Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Back in Sydney, Pictures

Flower Picking

I don’t have a garden in Germany. When Spring arrived this year, I spent a lot of time sitting in parks, listening to the bees and trying to discretely smell and then pick flowers. Spring in Bavaria was absolutely beautiful, exactly the kind of Northern hemisphere Spring I had read of in books as a child. Bright yellow fields of canola flowers, long, green grass and flowers everywhere. After such long, cold winters, you can hear and smell and see the world waking up, shaking off the last of the frost. Where I live in Australia, we don’t really have that – we don’t have the sort of weather that shuts everything down, runs animals underground and strips flora of all its growth so only naked, embarrassed spindles remain, all the better to wait out the snow and icy nights. Our chilly, wet winters give way to Spring with bluer skies, a burst of blossom and a wink. But if you sit in a park on a warm day in May, in a country that has just finished shovelling snow off its roads, you can feel Spring spring.

When I go back to Germany, I won’t have a garden either. Just pots of herbs, vases of flowers and a favourite park. In fact I probably won’t have a garden like the one I grew up with, ever again. All the more reason to spend as much time in this one while I can, while it’s still something I can call my own.









  1. Crissouli

    12 November, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    A lovely post and what a beautiful garden… an inspiration for what I am now doing with mine…

    I have also forgotten to tell you that I love your copyright notice… hope it works well for you 🙂

    1. Liv

      16 November, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thank you! It has worked reasonably well (I think… fingers crossed …)

  2. Paige

    12 November, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I know how you feel! Here in the Caribbean it’s hard to have a real garden as well. It makes me miss the incredible gardens in England and the easiness of having my own garden there 🙂

    1. Liv

      16 November, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Ohhh English gardens, with all their flowers and greenness. I can’t imagine a lush garden would be too easy to create in the Caribbean?

      1. Paige

        16 November, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        No, it’s not. Everything dies from the heat/sun exposure. I’ve tried lots of plants & herbs and really the only ones that survive are the specifically tropical ones 🙂

  3. ernestwhile

    13 November, 2012 at 7:22 am

    As New York unwinds from our wee hurricane and one-day snowfall, this lovely look at summer was truly delightful. Thank you!

    1. Liv

      16 November, 2012 at 11:19 am

      You are most welcome. And best, best, best wishes for your and your city’s recovery.

  4. cravesadventure

    13 November, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful Photos:) Have a Great One!

  5. Sarah

    16 November, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’ve loved your blog since finding it in the Spring. I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award if you’re interested. Have a good one!

    1. Liv

      16 November, 2012 at 11:20 am

      You are very kind, thank you so much. Shall check it out!

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