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Monday, January 1, 2018

A new year, a new beginning...the January garden.

January 2018  Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year in the garden

Some of the birds visiting every day; there are many more, some are seasonal.





I do not like birds to be caged. I think it is very sad for a bird to be caged. Think, to be able to fly and be caught behind bars. It is very cruel. If…I would ban to cage birds all over the world.



Water bowl for bees.



China Rose, Old Blush, also called Parson's Pink. Bees love them, always swarming with bees. This rose is flowering through summer, winter, spring and autumn. It is a simple rose but amazing, very beautiful. The first rose from China introduced to Europe to create Tea-roses. Probably cultivated in China before the 10th century. 
I prune the spend flowers and on goes the flowering. 
Food and water is paramount for roses.






January, summer, heat, clouds, storms, thunder and lightening...

13/01/2018

Slowly moving and getting used to a new year. As usual this time of year it is hot and humid around 34 - 35 C

The kitchen garden produces now Melons and Pumpkins, later also sweet potatoes. Early mornings are reserved for the kitchen garden to keep it tidy and watered.









That's I there wading through the pumpkin leaves.







Pumpkins are classified as fruit not as vegetable.  Aren't they just absolutely marvellous?



Looking over to the neighbour's property, beautiful native tree flowering now. I think this is Buckinghamia celsissima, commonly known as the ivory curl. A species of trees, constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. They grow naturally only in the wet tropics rainforests areas of north eastern Queensland, Australia. 



Dwarf Dahlia are flowering now on the upper Terrace gardens where the Kitchen garden is located.





Catharantus  are pretty toughies, they do not need special coaxing to look so friendly and pink





The pretty old rose Amelia Anderson. A Bishop's Lodge Rose. The old roses are making buds again now. As small vases I use empty perfume bottles. Generally they are so pretty and well made that it  is a shame just to discard them. I take off  the spray thingy which sometimes can be a pain in the butt to do, as it generally does not come off easily.



Here is another one;

...see you next time around.

©Photos/ Texts etc.  Ts Lavender and Vanilla.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hooray, Summer, Christmas is nigh...





Bromeliad

Summer, sun, storms and heat, bursts of growth settle for quiet, hot, sleepy days.  Mornings bursting with colour and heat, evenings  coolness lingers with sun faded colours around a stormy sky. Ts



Christmas decorations are appearing in house and garden.

Vibrant 'Reds' for Christmas; 
photos 02/12/2017



Daylily 'Roses in Summer'



Daylily 'Double Bourbon'


  
Daylily 'Lois Hall'



Daylily 'Pure Indulgence'




Rose 'General Gallieni  Tea rose bred in France 1899. 

Did I mention that I adore old roses? Ts

4/12/ 2017

and it is raining, raining, raining...





Days hugged in rain and clouds are wonderful. A gift from the heavens to make me not feel guilty,  when I  am just lazy, looking and dreaming into a wet, grey landscape.






I feel sorry for the birds flying towards the feeding bowls which have become pools with the seeds washed to the bottom. 






My little bare shouldered dove arrived, trying to fish out some of the seed, she left disappointed, sorry little dove. Hopefully she might find some scattered seed in the grass.





Cicadas do not sing on a rainy wet day; it’s only the monotonous sound of grey, washing  and gurgling in little streams down the hill.





Roses look so festive when festooned with diamonds.




...hundreds or thousands ore more drops ...I have never counted them... adorn the petals for now...




The famous 'Christmas' plant Poinsettia grows here to a big shrub and flowers in Winter. It it is very showy with its red leaves which are not the actual flowers. The small flowers are just visible in the middle of the colourful leaves.


Mine need to be pruned now. They could be left to grow as a small tree, but may look sometimes a bit straggly. 



Like this one.


Here you can see the small flowers in the middle.

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An Aussi Christmas by John Smith Williams

A little bit of Okker Humour. 

Christmas in Australia is different to what you know , 
We don't see any reindeer and for sure there is no snow, 
No steaming Christmas pudding, or eggnog by the fire. , 
Too much of that there hot stuff, makes us all perspire. 

The sun is brightly shining. The sky is blue and bright , 
The waves are breaking on the beach, the tide is just in right , 
I've got my great new surfboard, the barbie's on the beach, 
The chops are cooking nicely, the snags are lined up neat, 

The temp is in the 40s, the sand is fine and white, 
There's coldies in the esky, all has turned out right 
Who needs the snow and iced up roads, Santa and his sleigh, 
We'll have a red hot Christmas that's the Aussie way. 






Sunset 08/12/2017 around 7.00 PM

18/12/2017

The Tropical's



Alamanda Caramel. I love this delicious colour.




I am a Ginger fan...is there anything more exotic, tropical than the Kahili Ginger all the way from India. 
With fragrant towers of flowers and bold foliage, Kahili ginger, Hedychium gardnerianum, is a dramatic tropical plant. Native to moist tropical forests of the eastern Himalayas in northern India, Nepal and Bhutan. and is a popular landscape ornamental throughout the world in tropical and subtropical area.  It is a declared a weed in Queensland so I must watch it that it does not let itself out of the garden😔



Big and wonderful, flowers of the edible cacti fruit Pitaya, growing along the fence in the kitchen garden.










Butternut Pumpkin flowers and  fruit soon ready for harvest.

I must say I love the flowers as much as the fruit. (Pumpkin is classified as a fruit not a vegetable.)





23/12/2017

...the leafy and shady garden.



Strelitzia nicolai, commonly known as the giant white bird of paradise or wild banana,  reaching a height of 6 m and the clumps formed can spread as far as 3.5 m 
















I love the patterns of sun and shade. Behind the fence is the leafy garden where  lizards  and other wildlife have a save heaven. 




Hopefully see you tomorrow...maybe..

24/12/2017



 To all,  enjoy a wonderful Christmas.

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Last December days in the garden 30/12/2017



Rose Marie van Houtte
1871

A valuable rose parent, Marie van Houtte is described as having large, globular flowers of lemon yellow, deeper in the centre, with pinkish lilac suffusing the tips of the petals. Its dark, shiny and occasionally evergreen foliage is a good foil to the light flowers. 






This one needs to be in check as it is a substantial seeder. 




Caesalpinia pulcherima, dwarf Poinciana, a fine summer plant for the hot climate. It needs frequent removal of the spend  flowers to keep it flowering and compact.



Front borders along the drive way are blooming now with Rainlillies. I remove the seed heads as they are seeders as well.



The lovely Rose Perle d'or. 



Pentas in different colours always favourites in the hot summer garden.










Tropical Heliconia a summer garden's fave. Also used as good cut flowers.




Iceberg Rose contrasts against the behind the fence darker foliage and wildlife garden.



Bobby's Help is always around to dismantle large palm leaf fronds.



This now is the last entry for this year.

Surprise...surprise 

a rainbow this morning; 31/12/2017



I just collected the pot of gold!

I hope you enjoyed the garden over the 12 month of 2017.

My next entries will be in the New Year.

My best wishes for a Happy 2018.


©Photos my garden; Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla