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.

©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.

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