Monday, May 1, 2017

Oh's Mayday, it's Mother's day...

it's Father's day, i'ts Children's day, its Everyday,
always flowers from the garden.

Ended the last month with roses  and start this month with roses, as this, the time of roses, at least in my garden.

Crépuscule is a reliable rose bred by Francis Dubreuil in France in 1904. It is a Noisette, one of the Old Garden Rose categories.

In my garden practically flowering through out the year. With its decorative small clusters, Crépuscule creates a beautiful rose display with intense, sweet, Old Rose fragrance.

Crépuscule can grow into a very large tall shrub rose up to 4m high and 2 to 4m wide. It is also capable of a semi-climbing habit and can be trained against a trellis or along a fence. Crépuscule is orange, fading to apricot-yellow; the name is French for “twilight”, very apt given its colour reminiscent of sunset.

Quickly to repeat to flower, richly fragrant and very disease resistant; these attributes ensure that Crépuscule is for sure a favourite rose in my garden.

Harvested Jaboticaba. These cherry like fruit are absolutely delicious. These had the perfect ripeness and sweetness. Even the fairly tough skin could be eaten. They are like little health bombs; one fruit contains:
Jaboticaba fruit is low in carbohydrates. It is a rich source of vitamin C and also contains other vitamins like vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid. Minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese and zinc are also present in this fruit. In addition to vitamins and minerals, Jaboticaba is also a good source of several amino acids, fatty acids and many powerful antioxidants that have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies reveal that Jabotica peel is a high source of dietary fiber and phenolic compounds (anthocyanins) that have potent antioxidant properties. Jabuticaba along with its Myrtaceae family fruits have high content of ellagitannins. Jaboticaba peel has one of the highest content of ellagic acid. Anthocyanins content increases with ripening of the fruit.

Also made shortbread biscuits today. Recipe from the "Great Dixter Cookbook"
As I have a habit to change recipes to suit me,  I used a bit less butter and added  some white wine to moisten the dough.
350 g plain flour, 175 g Rice flour,  175 g of caster sugar and I used 300g butter instead of 350 g but added  1/3 cup of white wine. Mix  it all together  and roll out on baking paper. Bake 180 C for around 30 min. Cut the shortbread  while still hot but leave it on the tray until cool. The bikkies are delicious.

OK I think that's it for today. 
I worked for about 4 hours in the herb garden, cleaning up. Not yet finished, as there is so much to do. It already looks much better again. 

Many herbs find any nooks and crannies to lodge their seed. Here Mexican Tarragon has seeded into the gaps of the concrete tiles.

Love, whose month is ever May,
Spied a blossom passing fair 
Playing in the wanton air.  

See you soon again.

Photos/Text #myGARDEN Ts

Monday, April 3, 2017

APRIL arrived with cyclonic winds and lots of rain.

Early morning in the garden.

It is always hands on in this garden. Still needs a lot of cleanup from the last storm. 

I have also ordered a few new - old Tea roses,  as some of my roses had their swansong last year. They will be delivered at the beginning of June.

General Gallieni; Old Fashioned fragrant Tea  rose from 1899. It needs a frostfree position and will  produce blooms all year round. Happy in sun or shade, cupped fragrant flowers are a coppery red blend of salmon, apricot, pink, yellow and maroon. Olive green foliage. Height : 1.2m

Amelia Anderson; a pillar Tea Rose. Lightly scented, creamy – mauve to pink. Classic buds open to very full blooms with a muddled peony like centre. Recurrent. 2.5m x 1.2m.

Jean Ducher;  an elegant old tea rose; 1873, shrub, continuous flowering, scented, tolerates small amount of shade, some thorns, . Soft peachy-pink blooms

Marie Van Houtte; 1871
 large, globular flowers of lemon yellow, deeper in the center, with pinkish lilac suffusing the tips of the petals. Its dark, shiny  foliage is a good foil to the light flowers. 

St.Francis Xavier;

Rosette Delizy; 1922
 reaching no more than 1.2m  perfect for the smaller garden or pots.. The strongly colored roses have centers of ocher yellow with outer petals of carmine in a neat and shapely form. The flowers have a typical Tea fragrance and are produced with satisfying regularity.

Perle des Jardins; 1874

90x60 cm, warm climate, pots, fragrant, repeat flowering

Bishop’s Lodge Riverina Sunset, a lovely, Tea Rose, pink watercolour quality in its blooms and suggests the airy, pink light in the Riverina plains at the end of a beautiful day. Very recurrent. 1.2m x 1.2m.

Riverina Sunset; 


A new lease of life after pruning and some TLC for the roses.

These hardy Salvia plants have flowered through the hot, dry summer and it seems they do not want to stop. I give them a haircut from time to time, a bit of organic fertilizer, like mulch and a little water and off they go and do their flowering stuff on and on.
The pink one I received as a cutting and I am not sure of its name, as there are so many similar ones. 
The blue/purplish Salvia is known under the odd and awkward name of Mystic Towers.


Autumn in the subtropics is not a good bye to flowers or a welcome to rust flecked leaves. It is like a rehearsal of another spring, especially when the rain gods had a change of mind with their magic wand, plants get a new lease of life, show their lust for life and continue to flourish like their was no change of season. Autumn in the subtropics is welcome with its softer sunlight, its cooler nights and lets wear woolly socks as the spoiled for heat shiver in the slightest breeze. Ts

This part of the back garden was nearly dead this summer as it was so dried out, now in autumn after the rain it got a new lease of life. Tall tropical Salvia and Brillantaisia shrub can not wait to show of  soon their best flowers in colours of purple and pink.

When Mrs Bolton, Azalea/Rhododendron cross shows her best side I know it is the season called autumn.

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, Flapjack, Paddle plant, 
desert cabbage, it thrives under the most funny names. It is just about to flower. I love its mealy appearance, big, bold leaves red around the rim, intensified in the cool season. 

I hope you enjoy the plants photographed yesterday. 


A beautiful Autumn day.

Diversity in the garden. Plants can live happily together.

Native Palms Bangalow and Alexandra Palm leaves mingle with a tall  growing Hibiscus schizopetalus with its attractive red flowers and different coloured leaves of  climbing Philodendron. I enjoy how easily plants in general fit together without planning. Ts

April is colourful, it sparkles  with pink and golden yellow, purple, blue and hues in between. Sure the days are getting shorter, the heat and humidity are dismissed to make  working in the garden very agreeable. Some plants have outgrown their welcome an d need pruning for next spring. Some plants say goodbye and leave some seed for their rebirth. Glossy foliage turns dull before returning to earth, Flower petals  artistically  carpet the place where they have spend  their glory days in summer. What has flourished slowly integrates into the earth again to nourish the next generations of plants. Fragments of fading light highlight leaves, buds and flowers until early darkness enfolds the garden into its nightly caress. Ts

Tall, tropical Salvia Pink Iceicle

This Salvia may soar over 2 m tall, in its build-up to its autumn/winter blooming period.  Its flowers of soft pink not that often seen in Salvias. An involucrata-type plant, it was a seedling discovered in Australia. It likes to grow in a sunny position. Prune it back after flowering in late winter and fertilize at the same time. It might be beneficial to also prune back hard in early summer to control its size. Propagate from cuttings taken in spring or autumn.

Abutilon x hybridum – Pink (Flowering Maple / Chinese Lantern). Exotic large shrub that has
pink flowers which occur All Year It has green foliage and prefers a part-full sun position in a general soil. Height:1.8 to 2 Width:1 to 1.5.
Much loved by honey eaters in my own garden.

Camelia sasanqua, tiny single petals. It is the first Camellia to flower in my garden together with Camellia setsugekko, single white flowers. Sasanquas are really easy to grow. They grow in clay and are never watered besides rain. S. can be grown in full sun. Mine are in dappled shade under tall trees. 

Tropical Salvia  like Pink Iceicle. 

Tropical Salvia Madrensis.

Pineapple Salvia /gladioly

Ruellia squarrosa

Self seeding Chia/Salvia


Oh, so pretty, old China Rose "Old Blush"
has slept more or less over the hot, humid  and very dry summer.
Now it has recovered and the bush is full of petite, double flowers, each bud opens to a little treasure with a fine fragrance and subtle water colours.


Pots are part of any garden, filled with some favoured plants or empty, perhaps ready for something new. I don't like plastic pots I prefer terracotta.

Geraniums love the cooler season. They languish in the hot and humid summer. 

The pretty new growth of a succulent called "donkey ears" Kalanchoe gastonis bonnierii.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. 

William Shakespeare
 Who could ever say something so positive and nice, better than the great thinker and poet W.S.


quickly a few more April pictures

No one will argue that our native flora is absolutely special and beautiful. Callistemon/Bottlebrushes.

Always liked the easy going and always good looking Tree aloe. 

Behind another one with very fleshy and spiny leaves, already in flower.

Good by April  💚

Fresh, shiny leaves and lots of buds on Camellia japonica "Drama Girl"

Euphorbia millii since many years in my garden, happily, in bloom for most of the year.

Finishing with Rose crepuscule who is ready to show her best side.


See you tomorrow, May be...

Believe it or not;
After April, May arrives, as simple as that, no effort at all we  just say good by April, Hello May.

©Photos/Text Ts #mygarden