Thursday, 25 February 2016

Auckland

Believe it or not, I haven't done any quilting this week.  I've been busy with work, and taking my oldest son to Auckland to start university.  Here are some photos from my mum's garden that you might enjoy, and her beautiful la passacaglia quilt top.

mum's la passacaglia, with the borders on now

Although Auckland is only 650 km (400 miles) north of Wellington, the climate is quite different. Auckland is quite a bit warmer than Wellington on average, and as a result, different plants can grow there. My mum loves her garden and I took quite a few photos while we were staying with her at Christmas.  Here's some photos of her garden:






















I certainly can appreciate a lovely garden, but unfortunately the Wellington climate is quite challenging, and I would rather spend my spare time on quilting.  As a result we mainly have bushes in our garden like camellias.

19 comments:

Deb said...

What a lovely inviting garden. Looks like it would be a joy to sit and stitch in. Your Mum's quilt is gorgeous, the amazing gene is in the family for sure. x

HeathersSewingRoom said...

That would of been a big week for you all! I hope your Son settles in well to Uni life in Auckland and Mum manages with one less person in her home. Your mum's garden and quilt match each other beautifully.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

such a beautiful garden! wow - i love it I wish that garden was mine, - love the quilt too

Her Indoors said...

When you posted your finished top, I wondered how your mother's was coming along. It is truly beautiful, as is her garden.

Julie said...

Your Mum has a beautiful garden, I love that rose. How is your son settling into Uni life/

Bellbird said...

Your mother's garden is a delight as is her La Passacaglia quilt.

Kris said...

Wow the garden and wow on the quilt too! :)

Granny Maud's Girl said...

No quilting all week?
Your mum finished her la passawhatsit quickly too. Have you photographed the two side by side? I love the differences in colour choices.
I woudl love to live in a climate with enough rain to give a healthy garden like that.

margaret said...

Your Mum`s La passacaglia is a beauty, know where you get your creativity from.
A lovely garden so much love has gone into it I am sure and it will be nice to have Granny near at hand for your son whilst at uni. My granddaughter is about to go in september. The heart wreath is a delight what a lovely decoration

Sue said...

What a lovely garden your Mum has Wendy. What suburb is she in. Her quilt is amazing. It must be so lovely to have your Mum enjoy quilting along alongside you. ( not literally of course ) 😊

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Oooh your mum's LP is lovely! My garden is quite stark at the moment ... the sun is too hot and there's not enough watering time :(

OPQuilt said...

Your mother's garden is quite inspiring! As we are looking forward to another year without water, in the fifth year of a drought, we do lots of bushes, too, and lots of desert climate-type zones. If I need to see flowers, I'll just come back here and take a look!

Angelia said...

The flowers 💐 are soooooooo beautiful and refreshing! As well as your mums quilt!!! The apple didn't fall far from the tree as we say here!!! Thanks for sharing!

Angelia said...

The flowers 💐 are soooooooo beautiful and refreshing! As well as your mums quilt!!! The apple didn't fall far from the tree as we say here!!! Thanks for sharing!

NickiJ said...

Wow, your mum sure does have a stunning garden! I wish I spent more time in mind to make it as grand as hers.

Jill Fisher said...

Well, being surrounded by all that amazing color in her garden, I can't be too surprised that your mom got the colors in her quilt top JUST RIGHT.

chromatobalomata said...

What a lovely garden and so beautiful quilt!

Dawn said...

Like daughter, like mother! Another beautiful quilt!

Deborah said...

Just found your blog today. The garden is so beautiful. Here is Canada I have a very hard time growing flowers but do have a number of flowering shrubs. I would rather quilt than garden so it is never as beautiful as I wish. I will enjoy reading your posts and learning something about quilting in New Zealand.