Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The merry month of August; Rose loves August.

I am happy with a small home, a large garden, 
my family, a few true friends. Books many and more. Hmm... computer, Ipad, camera, mobile...and my roller skates.

Rose loves August;


Morning snack, sitting in the herb garden and eating a  juicy Mandarin just picked from the tree.

It is Aussie Mandarin time and the best are from your own trees. There is no comparison. Delightful, the orange fruit glowing between the dark green leaves asking to be picked and savoured.

The form "Mandarine" derives from the French name for this fruit. The reason for the epithet "mandarin" is not clear, hypotheses range from the yellow colour of some robes worn by Mandarin dignitaries to the mandarin fruit being an excellent kind of Chinese orange.

Molecular studies revealed the mandarin, the citron, the pomelo and the papeda were the ancestors of most other commercial citrus varieties, through breeding or natural hybridisation; mandarins are therefore all the more important as the only sweet fruit among the parental species.

This peach tree comes with a little story attached. I found it growing down at the gate entrance. Some stranger must have eaten a peach there and its discarded seed must have landed  in the verge garden at the entrance. Merrily it has grown to a little tree and flowered many springs but never had any fruit, but wonderful double blossoms. Then once upon a time Peter dug it out and brought it up to the little home orchard. There it has flowered and born peaches. The peaches are flat and a bit floury, but quite nice when eaten early. This year again it is flowering beautifully, but it will need a pruning as the branches are now trying to reach the sky.

It might be a Saturn peach tree, Prunus persica var. platycarpa, are a variety of peach with white flesh and a flattish, round shape. 

Plum trees are a good addition to the home garden . In spring they please you with pretty flowers and later with luscious plums. They must be protected with nets from fruit fly.

A very cool August morning today, the sun is out and birds are busy at the feeders.

Rainbow Lorikeets

Female King Parrot and native crested Pigeons,

Female King Parrots

Male King Parrot

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly!  Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

Photos from this morning 15/08/2017
from a small corner of the garden.

Not only the famous Claude Monet; “I must have flowers, always, and always.” 

Oh, Petunia, sweet, tough, elegant, double, single or miniature and glorious colours, you have it all.

Purple Basil a true favourite in the herb garden for its beauty and its great attraction to bees.

Monsieur Tillier has a glorious time. I sing the song of a Rose.

Such simple Fibonacci Darlings, so endearing.

...and now it's time to feed the hens and take Booby for a walk. It is 7:56 AM and a fine, sunny day.


Having breakfast in the herb garden, looking up and around listening to the many bees collecting  pollen and nectar.

Enjoying the simple pleasure of scented roses and a clear blue sky; what colours!

My guess it will be an early spring and summer. Just spotted the first Wisteria flowers, looking closer  the climber is full of buds. I have already send my prayer to the weather gods. If they comply is an other question. Today at 5:00 PM It was still 25° C.

Daisies from another perspective. 
 Together with the self sown purple Petunia , in my view a splendid combination.
I have noted, that in a odd way nature makes the best combinations. It seems to me canny that flowers throw their seeds where it suits them and  at the same time enhances other plants nearby.

See you soon...take care, friends of the gardens.

©stories and pictures around my garden Ts
Butterfly picture courtesy Google images

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July, July, blue sky, a slice of life drama around the garden.

1/July 2017 Photos from this morning.

Winter suits this vibrant climber performing a theatrical show, mixing and climbing up trees and mingling, holding on to shrubs to show off its orange exuberance.


Here out performing a cotoneaster which is quietly good natured and does not mind at all.

A LIFE Performance; the new and the old; 

"Beach Blanket" little Roses not yet touched by the anxiety "To be or not to be"?

Camellia "Pink Gold"  Yes, I could say this is my favourite actress, she performs in the shade, away from the crowds, she pleases herself and does not care if the queen herself would drool over her.

AS, always the morning sun performs her magic turning light into shadows.

Bougainvillea California Gold.

Lookin up...

Looking down..

That's it for today,  all plants were performing this morning just for me....and for you.

5/July/ 2017

Yesterday morning when I went up to the kitchen garden to pick snow peas, I had a bit of a surprise when I spotted (actually Bobby saw her first) this early visitor curled up in the feathery bed of carrots. Waiting for the sun to warm her up. She as a beautiful carpet pattern that gives her the common name of carpet snake. If you leave them in peace they leave you in peace. Not at all aggressive or poisonous. I think it is quite a privilege to welcome wildlife like her in the garden.

Act II
This morning, 19/07/2017 Roses, a new flush, lovely to see;

Roses have played a dramatic role in the Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses 1455 - 1487 were a series of wars for control of the throne of England fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster, and the House of York. The red rose of the House of Lancaster and the white rose of the House of York.

Rose Mr. Lincoln.
Bred by Swim & Weeks, USA, 1964 this is a very tall growing rose to 1.8 metres.
The dark red blooms are very fragrant and high-centred and the petals have incredible substance and when fading, take a rather dark purple hue. This rose is ideal for the vase and one bush will produce many magnificent long, strong stems.

Apricot Nectar quite pink in winter, photos are showing natural colours.

Apricot Nectar, Floribunda Rose bred by Eugene Boerner in the USA and introduced by  in 1965. It is one of the most popular Floribunda Roses in Australia due to its vigorous growth habit, regular repeat flowering and its consistent performance throughout its growing period. Much recommended for the sub-tropic gardens.

