Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow your blog party and a giveaway

We have a winner - Kareninkenai!  Please contact me with your address so I can send your tank top! 
(I have sent you an e-mail)


It's here - party time!  I am linking to 2 bags full to


 blogfest.  We are supposed to post on the 19th, but I know we get the day before anyone else does!  Soon everyone else will be posting their entries as well.
Thank you so much for hosting this Vicky, and welcome to any new readers.
For those visiting my blog for the first time, here is a little background:
I was born in South Africa and now live in Australia, (the tropical north) We moved into this little unit four years ago, and there was nothing but grass, shaded by a huge lychee tree.  Slowly I have added probably more plants than should be crammed into this small space until we have a tropical oasis outside our door.


 I have been taking it easy because I hurt my back and really need to get out there and clear the pathway behind the tree.

I feel as though all the plants are reaching up for air, trying to push the other plants out of the way.
  "let me out - I need to breathe here!"


Out the back I have a little vegetable section.  I have documented the progression on this blog and learned so much and made many friends around the world.  I also sometimes review books and post about odd crafty projects I have undertaken.  I love to cook with ingredients out of my garden and will occasionally post a recipe or two.
This is the wet season and relatively little gardening is done anyway - I grow tropical vegetables - snake beans,  winged beans, chokos,  sweet potatoes, along with the perennials like asparagus, ginger, galangal and lemongrass.   In the dry season I grow lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers etc.
Over Christmas I pulled out my crochet hook to make some snowflakes and remembered how much I enjoyed crocheting, so I made a few medallions to brighten up a plain singlet.

Then I found a pattern for some pretty little flowers, and once I began making these, I couldn't stop...  So to share the flower love I am offering this tank top with its pink and white flowers, or the grey with navy and red medallions as a give-away - worldwide.   size 14.

Just comment on this post to enter, telling me which one you would prefer.  The names will be drawn out of a hat on January 31st - the old fashioned way!  

54 comments:

  1. Your photos are just wonderful. Love, love, love the Wet Season. The monsoon seems to have arrived here, finally.

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    1. Louise,
      I cant say that I love the wet season, the heat and humidity really get to me at times, but then the flowers and fruit are lovely at this itme of the year so that sort of make sup for it!

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  2. I think your garden is looking beautiful and lush. You've done such a great job in the four years you've been there.

    It's just way too heat and steamy to be out in the garden at the moment. I think you should be indoors giving that back of yours a rest. The clearing job can wait for a little longer.

    Your crochet work is lovely. That's a skill I don't have.

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    1. Bernie,
      thank you! yes at this time of year everything grows so fast and I am normally cutting things back continually. It is on it's own now...

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  3. May I ask what plant with green foliage is in front of the maroon foliage? Had many them self-seeding. Our lychee tree never fruit for us yet .

    Both are pretty!

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    1. Hi Malay kadazan,
      The purple leafed plant is persian shield and the one in front is balsalm - think it is related to impatients - both of them grow like weeds :)

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  4. Hi Gill, will be posting soon about the "grow your blog party", didn't know which time to stick to.
    I envy your lush garden, looks so inviting, of course you have the humidity that helps. Here in Perth with the dry heat plants struggle a bit.
    Your flowered t-shirt look great. I can't remember the last time I crocheted, but I could only do simple things.

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    1. Hi Sami, Oh good I am glad you are joining in.Those little flowers are so simple, and as I said, once you start are quite addictive.

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  5. Love the overgrown look, leave it and rest your back. The crochet flowers are lovely too.

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    1. thanks garden girl, I actually dont mind it, but know that the plants do better when they are tirmmed a bit.

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  6. Gorgeous garden Gill. I hope your back lets you get back out there to enjoy it properly soon. I guess when you can't garden proper, why not crochet a garden of flowers?

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    1. What a lovely way to put it Tracy - crocheting a garden of flowers...

