A Blooming Marvellous time in my own backyard

December 12, 2014 · 10 comments

Is there anything more Australian than playing in your own backyard?   (Well maybe Vegemite on toast or cricket on the beach, but apart from that it would have to be close,  right? )      It’s that little patch of space that every Aussie gets to call their own.   It’s safe and predictable but also has the potential to become anything you decide it could be.   

backyard kids playground

As you can see our backyard is on the large side.   (Okay, let’s be honest it’s bigger than most city folk’s entire house block.)     This is an awesome thing for playing hide-n-seek or doing fifteen cartwheels in a row,  but seriously not so much fun when it comes to mowing.   I’m not a  fan.   But sadly the kids don’t seem as interested in outdoor play when they have to wade through waist-high grass.  (My kids are just not that hard-core.)

Backyard work

But I am a fan of having space.  Space for the girls to do gymnastics, set up camps  and run races. Space for me to grow flowers.  Space for the  resident nature boy to plant trees and encourage wildlife.   And even space for our crazy boarder collies to pelt around full speed and come to screaming stop at our feet.  

backyard veggie patch

There is also space for veggies.   I love the idea of a veggie patch brimming with vitamin rich goodness to feed my family. Unfortunately I like  nightly watering  a little less so.    My patience runs thin by the end of December and I usually only end up growing   a couple of zucchini and tomato plants – because they can basically take care of themselves.  My ideas are good – but my follow through leaves room for improvement. 

backyard flowers

As a rule  I’m much better with flowers.   I love flowers.    They make me happy.   I like nothing more than sitting on my decking  (in my deliciously cozy egg-chair) looking out over my garden beds of gorgeous flowers. They almost seem to sing peace and harmony to me. Bizarre I know, but none the less true. 

Craz backyard

While where on the subject of crazy singing flowers daisies are my favourite.    I think it might be because they just seem so ridiculously happy all of the time.   Or maybe because they too are really low-maintenance.   I have  been known to walk by people’s gardens and casually reach in a pull a cutting out to bring home.  I guess it’s a little on the naughty side but it’s also a really cheap and interesting way to make sure your garden is full of colour. 

Backyard chooks

And then we have the chooks.   Our three ladies are aptly named Lara, Hannah and Bok Bok.  I’ve gotta tell you chooks really make a backyard come to life.  When we first got them they used to roam all over the place – which was all kinds of awesome.   But eventually I got sick of them pecking on our glass back door and pooping on the decking.  So now they’re confined to their pen where they spend their time happily scratching in the dirt and laying amazingly fresh eggs for us.  

How’s your backyard?  Anything stand out as making it special?   If  you are a backyard  aficionado like me you might be interested in BLOOM over on facebook.  It is all about bringing back the backyard and reconnecting the family with the outdoors. After all, when you think about it,  thatโ€™s where so many  of our fondest childhood memories are made. 

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1 Dorothy December 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I wish we had more shade in our backyard to inspire more sitting and playing. It gets ridiculously hot in summer and stupidly cold in winter. Very little in between weather-wise. I want to have a proper garden again one day, with roses and lavender. My herb garden is all I have in this house and even that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
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2 Caz December 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

Love roses. That is exactly what mine is missing. Yes. You have to make the most of spring and autumn when there is a chance of mild weather.


3 ClaireyHewitt December 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

My backyard is teeny tiny compared to yours. I would love your yard so much. We use all our space pretty well, but I would love about 1/2 an acre.


4 Caz December 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

We are pretty lucky – a part from the mowing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wish I had more time to spend playing out there.
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5 Jacinta McDonald December 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

OMG Caz, I TOTALLY agree! This blog has inspired me to nick a cutting from people’s flowers that are growing out on to the footpath and brighten my garden too!! Thanks for a great post ๐Ÿ™‚


6 Caz December 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Oh wow – that’s great Jacinta. Enjoy those flowers!!
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7 Poppy Winstead December 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Yes! Very true, keep up the good work Caz, love reading your stories and insights!


8 Caz December 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Thank-you Poppy. Appreciate you letting me know you dropped by. Caz.
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9 Susan Granger December 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Well that’s all a bit glorious. Lucky you. Chooks would be great – but they might not like our terrace living arrangements. Giggle.


10 Caz December 13, 2014 at 6:42 am

Haha Sus. Yes that could be tricky. Best save the chooks until you make that move. ๐Ÿ™‚
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