Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our back garden makeover

Our back garden over the years has gone through many changes and during the drought we decided to stop watering what we had there, so it was a fairly bare patch for quite some time. Our family room has 3 large windows which looks out over the back yard and I was sick of not seeing a pretty garden!  Sooo..in August 2009 we re-did it but made it waterwise with a dripper system etc. I love flowers, so it had to be a cottagy type garden.
Here are some shots of the preparation and planting.
Weed mat was laid. It is an open weave mat so allows air to circulate, not like the black plastic that turned the soil sour.


Just over a year on...October 2010...it's starting to take shape and I have a pretty garden once again to look out onto!!




Along the lattice panel I have planted 3 Pierre de ronsards which have started to grow nicely althought not as quick as I would like. However, I am hoping that it won't be long and they will look like this.
Chutney Chops
One of mine and my families favourite meals is Chutney Chops. I love it not only because it tastes so good but is so very easy to make.

You just layer a baking dish with chops

Cover with Rosella Fruit Chutney (or your favourite chutney) and continue layering depending on your quantity.

Cover with alfoil and place in the oven on 180 deg for 1½ hrs or more depending once again on quantity.
The chops come out so succulent and falls off the bone. Delicious! 
Serve with veggies of your choice.



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Have a great weekend.

8 comments:

OzRose said... Reply to comment

Thanks for dropping by Annette. The green roses are spectacular arent they?! My friend is a florist so thats where they came from. I think you can only get them commercially at the moment as they are fairly new. I will find out the name for you tho when I see her next. I like how your garden is coming along. I presume you live in Loxton or surrounds? Nice place up there.

Pip at Rest is not idleness said... Reply to comment

Your garden is looking good Annette, the drought was quite hard on a lot of gardens, all the gardens are looking quite lovely now. With all the extra rain, we might still have nice looking gardens at Christmas.

Bev C said... Reply to comment

Hello Annette,

Wow, that garden has really taken of. I bet you have lots of butterflies with all those purple flowers. Your chop recipe looks divine, I just love chutney,it always reminds me of summer,though I wouldn't be able to eat the chops.

Happy Gardening.
Bev.xoxo

GeorgyG design said... Reply to comment

The garden looks great, I like the plants you have chosen, a few of my favourites. We have used a lot of purples and pinks in our front garden. Thanks too for visiting my blog. G

koralee said... Reply to comment

Thank you so much for visiting me the other day...your blog is lovely and your garden amazing!

Those roses won my heart...what a great job you did!

Hugs for a great new week.

Carolyn said... Reply to comment

Hi Annette,
Your garden is doing well and I love the roses.
I will be able to watch your garden grow since it is spring for you and my garden season is coming to a close.
Thank you for visiting me,
Carolyn

Beach Vintage said... Reply to comment

Gardens are a never ending job aren't they. Mine is overgrowing at the moment with all this rain we have been getting.

teresa said... Reply to comment

Love the photos of your garden and the roses are just gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe.. you can't beat nice easy, quick ones like this. I will be trying this one!

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