Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Australian Bush-Garden;

When you see a tree and its awesomeness takes your breath away then you may feel,
the most beautiful in the world is a tree  in full flower, holding on to its place with an intrinsic stubbornness, displaying innocence and fragrance in an abundance of beauty. Colour, layer upon layer, humming and trembling with life.

Weeping Callistemon always steals the show.

A bush-garden attracts wildlife, maintains an ecosystem for native insects flora and fauna.

Native ferns are tough, when the conditions are right they pop up with wonderful
 patterns and such fresh green colour. I love the structure of ferns, their intricate shape of leaves, to me, they are very attractive plants.

When Paperbarks are in flower,  the trees transform to a wonderful world of nourishment and enjoyment for Insects and birds alike.

Kangaroo Paws, the heavy clay soil in my bush garden has never been absolutely kind to these fine plants. This one has survived somehow. When the soil dries out or it drips wetness, I go with trepidation to look for them, are they still alive.

Casuarinas, different species, are also my favourites, as everything about them is attractive. They are furnished with needle-like leaves, Quivering with crystalline drops after rain, swishing lightly to and fro, Wonderful in flower with fox coloured endings. Very attractive cork-like bark.

No bush garden without wattles.

Murraya, the perfumers of the bush garden.

Flower of Grevillea Lyrebird.

Melastoma, a relative to the well known  Tibouchina.

Grevillia Sandra Gordon does not mind clay soil.

Favourites are all sorts of fungi growing on decaying wood.

Fine, new pink leaves on Syzygium luehmannii; Lillipilly.

Erithryna crista gally is not a native tree, but it is the best host for fern spores to establish themselves and grow on to beautiful plants.

This tree is full of different ferns. When a draught strikes they will not grow, but hold on to the bark and wait until rain-fall arrives again. The way of nature.

Melaleuca, I am always amazed at the abundance of flowers.


This is not easy to understand
For you that come from a distant land
Where all the COLOURS are low in pitch -
Deep purples, emeralds deep and rich,
Where autumn's flaming and summer's green -
Here is a beauty you have not seen.

All is pitched in a higher key,
Lilac, topaz, and ivory,
Palest jade-green and pale clear blue
Like aquamarines that the sun shines through,
Golds and silvers, we have at will -
Silver and gold on each plain and hill,
Silver-green of the myall leaves,
Tawny gold of the garnered sheaves,
Silver rivers that silent slide,
Golden sands by the water-side,

Golden wattle, and golden broom,
Silver stars of the rosewood bloom;
Amber sunshine, and smoke-blue shade:
Opal colours that glow and fade;
On the gold of the upland grass
Blue cloud-shadows that swiftly pass;
Wood-smoke blown in an azure mist;
Hills of tenuous amethyst. . .

Oft the colours are pitched so high
The deepest note is the cobalt sky;
We have to wait till the sunset comes
For shades that feel like the beat of drums -
Or like organ notes in their rise and fall -
Purple and orange and cardinal,
Or the peacock-green that turns soft and slow
To peacock-blue as the great stars show . . .

Sugar-gum boles flushed to peach-blow pink;
Blue-gums, tall at the clearing's brink;
Ivory pillars, their smooth fine slope
Dappled with delicate heliotrope;
Grey of the twisted mulga-roots;
Golden-bronze of the budding shoots;
Tints of the lichens that cling and spread,
Nile-green, primrose, and palest red . . .

Sheen of the bronze-wing; blue of the crane;Fawn and pearl of the lyrebird's train;
Cream of the plover; grey of the dove -
These are the hues of the land I love.
  Dorothea MacKellar

Believe it or not;
the garden has many voices just listen to it.

©Photos/Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The pleasure of autumn and winter days.

Autumn and winter, a special time with many delights.

Coriander is a self-seeder and grows through the cool season.

I would like to find the garden fairies meeting place.

A  beautiful morning  makes an ordinary day special.

Delightful Tree Dahlia arrive with the cooler days.

Please feel free to talk or sing to your plants.

Native splendour, when Melaleucas flower.

Autumn/winter the season for citrus fruit, oranges, mandarins, lemons and others. The harvest continues until August, September when the first already start to flower again, The cycle never stops.

Nasturtium has many uses. Flowers and leaves are amazingly beautiful

Plant your blooms and blossom.

Mint in my herb garden, I use it in salads and fragrant mint tea,

Compost proves that there is life after death.

Camellia for winter cheer, many kinds and colours. Awesome plants.

I never understand  people who have never planted a flower or a  tree or  potatoes or strawberries or..or..

Our Billy boy enjoys the sun.

In Autumn  and winter, the sun sets like it was the last one ...


No garden should be without dreams. potatoes, grown in a little bit of dirt.

The cool season provides many Salvia plants like this one in brilliant red.
Salvia gesneria folia Tequila.

There is always anticipation in a garden.

Cooler days ask  for  hearty meals.

Delightful Geraniums/Pelargoniums are waking up.

Azalea's colours are as soft as a baby's breath.

Roses are promising scent and blooms for the vases.

Believe  it or not;

Nature loves you.

©Photos #mygarden Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The tropical garden;

This is just one corner of the garden overshadowed by a huge Araucaria cunninghamia.

This garden looks practically after itself. From time to time some pruning and a little cleaning up is required. It is seldom watered,  only in a very dry spring, when the plants are starting to look very unhappy and stressed.

Costus barbatus, Spiral Ginger  hails from Costa Ricca, are spectacular and not fussy.

Erythrina crista-gallii,  a wonderful host tree for all sorts of ferns, orchids, Bromeliads and fungi, growing from seed lodged on the bark.

. We quickly blame animals or plants to do damage to the planet, or to a certain area, but we never blame ourselves. We seem to be above it to take blame, though we are the ones who do all the damage and manipulations on the planet and around it. We meddle deep into the earth, into the oceans and up to the stars and  always, always we leave a trail of garbage.  We may learn from animals and plants, but we should never ever try to manipulate them, with our  arrogant science and our never ending greed to try to make something better than nature does. In the bitter end we will find out how wrong it was to meddle into nature’s ways. Ts.

Harefoot fern;

Many differently marked  tropical foliage plants  thrive in cool, shady places. Most of them are very hardy and drought tolerant. Some may be a tad  invasive.

Philodendron and leatherleaf fern.


Giant Heliconia, Giant Lobster Claw, Heliconia Caribaea

Leaves  up to 3m

Plants like this need a lot of space.

Helicona rostrata

Tree ferns establish them selves from seed.

Bromeliads are really fool proof if planted at the right spot.

Maidenhair fern may look delicate but is tough as old boots.

Tall cane Begonia. likes shade and a little moisture,

Euphorbia millii, a beautiful plant with not many demands.

Euphorbia milii is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. W

Believe it or not;
In our garden in Switzerland we planted a Walnut tree, when we left it had already a nice size. the next owner cut the tree down, just to say Orwell regretted not to have planted a Walnut tree.

© Photos #mygarden/Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla