Although it is mid-winter here on the New South Wales south coast, the weather is beautiful and the garden is still full of flowers.  Today I have had the most lovely time pottering around in the garden, doing some odd jobs like pruning the roses.  It has been a magnificent day and so refreshing to spend several hours outside, I feel so blessed to have such a lovely garden to enjoy.  This past week I have picked beautiful bunches of lavender and today a lovely vase full of the last roses, before their winter pruning.

Some gorgeous "Mother's Love" roses and French Lavender in my front garden.
Some gorgeous “Mother’s Love” roses and French Lavender in my front garden.

I just can’t think of a nicer way to spend time on the weekend, than to be picking flowers and doing a few light gardening jobs.  I was able to mulch a new garden bed which is full of lavender, geraniums, daisies and pig face, with some home-made mulch.  Last week I had dug out an area of grass in an awkward corner near the chicken run and made it into a flower garden.  The area needed some mulch, so I was very pleased that homestead hubby did a bit of pruning and mulching today, and I was able to mulch the new garden.  Therefore the total cost for the garden was $0.00 !!!  Yay, the plants were all propagated, the soil was improved with home-made chicken fertilizer, and then mulched with home-made mulch!

Some pink geraniums and french lavender which I propagated a few months back.
Some pink geraniums and french lavender which I propagated a few months back.

These photos are from the front garden, the geranium, lavender and daisies were propagated from cuttings, and are now looking quite spectacular.  The new little garden near the chicken run should look similar in a few months when the small plants that I planted grow.  I will post a picture once they grow a bit.

This french lavender is just growing and flowering like wild fire.
This french lavender is just growing and flowering like wild fire

I am so excited that gardening doesn’t have to be expensive, you can work with what you have and with patience it will get there.  When I started gardening about seven years ago, I had no idea about anything, but have been amazed at what a non-gardener can learn!  We have gradually improved our soil with composting and digging in chicken manure.  We did buy a few trailer loads of mushroom compost in the beginning to get the whole thing started, but have not had to keep spending.  Having chickens is a great way to have access to lots of soil improving manure!  Our flock of five chickens costs about $16 per month to feed, but they more than pay for themselves with all the eggs and fertilizer they produce!

Mother's Love Rose
Mother’s Love Rose

Well, I hope you have had an enjoyable day too, and that you made time to stop and smell the roses!

Gorgeous French lavender from my garden.
Gorgeous French lavender from my garden.