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Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Garden, January; Happy New year 2017.



JANUARY


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





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.
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Morning light on the beautifully flowering Cassia fistula.


©All photos Ts #mygarden 10/01/2017

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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

January


Spiral ginger


Buddleia

February


Bromeliad Pitcairnia


Hoya carnosa

March



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.

April



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.


May



Fresh from the garden..you 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.


June



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.

July



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.


August



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".

September

my favourite month of the year.



The first Hippeastrums.


Rose Crepuscule


Herbgarden


Dendrobium Orchids, as tough as old boots.


October




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







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

November

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











December
just started
Summer

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



Agapanthus

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.