebrated her birthday – a good occasion for a short stay at my parent’s house. As it is a family tradition the birthday was celebrated with old friends … and with my fathers homemade pizza – made in his DIY pizza oven! … Famous all around the village! It was – like always – a delight.

pizza oven

pizza

My parent’s vast garden right now is in its full summer blossom, its abundance and beauty overwhelming. Veggies, flowers, berries – all of them are hitting their peak.

peonies

flowers

herbs 1

I used the opportunity of my stay for excessively taking pictures of the garden – to the amazement of the neighbours. Why would someone shoot close-ups of chard? Of a vegetable garden that everybody in the neighbourhood has? I guess – as so often – you really start to value things when you lack them. Besides: Don’t you think there is so much beauty in vegetables?

chard

veggies

berries

In between little hidden places, oases of calm.

shed

at the pond

rose arch

And there are lot of things to discover – each time I come to visit some things have changed: new plants, new decoration, rearrangements … the love for the details is admirable.

potted plants

green

potted plants

potted plants

succulents

Besides you can see that the garden is not only home for plants but also for animals – more and less suprising ones, I guess ;)

peas and bee hive

butterfly

chicks

Yet, I am not naive romantic. I’ve lived there long enough to know very well that nature doesn’t do everything on her own, that there is hard work that goes into this garden – all-season! Planting, pruning, fertilising, weeding, picking, … there’s always something to to – which makes this garden even more admirable.

green house

green house

This will always be my dream garden!

garden

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