Saturday, October 7, 2017

October; a month of colours and smiles;

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.” 
― Thomas More

I do not fully agree with this as I think animals have a soul as well, sometimes more so than humans.

October  comes from the name octo latin for eight.  On the ancient roman calendar October was the 8ht month not like today the 10th month of the year.

Photo 04/October 2017 6:16 AM

Daily visitors.

October a month of Hippies.

Bold and Beautiful

The first to flower; Photo 03/October 2017  2:53 PM

14/October 2017
The days have run away as fast as they could. Today rain glorious rain to nourish our dry soil.

Bulbs love October; they are or are getting ready to show off their radiant, ravishing colours.

Chilli Spice

Orange Sherbet

A garden not loved ceases to grow, it dies and with it all the  pleasure of existing.Ts

A few of the first daylilies to flower. (Petticoat frills)

Louisiana Iris, have a short, glorious time in October

Pecan nut tree with its attractive pendulous flowers.  Bees love them.

 Jaboticaba tree, fruit grows along the branches. Oh,  so  looking forward to the fruit, delicious.

Salvia Majestic Spires has a long flowering period, practically all year round. When one flush is finished I prune the plant and it starts to grow the next flush of flowers right away.

Jeanne Ducher has proven to be the right choice. The Rosebush has grown well, full of buds and the first to flower.

 Rain 80 mm in the rain Gauge, this morning.

Peter's favourites were red Geraniums.

Irene Watts, always enchanting when in full flower.

...and a glimpse into the herb garden, grows many other plants as well like a miniature Peach tree , a fig tree, along a wall Bougainvillea , daisies, roses and some old cacti needing protection and heat.

to be continued  🐦🐤♡🌲😉

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hello September; first month of spring.

Here in the southern Hemisphere September heralds spring.  For me so, September is tinged with autumn colours, despite its spring reputation here.  September is a lovely month and not just because it is my birth month. Be it in the northern Hemisphere it is so beautiful, the landscape  should be getting quieter but no it sends out its fieriest colours to send off the summer season. Here it is spring but one has to hurry not to miss it, because it goes so quickly into the summer’s heat.

06/September 2017

The first days in September have just flown past me. Beautiful Iceberg Rose has flowered all winter long but really puts up her best show now.

Not that much changes from August to September. Daisies still look like Daisies!!

A look over the fence into the dark garden where the lizards can live without being harassed by Bobby.  It needs some clean up before the summer heat. September is usually the month when everything that has not been done over winter is done in a hurry.

Photos from 06/September 2017

Jeanne Ducher is the first to flower from the recent new plantings along the Rose walk of  "old Roses".

The odd curled flowers of Perle d'or; planted in 2014.

Growing since many years  in my garden; High up the beautiful red flowers of  the native Atherton Waratah from North Queensland.

14/September 2017

Lets September show of a little of its gold. Not in its  pocket but growing happily in the garden. Not flamboyant but pretty and  easily looked after..

Love Nasturtium it has so many attributions. Tropaeolum, commonly known as nasturtium, is a genus of  around  80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. It was named by Carl Linnaeus in his book Species Plantarum, and is the only genus in the family Tropaeolaceae. 

These are the pretty,  golden bells of Abutilon. Easy to grow easy to look after.

Nothing beats Sloggers in the garden.

Dendrobium Orchids love trees, Nomen est Omen.

Euryops pectinatus; Sonnenschein= Sunbeam, is a compact, tender, shrub, grown for its fern-like, hairy grey leaves and bright, golden yellow, daisy flowers.
Drought tolerant; suitable for xeriscape, flowering now, a good addition to any garden.
It can be grown from cuttings but does not seed and it is not invasive in my garden.

That's it for today "Friends of the Gardens. See you again, may be tomorrow or next time.

26/September 2017

The "Orchid host" tree

Growing along the rose walk , low growing, pretty and wonderfully scented old rose Irene Watts

A sea of daisies is very attractive to butterflies

Polygala needs to find a home it is waiting in a pot.

Leaves of the birdsnest fern

Green is a restful colour, associated with nature, youth, spring, and hope.

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance,  the colour of clothing showed the owner's social status. Green was worn by merchants, bankers and the gentry. The word green comes from the Middle English and Old English word grene, which, like the German word grün, has the same root as the words grass and grow, from a Common Germanic *gronja-, which is also reflected in Old Norse grænn, Old High German gruoni  to grow.
The first recorded use of the word as a colour term  dates to ca. AD 700.
Latin  viridis, vert in French.

It is Orchid flowering time in the garden.

An other month nearly done, see you around friends of the gardens.

Poets love the seasons. The seasons their daily bread and butter. John Milton,  sweet about spring;
O Nightingale, that on yon bloomy Spray
     Warbl'st at eeve, when all the Woods are still,
     Thou with fresh hope the Lovers heart dost fill,
     While the jolly hours lead on propitious May,
Thy liquid notes that close the eye of Day,

The last days in September,  despite the dry spell, have produced Roses and Geraniums. Have let the morning sun play on Bromeliads waiting patiently for rainy days. Have  let bloom the first day-lily seedling  "Fabi" for this spring/summer. 

Old Rose 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.

St.Francis Xavier.

Interesting modern rose using 2 old Tea roses. Low and compact with fully double, flowers.

Bromeliad,it will grow quite big leaves up to 1 m long with beautiful large sprays of flowers.


September, spring, yet there are not many spring days in September, as September  rushes its days into summer. Tiny frogs hidden in the smallest leaves, croak already with all their might. Their call persistent for cushion soft clouds and silvered  raindrops.

This was September 2017 a glimpse of the garden.

©Photos/ Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla

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 Bobby 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.

This Sunday morning; 27/08/2017

Frolicking bees on a china rose "Old Blush".

Nearly burying themselves into the flower to get all the pollen. 


Kalanchoe, orange bells captured from beneath, a mother of thousands as the folks tale goes.

..take care friends of the gardens. See true Aussi characteristic mode.

 A last word from my good friend Epicurus
“I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.” 

Last day in August;
it seems to me it was a long month, probably in my imagination.

Some of the hybrid Azaleas are still in flower. Kurume A,  I have pruned back as they have finished their fiery display.

Mangoes are in full flower, heavy boughs. Hope we have a good Mango year.

Love the exuberance of flowers on our native tea trees. Swarming with drunken insects.

Some native shrubs waiting to be planted next. 


Mint tea in the herb garden.

Goodbye for now friends of the gardens, hope to see you in September.

© All Photos from my garden/ texts Ts 
if not mentioned from a different source.