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A shady corner, a pink carpet, and moss!

After a few days of rain, the sun returned today. Occasionally it disappears behind a cloud, but for the most part, the day has been sunny, but cool.

The light today is ideal for taking photos, so I took advantage of the day and photographed a shady area in my back garden. Husband built this retaining wall from volcanic rocks – our soil is full of them! – many years ago. I love the “aged” look the rocks have now, even though they would have been tens of thousands of years old when the wall was built. They seem to have melded into their surroundings over the years.

The wall faces south, our cool aspect, and moss happily clings to the rocks all year round. We also have a few plants growing amid the moss and rocks, although we didn’t plant them. Maybe birds have dropped seeds in the ideal place for these lovely plants to germinate.

I suspect some of the plants are staghorns, and others elkorns, but I don’t know for sure. Regardless, they look very much at home where they are.

These tiny plants seem to be growing in the moss, rather than in the gaps between the rocks. Only time will tell if their position is secure, or if their increased weight as they grow will cause them to fall.

Can you see the movement in Bronte’s tail? She was a very happy girl when she found her missing yellow ball. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just a few steps away from the moss covered retaining wall is another small retaining wall, also built by husband many years ago. This is where the oldest camellia tree in my garden is in full bloom.

And beneath the tree, beautifully contrasted against the green grass, is a carpet of pretty pink petals.

Right next to the camellia is the shadiest corner of my garden. This area is the coolest place in my garden during our hot summer months. Even though it is shady for most of the day, all year round, the agapanthus always flower late in the year, just before the hottest days of summer arrive.

For now though, I am enjoying the cool sunny autumn days in my garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 thoughts on “A shady corner, a pink carpet, and moss!

    1. They do give the garden character! I have a few large rocks dotted here and there in my gardens, and apart from looking lovely, they make a great seat when Iโ€™m weeding the garden bed. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  1. Lovely to see more of your garden Joanne. I was shocked to relaise I had never considered that south would be your cool side, the opposite to us. The moss and stones in your shady spot are indeed cooling and refreshing. I imagine autumn is a lovely time of year. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. My family are all English Cathy, and on cold days when I was a child my mother would say, โ€œthe north wind doth blowโ€. It must have been a poem she knew. It wasnโ€™t until I was an adult that I realised our cold wind is from the south! It makes sense though, when you think about it, as we are quite close to Antarctica here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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