Saturday, 22 November 2014

A virtual garden tour - the type where you don't leave your chair

I'm just back from another trip to Auckland for work. I stayed with my mum and dad and enjoyed seeing them again. Some of you asked to see more of mum's needle work and her garden, so here goes.

Mum's canvas work cushions

more of mum's cushions

Mum's canvas work Laura J Perin's Christmas Wreath

We went to pick up the framed wreath, but were really unhappy with the framing. It was such a pity after so much hard work. They agreed to take the frame off and try again, but I still think it will be too close to the stitching. Anyway, it's a beautiful piece of work. The ribbon at the top is done in a very velvet thread from Rainbow Gallery and is just gorgeous. I have all the threads and sparkly canvas here to do it for myself, but it hasn't risen to the top of the list yet. The Christmas spirit usually hits me about a week out from Christmas, so I might even start it before the end of this year.


Now for some spring time garden photos taken yesterday. Yes, orchids can grow outside in Auckland, provided they are kept in a sheltered place.

Orchids on the right hand side of this photo

more orchids and hydrangeas about to flower soon








That's a NZ native cabbage tree growing in the neighbour's garden. It doesn't produce cabbages.


So, you've had virtual garden tour of my mum and dad's home in Auckland, New Zealand. I hope you've enjoyed it.

10 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Your mum is a wonderful needle work artist as well as a superb gardener.

Linda Steele said...

Wow, love your Mums work

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Aha! The crafty talent is genetic!

margaret said...

Your Mum certainly makes beautiful canvas pieces all lovely. Garden looking beautiful and you seem to have a lovely view further afield to admire too

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

What incredible talent you and your mum share! It really is amazing at all the detail that has been put in your and her pieces of art. And your garden is also gorgeous with all the green and flowers.

Schulz Family said...

Love that you had to explain about the cabbage. !!!

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Well I thought that some people might picture us climbing the cabbage tree to get cabbages, like you climb a coconut tree to get coconuts!

Pam Wilde said...

The Christmas wreath is my favorite but I cant do needlepoint any more, love seeing all the flowers with us under so much snow

Carol Q said...

The stitching talent obviously runs in the family Wendy. What a shame they didn't frame your mum's work as you would have liked. I was staggered to find one of my x-stitch pictures had actually been glued to the backing - sacrilege! Beautiful garden pics, especially as the UK is hitting winter.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Thank you Pam.