Perfectly aesthetic, Nature's know how for a few glorious days.

The dark side of roses; perfect today and perhaps tomorrow.

A sweet, Orchid has made an appearance, showing of its tiny flowers, Twinkle is its stage name.

Next show...perhaps tomorrow...

20/07/2017 3.00 PM a beautiful sunny day.

A selfie, yes, Roses  do make selfies.

Tibouchina high up, winking, flirting, look at me, pick me,make me a star for ever.

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars” 
― Seneca

Glorious early morning;

Morning always comes,  no dawdling or  perhaps,  or maybe tomorrow.  Mornings are steadfast you may rely on them to arrive every day.  HAVE A NICE ONE . T.s

Lovely to see when the sun touches the morning. Ts

...and a look into the Valley.

Bye, bye July; Last act; The Kings and the clowns.

Some  feathered friends visit every day.

King Parrots; the male is brilliant red the female has a much more subdued colouring.

the clowns.

 Cheeky Rainbow Lorikeets.

The subtropics might not have  a favourite season. There is no transitory period. No harshness of winter. Autumn is like a song, winter is poetic. Spring? There is none or not much of it as this season  is mainly swallowed up by summer. In September we might get the only glimpse of  a season called spring. High summer has a harshness about it with high humidity, always hot, ferocious rain pelting the grounds/ floods or contrary with unforgiving dry spells. The sun sizzles and the birds sleep in the daytime.

Thank you for visiting and leaving a calling card. Hopefully see you in August again.

                      ©Photos/Text/Stories around the garden Ts

Friday, June 2, 2017

June; a winter-garden;

Life means more than just being alive. Ts

The softest pink of the morning sun makes the darkest corner glow. Ts

Variegated, dark red Bougainvillea begins to flower now, a flamboyant winter's treat.

Here a pretty pink C.sasanqua growing since many years in the garden. Always a pleasure to see. These are such easy shrubs/trees, no fuss at all.

Colourful leaves are welcome any time. Especially when they are as easily grown as cordylines.

I am asked:"What is winter like in the subtropics?" Sunny, warm days and cool nights. Sometimes the winter witches are let loose and then the wind blows cold, the landscape looks eerie and bland for a day or two mostly three or four and I can't wait until dust motes dance again in the warming morning sun.


Brugmansia; Angels Trumpets;  The plant may grow to a tree and flowers many times of the year with an abundance which amazes me every time. They scent the air at night and early morning. It is just one of those plants you don't want to miss in your garden.

Nature’s might we do not fully understand,  we are overwhelmed and saddened by its 
relentless reasons of cruelty, or we are awestruck by its actions of beauty and serenity. Ts


Dendrobium Orchids are very easy to grow preparing themselves now to flower in September.

Trees are the perfect place to grow many different kinds of Orchids be it in pots or  holding on to branches with their roots.

Pretty Gerberas,  this is one of the old breeds. growing very well in all conditions in the garden.The new hybrids do not last in my garden.

A modest garden contains for those who know how to look and to wait,
more instruction than a library.
Henri Frédéric Amiel 1821 - 1881


Iceberg rose in the wintry, early morning sun. Everything looks the same despite a big shadow has settled over the garden.  It is absurd but a timeless time,we can not see or touch, heals everything to a certain extend. With every family member you lose settles a bittersweet memory.

No winter without annuals in pots, here Petunia, Daisies violas and carnations.

No winter blog post without my favourite Monsieur Tillier. The rose bush has grown very big full of bud and roses in a steady continuation. In winter the flowers are big. In the summer's heat they are tiny and not growing and flowering as profusely as they do now.
I love the old antique roses, their history and beauty, lived through centuries and looked after by dedicated people.

...and then there is this, as a garden never sleeps, at least this is the case in the subtropics..

and this, palm fronds torn to pieces by my JR Bobby.


Pretty and odd, Malaviscus penduliflorus, with brilliant red flowers, also known under the names of Turk's cap which might be not politically right anymore, but I could not care less what the right, left or centre dictate; also known as sleeping Hibiscus which is rather sweet. For all I know it is a tough floriferous shrub. It may grow quite tall if not pruned.
I like it!

Morning dew blushes the  flowers of Euphorbia millii.

I am an early morning person, even in Winter I love to see the first rays of the sun, here gilding the last colourful leaves of a Persimmon tree.The fence is the boundary for the chickens. Many fruit trees are in the chicken yard, as they will eat all the fallen fruit.

Poinsettias are a real winter treat and make a splendid show for many month with their  beautifully  coloured leaves.

This morning;

Brilliant sunrise.

Sunrise begins
Sunset ends
the day
We see the light
We see the dark
In-between we hear our story
A little spark of happiness
Or silence
Our journey with the light and the dark. Ts

Last day in June 30/06/2017

Heliconia angusta "Christmas" is flowering now and these beautiful flowers are crying out to be picked.

It is better to be a young June bug than an old bird of paradise. Mark Twain.
Well the month of June has danced like a butterfly, it has produced  green leaves, pink roses, beautiful dawns and brilliant sunsets. The sunshine, golden softness and the rains plentiful. 
Hopefully I see you in July. Take care and enjoy your garden.

©Photos and stories from the garden Ts