Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Garden, January; Happy New year 2017.


Cassia fistula, golden blooms,  behind looming a grey sky. It brought 70 mm of  rain. 
The garden smiles again. 

In the front pink Lagerstroemia, some of them are pollarded to keep them at a smaller size.

In the wild garden/bush garden, Lichen are enchanting.

A few tough pot plants. Front Salvia discolour, its flowers are dark purple/black.

Have a rest here while waiting for the next....

Some gardens leave an impression for ever.
 One of them my mother’s garden. She had two gardens, one a vegetable garden, I still can see her digging potatoes for our dinner, a  green, striped  apron over her lovely, white summer frock. Her favourite, a flower garden surrounded by a wooden picket fence faded to silver grey.  In one corner,  growing a rose bush with small, wonderfully scented white roses. She grew dark red peonies, purple, pink and dark red asters, white lilies and Zinnias in bright Summer colours. An endless blue sky, a hoe and rake leaning on the fence, white socks taken off, small toes feeling the soil, the warmth, the fragrance of a hot summer’s day…never forgotten. Ts

All pictures taken 03/01/2017  Ts

Anita, Fuchsia growing in a hanging pot. Does pretty well despite heat and humidity. I have others which are not so successful  here.

This Melon coloured Daylily is nearly a relique, been here for ever. Tall scapes, floriferous, never shows any rust, a very beautiful and tough baby. This is the second flush.

Gardeners are in general a happy lot. In a relationship with nature’s bounty, sun, wind and rain. One might hear the odd grumble, why does it not rain, oh this wind, I wish it would stop,  it is so hot a bit of shade would be a blessing, it is to cold for this time of year etc etc… But all in all they are trying to keep the planet habitable in a world choking on plastics and unessential consumerism.  

Photos 05/01/2017

Beautiful Kahili Ginger flowering now, perfumed and exotic.

One must not let it uncontrolled grow. 

Alcantarea,is a group of extremely large Bromeliads,some reaching sizes of  1.5m across with flower spikes 2.5m high. In their natural habitat they are often found perched on the beautiful high rocky cliffs of Brazil.    
Photos Ts 09/01/2017

11/01 2017


Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, an evergreen tree. it is native to tropical regions of the Americas and is widely propagated. It is in the same genus, Annona, as cherimoya and is in the Annonaceae family.
Adapted to areas of high humidity and relatively warm winters; temperatures below 5 °C will cause damage to leaves and small branches, and temperatures below 3 °C can be fatal. The fruit becomes dry and inedible.
The flavour of the fruit is flavoursome like strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavour notes,  underlying a creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut and banana. It is  a really  exotic fruit taste.

Morning light on the beautifully flowering Cassia fistula.

©All photos Ts #mygarden 10/01/2017


Keep smiling...

Summer, hot, humid and sometimes bone dry.

Hibiscus schizopetalum, hanging like lanterns on a tall shrub.

Over summer the herb garden becomes a jungle until mellow autumn arrives when the plants can be pruned  to look tidy and neat again.

Clarence River Baeckia has moved with me from the Clarence to the Gold Coast. It always reminds me of the beautiful Northern Rivers area I have left behind.

Sights and scents of nature  transport you back  to an exact moment of a memory. Ts

Photos #mygarden 15/01/2017

do not go away...I will be back..

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My daylily seedlings 2016

Seed sown 2014; first flowers 2016. Not all  have flowered yet. Conditions were not optimal.

Seedling  Bossa Nova 2016

Seedling Jodel 2016

Seedling mini Softie 2016

Seedling mini Sofie 2016

Seedling mini Yellow Button 2016

Seedling Oma's Kiss 2016

Seedling mini Trin 2016

Seedling Spider Starling 2016

Seedling Violetta 2016

Seedling Minimouse 2016

Seedling Flamenco 2016

Seedling Billy's Joy 2016

Seedling Golden Door 2016

Seedling Delie 2016

Seedling Abendsonne 2016

Seedling Aplomb 2016

Seedling BonBon 2016 has not yet reached its full potential, but I am sure it will in its second year of flowering. So I give it another chance.

Seedling Nile 2016

Seedling Carina 2016 has not reached its full potential, another chance for this one as well. If it does not improve it will be discarded. Generally the second flowering is better. 

Seedling Mona 2016

There are more, but some have not yet flowered.

Believe it or not:

Tomorrow is another day!

© Photos mygarden Ts

Saturday, December 3, 2016

To the end of year...2016


Spiral ginger



Bromeliad Pitcairnia

Hoya carnosa


Darling Billy passed away 3.September 2016, always remembered.

Native cats whiskers, I love this folksy name.

Essentials from the kitchen garden, for their beauty and wellness agents.

Some wicked. fantastic, native bees building their hives.


Trees, plant trees!

Chickens, Kitchen and Garden" work well together.  I could not imagine living without these essentials for a healthy and happy life.

A herb garden is a must it might be just a few pots to tend every day.

...and sometimes you might be inspired by something growing in the kitchen garden.


Fresh from the are what you eat.

Citrus fruit are slowly changing colour.

It was a big one, nearly one kg. Rollinia a big tree with an abundance of fruit.


A bouquet of roses from the garden.

Awesome flowers of a native paperbark, food for many birds and insects from ants to bees.

At this time of year the kitchen garden is prolific.


Red is a prominent colour in winter. Gerbera.

Slavia Adenophora flowers through winter into  late spring.

Geraniums like the cooler seasons.

Tomatoes are  can be harvested nearly  throughout the year.


Winter is blooming colourful.

Dendrobium Orchids, as beautiful they look, as easy they are to grow on trees.

Nothing can replace the wonderful geraniums.

Light and shade on a Alexandra Palm tree trunk decorated with Lichen "doilies".


my favourite month of the year.

The first Hippeastrums.

Rose Crepuscule


Dendrobium Orchids, as tough as old boots.


... and more of the flamboyant Hippeastrums, grown from seed over 30 years.

Not to forget the beautiful Jacaranda flowering through October and November.


Showing of a few of the lovely spider dsylilies, surley becoming my favourites.

just started

December 10. 3:39 PM 

Scenting the garden;

Lovely Duranta 'Geisha Lady' flowers have a vanilla scent.

Beautifully scented Lantana white and purple flower together. 

As we had some rain the lovely  rain lilies Pink Zephyrantes make a lovely show along the driveway.

Boxing day, 26/12/2016


Lovely rain refreshed the garden.
Agave attenuata

Bobby, born 20/07/2016
She helps in the garden, digging holes. She has a sweet nature and is a clever girl. 

A few pictures from the butterfly garden from last year at the same time 30/12/2015

This year was so dry most of the time all these have not flowered at all this year.

Pentas are generally tough, but this year there is not much of a show.

The beautiful cone flower/Echinacea has neither made an appearance. 

Kangaroo Paw is still green but also no flowers. 

The last Photo from this year, Lagerstoemia speciosa/ Pride of India, flowering now.

All Photos from my garden Ts

Do not follow a ready made path, do make your own trail, your own steps into the unknown 2017. Ts

Happy New Year to all.