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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Good bye Summer; welcome autumn;


Summer.. no, summer is never short here, its promises of hot sultry days, veiled skies on early mornings  are always fulfilled, as common as no rain for many month. Summer is sweet and harsh at the same time, it has no rules and reaches into autumn with its last humid, sweltering days. Summer   has been.Ts


December, January, February;
Christmas lillies, Coffee bush  flowers, Honeydew Melons, and sweet Buddleia are summer treats.



Summer carries a lightness infused with scents of sunshine and storms, clouds and  lots of light, so much light we only see in summer. Ts






...and grand sunrises..




Red Roses; Sage from the herb garden and homemade Pumpkin gnocchi, oh summer how sweet you were!


Summer, it sounds so musical, so warm and flowery, what would we do if there were not one summer more? Ts





Watching the rain clouds with anticipation; please let it rain..today, tomorrow and more...




 daylilies, china roses, all putting on a pretty good show...


The green of summer is not quiet, it is full of the shrieks of the cicadas.Ts




Christmas came and went...




..the blue banded bee, a welcome summer visitor busy checking out the Pickerell flowers.. delicate fungi grew after the rain; all in all a good summer; very hot and humid but that is what summer is all about in the subtropics.





Departing summer hath assumed
 An aspect tenderly illumed,
 The gentlest look of spring;
 That calls from yonder leafy shade
 Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
 A timely carolling.

 -  William Wordsworth, 

...then March arrived
with full baskets
Pommegranate, Mangoes, Persimmons, and Basil to make Pesto.







.... early flowering bulbs of cottage Gladioli  Dahlia Salvia and many more create a riot of colours in the Butterfly garden.










The new "orange corner" is a good place to observe the comings and goings on the pond.




Believe it or not:
today it's very windy, rainy and the temperature has plunged to 21 C; it is 6:30 AM 
Saturday, 14/03/2015

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hoya carnosa in the home garden;


Hoya carnosa, the wax plant, is an Asclepiad species in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae). It is one of the many species of Hoya that are native to Australia.  Here it grows in my garden, doing what it is doing best scrambling up a tree.






The flowers are light pink, but may be from near-white to dark pink; they are star-shaped, and are borne in clusters that look like tiny wax miniatures. 



The surface of the flowers are covered in tiny hairs giving a fuzzy sheen to them. They are scented and produce  nectar that drips from the flowers. 





Hoyas flower from specialized perennial structures referred to as spurs,  from the axils of the leaves and stem. Each season new flowers are produced on these same spurs, so they should not be removed.




H. carnosa has been in cultivation for more than 200 years and has given rise to many cultivars that vary in foliage form or flower color.




Studies have shown, Hoya carnosa  works as an excellent remover of pollutants  in an indoor environment.




©Photos Lavender & Vanilla Ts./My garden.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Food grown in the home garden;

...as easy as...


Eggs are best from your own hens. Mine have a big run to spread their wings, run after grasshoppers, relax under a tree and lots of lovely treats, they love to eat!



Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.

Flowering Mango tree, Kwan



Ripe Mango, Tommy Atkins



Python curled up in a Mango tree; (No she is not a  pet, just a visitor.)



Churning Mango Ice cream; It was a hot summer's day.
 

Is there any fruit looking more inviting than the Pitaya? 




You can take anything, but not the Passion fruit vine.



Home made Passion fruit jam.




Jaboticaba; fresh from the tree pop one into your mouth, savour the sweet pulp
 and spit out the bitter skin. One after the other...mmh so tasty...


“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” 
 George Bernard Shaw, 



Apples growing in organza bags, because of fruitfly.




...made from apples..



Rollinia...yummy;





Breakfast, Yogurt and fresh fruit 





Scotch bonnet's chilies make a fine chili jam.




Vegetables from the kitchen garden;




Tomatoes grow and can be  be harvested summer and winter; 



Cooking is a pleasure, nothing compares to home grown;




     All human history attests 
 That happiness for man—the hungry sinner— 
 Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. Byron.   





Believe it or not;
In the middle ages they fed the population with gruel, now they are fed with  weetbeex and cornflakes, cheap and nasty. Ts


©Photos/Text Ts