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  7. Dearest Gill, (haha, finally I found how I can call you)
    Oh, yes I wish your back will be perfectly well soon, my dear Aussie friend. I was happy to know you better through this post. Good idea of the "grow your blog" linking party.
    As my size is REALLY small (haha, you now I'm a tiny lady), I leave the precious chance to others. I DO admire your talents for gardening and crochet also(^_^)彡☆

    Take Care of Yourselves for the hot weather and a bit worrying about the bush-fire, which I heard from the news.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Miyako,
      We get lots of rain here, so dont get many fires, but the poor people down South are relaly suffering..

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  8. Oh, I love the photos of your garden! I like when things are piled in like that and you just see plants everywhere you look! My garden is in need of a lot of work (and currenly under a few inches of snow!) but I am itching for Spring to get started ;)

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    1. Nice to meet you Rachel, and I look forward to hearing about some new books to read from you!

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  9. The pathway behind the tree can wait to be cleared....please rest your back until it's better. I know it's bugging you that it's not as you would like it to look, but believe me your back is more important my dear....stay rested.
    Your little crochet flowers are pretty, and they do make the shirts look quite spiffy....good job.

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    1. Virginia,
      Oh yes I am taking it real slow. It was really fun to do- as you know this is not the climate to make scarves and blankets :)

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  10. Nice to meet you Gill, your garden is amazing! Take care of your back first, your crochet flowers are beautiful Kathy

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    1. Nice to meet you Kathy and I love your fabrics....

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  11. You have done quite a lot to make your garden so beautiful, and it is lush and lovely. Although I love our four seasons of changeable weather, I always enjoy seeing your tropical landscapes.

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    1. thank you - I wish I had some of your photography talents!

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  12. Oh, what a joy it would be to live amongst such beauty. I live in the deserts of west Texas...we only dream of flora and fauna as wonderful as yours. Thank you for bringing joy to my morning by visiting your garden - even with my cup of tea in my hand.

    blessings, denise :D

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    1. Denise,
      so pleased to have you visiting, and glad I could bring you some joy.

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  13. My goodness, what remarkable gardens you have. The plants look so healthy indeed!
    I guess you are having a very warm summer there right now.
    Thanks for sharing your garden.
    Michele

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    1. Michele,
      thanks for visiting, oh yes it gets very hot and humid here.

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  14. I visited some other posts on your blog as well, and I really like all the photos of your stunning plants! I'm a gardener myself, although in a different part of the world (California), and it is so interesting to see what grows in Queensland and how you garden there. It's so beautiful! Your crocheted projects are gorgeous as well!

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    1. Hi Carola,
      I lived in California for a while (the bay area) and still have many happy memories. Hopefully I can learn some photography tricks by following your blog.

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  15. Visiting on the bloghop - what a beautiful place you live in - your garden is so different to anything in the uk (unless we head for Kew Gardens - a huge glass house of tropical plants!) I won't go in the giveaway as the singlet is not my size but nice to meet you. Betty

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    1. Betty,
      Oh I do believe you are the first wood fairy to visit my blog! I am definitly going to spend some time perusing your blog, as I want to do silk painting like you do....at the moment I have only tried the sunblocking technique.

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  16. hopped over thanks for the blog hop. wow, i can imagine all those gardens. what a great place to sit & read. breathe a bit. nice. we don't get a bunch of sun here in our yard in Virginia. but i love it here. the mountains & gorgeous scenes. nice to meet you. hope you are well. stop by my blog some time. take care. ( :

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    1. Beth,
      thanks for visiting. My daughter just had a road trip driving through Virgina and took some wonderful photos. It is certainly a different tempature to here :)

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  17. Hi! Take care of your back first! Hope it is feeling better. Your home location is beautiful! I am loving this concept for a party. Your crochet creations are lovely!I like the smaller flowers a bit more. I garden too, its been a passion since my grandmas farm. lovely day, Dianna

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    1. Hello Di,
      Welcome, thanks for visiting. Gardening is so rewarding.

