Garden Wanderings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s fun traversing the garden with my camera in hand.  The lens helps me see things in a different light, though I’m not always able to capture it.  Beautiful, golden grasses grow at the edge of our garden, but I’ve never been able to record and share their beauty as they move in the wind, offset by the vivid blue sky.  The grasses remind me of a film from my childhood of “amber waves of grain.”

In reality, not everything in the garden is as beautiful as amber waves of grain.  This month I’ve decided to capture the good (flowering vines), the bad (frost damage) and the ugly (pine sap) of my recent garden wanderings.  Here goes:

Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer' (Purple Vine Lilac)

Wrapping Around the Trellis

Daphne Odora

Frost-damaged Ferns

Pine Sap Clings to the Cat Netting

4 thoughts on “Garden Wanderings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. It’s all beautiful, and beautifully captured! I thought the pine sap looks like frost or ‘baby’ icicles, and the ferns have incredible form no matter what their color. 🙂 I enjoy seeing you garden pictures–good, bad & ugly (although, to me, they’re never ugly!).


    • Thank you, Candace. The pine sap does look a bit like icicles! I have another photo of the ferns just below the sap and they look like someone brushed them with blue paint. It is the strangest thing. I made the mistake of touching the sap and it took three hand-washings to release it. Amazing stuff…the precursor to glue no doubt. I appreciate your comments!


  2. It’s fun to see all the different names for our plants – What you call “Happy Wanderer” is know as “Australian Pea Vine” at my place – ours is pink – the best thing is, it is virtually indestructible:) Neither drought, neglect. nor freezing temps. can keep it down. My favorite kind of plant – and, it flowers profusely in January and February. Our neighborhood rabbits (aka Peter Rabbits) won’t eat it either.


    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Sue! I’ve not seen one in pink! I have read that the plant is native to Australia so I’m sure they are related. The bloom only lasts a few weeks but it is spectacular. I’m glad Pete Rabbit leaves your plant alone. When you live in the mountains, that is saying a lot. Miss you.


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