Jasmine, Green Leaves and Spotted Eggs…

There is nothing quite like the smell of Jasmine wafting through one’s garden, is there? We have quite a few Jasmine creepers in our garden and they are all flowering together, creating a heady perfume for the olfactory senses to enjoy. I love this time of year, so exciting, the re-birth and regrowth can be seen everywhere… The garden is turning green and each day, when I go outside for a walk, there are new blossoms and green leaves…

I have planted some Daffodils and Snowdrops amongst my veggies this year…

A flowering plum hangs gracefully over our swimming area…

Oak leaves at the top of our English Oak tree…

The broad beans are flowering too…

Strawberries… we planted some Pennyroyal under the strawberry plants to keep insects away…
(Please Note: Pennyroyal is not edible, should not be planted near pets or where children play, it is an excellent insect repellent to keep away ants and mosquitoes and insects that want to eat your gorgeous strawberries and tomato plants). I own a copy of ‘Companion Planting’ by Margaret Roberts and it is wonderful. Please always check the safety of herbs and certain plants before planting them in your garden. 

This is Erin’s chicken Milly, Milly was very ill and now she is looking much better, Erin and Milly have formed a special bond, as you can see…

The young chickens have started to lay! I just love their little speckled eggs, so sweet!

Heart Swap Update:
If you took part in the Sending Love Heart Swap, please could you send me some photos of the swap items you made so that I can blog them with a link to your blog. I would love to share some photos of your beautiful treasures… You can email them to me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

Yarn Stashes for knitting Patterns:
Fehnna, you commented about buying some yarn stash to knit my patterns, I would be so happy to put some yarn together for you to knit with, 20 grams of each colour should be perfect. Just send me an email to the above email address and let me know what you need:)

Cat Pattern:
Thank you so much to everyone who sent such lovely and kind hearted comments about my new Cat pattern, I loved reading them, if you would like to enter the Cat pattern giveaway, just leave a comment in the previous post.

Hurricane Irene:
To those who are experiencing hurricane Irene, my thoughts are with all of you, please do stay safe…

Have a wonderful Sunday and week,
xo
Linda

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18 Responses to Jasmine, Green Leaves and Spotted Eggs…

  1. KnitterMama August 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Your daughter and her hen look so happy together! Are those Rhode Island Reds? We have one. She has not started laying yet though. Our garden is finishing and it looks like yours is beginning. Beautiful seasons ahead for you I hope.

    Thanks for the well wishes regarding Irene. We are in the middle of her right now and so far it has been a lot of bark with no bite…

  2. CC August 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I love the smell of Jasmine. Does planting Penny royal under the strawberries work? I hadn’t heard of it before but could give it a try.

  3. Donna August 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    It is so nice to see your spring beginning as our fall is beginning. Keeps the whole cycle in view.

  4. Linda August 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Dear Knitter Mama,
    I believe they are Rhode Island Reds:)

    Dear CC,
    The Penny Royal really does work, there is a wonderful companion planting book by Margaret Roberts that I love and she suggests Penny Royal for strawberries.

    Take care
    Linda

  5. K August 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Oh – pink petals in the pool!! Perhaps a mess, but also amazing. A refreshing garden and refreshed chickens? Life actually could not get better than that.

  6. CrochetBlogger August 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Beautiful photos. Those speckled eggs are adorable.

  7. Indigo Inspirations August 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    I so miss the smell of jasmine….it is one of the signs of spring…..when we moved our house to this property ten years ago (an old farmhouse) I planted jasmine on each side of all the steps and it was beautiful until it pulled the gutters almost off…..so we actually took it out…….mmmmm. I will have to go on a search….xox Jo

  8. Cat August 29, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Adding penny royal to my list of must add to the garden
    Did you know Jasmine is considere a WEED in Auckland and we can’t buy it grrrr everywhere I walk at the moment it is out and flowering – I’m wondering if it will grow if I try to strike a cutting?
    Your garden is looking a month or two ahead of ours weather wise.