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  18. It's great to see your lychee tree doing so well - it looks like that pruning did no harm to it (or the rest of your beautiful garden).

    When I lived in the tropics I learned to knit and crochet. Now every time I look at yarn I think of heat and humidity which your tank tops fit right in with.

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    1. Laura,
      yes it didnt take long did it? no lychees this year though. Funny that you learned to knit and crochet in the tropics, as scarves are not a common sight around here~!

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  19. You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. Welcome Evalina,
      gosh I cannot beleive the cross stitch that you do - truly works of art.

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  20. Your garden is amazing and so different to plots here in London. The pic of the honey eater is tremendous - clever hubby. I have joined as a follower and will get tremendous pleasure from your blog and garden - as long as there are no snakes!

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    1. Annabelle,
      Welcome! thanks so much - I am not a big fan of snakes myself.

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  21. Hello...nice to meet you! I am happy to have the opportunity to visit you at your blog. What a beautiful garden you have! I think my back would hurt too if I was the caretaker for that! lol! I am so impressed! We live in North Carolina, USA and it is very hot here much of the year. We have trouble growing the traditional summer crops because of the heat and humidity.
    I hope that your back feels better soon!
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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  22. OMG! How absolutely gorgeous and energetic of you! :D I am so glad to meet you and really look forward to a growing friendship. We seem to have some things in common such as loving plants and flowers but also it sounds like we both just re-discovered crochet! I can't believe I had forgotten how soothing and meditative crochet is plus one ends up with something pretty at the end! Can't get much better than that! :D Well, I am off to visit some more blogs today - completely impossible to get through 400+ blogs in one day, lol! I expect it will take a few days but oh what fun visiting all these wonderful places!
    I am your newest follower and will be back for another visit soon!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  23. An amazing oasis of colour.,
    What a wonderful way to meet like minded women. Creative and generous...Your work is so creative and inspiring. Count me as one of your newest followers.
    Cheers,
    Dagmar

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  24. It look so nice to see green
    Hope you visit
    Laura

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  25. Just a comment to say I Love your front garden! What a party!

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  26. It is so nice to meet another Aussie - I know two others... Smiles, SuzyQ and Marie Otero... absolutely wonderful women. It is so nice to meet you, too. I am a new follower. Hugs from Alaska. (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com)

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  27. Gosh, all that green looks like LIFE! visiting via Vicki's GYB Party; having some giveaways on my post; if you get a chance, come for a visit.

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  28. Nice to meet you at the party!
    Beautiful blog and I love your garden...
    I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

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  29. Hi there, I couldn’t find your name but I’m so happy I found your site hopping from GYB. Boy it’s taking a long time to hop thru the blogs! I love to garden too and have a little veggie patch here in Canada but in England I only grow flowers because I’m usually not there in spring. I love that you crochet! I’m hopeless to pieces but would love to make those Japanese flowers and then make a big shawl from them. I’m following now so see you soon. :)

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  30. Hi africanaussie, your garden looks beautiful. Thank you for your generosity with your comments on my blog - it's nice to know someone is reading!

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  31. Those flowers on the shirt are so cute! Love the applique. Found your blog through GYB event. I love all your flower pictures thank you for taking them and sharing the beauty.

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  32. Thanks so much Gillian - the tank top is wonderful and when I wear it will remind me of your beautiful garden. I certainly don't have that in Alaska. Hugs and again so much thanks for the drawing. Karen

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  33. Hi Gillian, and you're a winner in my giveaway! I sent you an e-mail. What a stunningly beautiful garden you have. Such an accomplishment and dedication, well done. Love, Pia

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  34. Hi, I am way behind in my Blog Party Visiting! I just read three of your posts and may I just say that your garden is breathtaking! It is 24 degrees here in Coopersburg - about an hour north of Philadelphia, and I have always yearned for tropical places. Joining as a follower, will visit you again. Love, Linda

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