  9. earthboysblog August 29, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    Sweet little chickens, the boys love ours to, they are teaching them to fly at the moment placing them in high branches.. not sure the chickens like it very much. The little eggs are precious. Jasmine,, I love it.. I do have the essential oils. Your garden is beautiful.

  10. Frockfarie August 29, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    I have a very small jasmine plant at the moment but I can’t wait until it is covering the fence. Out the front I have sweet peas everywhere and they smell delightful. Thanks for the tip about the pennyroyal, off to plant some now.

  11. regina August 29, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    i thought penny royal was a no-no around pets?
    also i have some pics i will email for heart swap but i don’t think it will mail out on time as i put into post office right before Irene…will send pics soon!

  12. Linda August 29, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Dear K,
    The pool does look lovely with the flowering peach and at last all the chickens have recovered:)

    Dear Indigo Inspirations,
    I didn’t realise that Jasmine could be so destructive! We have let it loose on our grapevine trellis and by our swimming pool and also in the area where we store our garbage bags before they are collected:)

    Dear Cat,
    Oh dear, Jasmine is considered a weed, how sad, it certainly does grow like one though:) I added a note to my blog: (Tip, Pennyroyal is not edible, should not be planted near pets, but is an excellent insect repellent to keep away ants and mosquitoes and insects that want to eat your gorgeous strawberries and tomato plants). I own a copy of ‘Companion Planting’ by Margaret Roberts and it is wonderful. Please always check the safety of herbs and certain plants before planting them in your garden.

    Dear Jeanene,
    It is lovely to hear from you:) Chickens are so precious, I hope you have had the most wonderful travel experience:) Take care xo

    Dear Frockfarie,
    Sweet peas are lovely to have in the garden:) I did look up more info on Pennyroyal and I have added it to the blog post, simply, it is not edible and should be planted away from pets, it is used to keep away insects.

    Dear Regina,
    I am looking forward to your photos:) Thank you for commenting about Pennyroyal, It is not edible, not to be planted around pets and is mainly used to keep insects away from plants as a companion plant. I have altered the blog post to include this information:)
    Take care
    Linda

  13. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} August 29, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I just love reading about how spring has sprung for you 🙂 We’re winding down now in the garden and the leaves are already starting to turn color and fall from the trees so it is so neat to see all of the brand newness in your corner of the world 🙂

  14. no spring chicken August 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I had no idea that Jasmine was so huge when grown where it belongs. Several years ago I talked my mom and sister into buying a lovely potted jasmine. We were on a girls trip and in the valley jasmine is a perennial. Where we live it would be an annual. The plants were GORGEOUS and smelled like heaven. I didn’t hesitate to purchase one and it made me crazy that they were moaning that they wished they could have one but it just wasn’t worth it for one summer. I convinced them that if it were a cute pair of shoes on sale they wouldn’t hesitate and the cost of the jasmine was far less than that. Both of them went home with a plant and smiled all summer for the purchase….

    Thanks for the memory Linda!

    Blessings, Debbie

  15. Rachel August 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I keep forgetting your seasons are opposite of ours! It is quite warm here. The flowers and plants look tired and droopy but full of produce. I just brought in several big bowls of tomatoes.

    Our chickens aren’t laying yet. Everyday I look. I can’t wait to see the first one.

    Fall is soon around the corner. Much harvesting going on here.

    Hugs,
    Rachel

  16. Forest-Dweller August 30, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    While everything is looking forward to its nap…I get to enjoy spring with you. Two days I we will be full time campers…I am taking my wagon garden with me and the rest I will have to live through yours and other blog friends gardens.

    With All That I am
    Carrie “Forrest-Dweller” Duvall
    The Handmade Homemaker

  17. Apseed August 31, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    So unusual for me to see that somewhere is Spring right now. Our weather is getting colder and darker. Your blog entries will be a reminder that winter never lasts forever.

  18. K September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Here is a sad truth: i have no idea what real jasmine smells like. And I still love the picture of Erin and Milly.

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