Thursday, July 16, 2015

Winter "blues" in the subtropics.

In the nature of things;

Never get tired of admiring the simply, lovely Nasturtium. appearing in the garden in winter like  clockwork.

Days do not need to be filled with excitement all the time, simple pleasure can be found every day…Ts

Wonderful Pyrostegia filling winter days with their brillint colour.

Royal Purple for a splendid Salvia; I think "Black Knight"

Lime green geranium leaves are starting to get some colour; in time the leaves will be beautifully marked dark brown and dark red.

My chooks are cute and loved, enjoy tidbits, that's why they are following me as soon as they see me.
They have a big run  and a good, shelter to be safe.

From late autumn into early spring we can harvest many different citrus fruit.

Growing in the 'wild garden' trunk of a young eucalyptus tree  show attractive markings on its  bark.

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” 

The old orchard has become the wild garden. Tree ferns and  other ferns are making a comeback. some of the orchard trees are still bearing fruit for us and for the wildlife.

'Rosebud' Salvia grows up to 2m long arching canes; the flowers last a long time  and  leave attractive calyces.

A look into the wild garden.

Life itself is simple...we make it complicated; Ts

Many years ago I planted a Peach stone far down at the entrance. A little tree grew with these attractive double flowers. Peter saw it struggling down there and dug it out, planted it in the house garden's small orchard.. Looked after, it promptly  flowered and had some peaches last year.
Now it is flowering, hoping for some peaches again.

Red and orange for winter cheer.
double Poinsettia and Crucifix Orchid.

Flowering Casuarina in the wild garden.


Attractive cork like bark of  a weeping Casuarina.

Monsieur Tillier, a fine rose growing  in the herb garden. Old French- and  old China Roses do so well in the subtropics; flowering nearly all year round with a few short rests in between.

Love geraniums, this one is called Lady of Spain', don't know why!

Favoured beauties, Abutilon.

Usually the simple things one learns first and forgets last. Ts

Along the drive way; Sculpture of  Platypus made by Lilli.

Loquat tree in the old orchard, beautiful bark; the fruit is delicious. Most of the time we miss out birds and  possums love them too.

Relocated the shell ginger into the wild garden; It grew along a pathway in the house garden and was getting to large, now it can grow as much as it likes.

No garden without Camellias.

Mountain soursop tree in the wild garden.

Weeping foliage of Casuarina species.


European chestnut tree losing its leaves now. It does not perform well. Many of the chestnuts are not fertilized. Nonetheless it is a beautiful tree.

This old Callistemon plays host to many different ferns.

A very big huntsman spider; isn't it beautiful. It plays its part in life's comedy.

Banksia flower on its way to make seed. Banksia robur in the wild garden.

Pawpaw; Papaya;

Camellia Drama Girl;

“GOOD MORNING," said the little prince. 

"Good Morning," said the salesclerk. This was a salesclerk who sold pills invented to quench thirst. Swallow one a week and you no longer feel any need to drink.

"Why do you sell these pills?"

"They save so much time," the salesclerk said. "Experts have calculated that you can save fifty-three minutes a week."

"And what do you do with those fifty-three minutes?"

"Whatever you like."

"If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked," the little prince said to himself, "I'd walk very slowly toward a water fountain...” 
 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 

scented Geranium in the herb garden;


Believe it or not:
The simplest thing in ones life is kindness, words of encouragement at the right moment. Ts

©Photos mygarden/some Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ode to a cabbage;

The Kitchen garden;

I, the best ever cook, with a degree in coleslaw making, my secret with a dash of this and a pinch of that, a drop or two of a sun kissed lemon, a few snips of the greenest chives, the best olive oil ever produced, triple virgin… knife in hand went up to the kitchen garden. There in all its cabbage glory, filled to the brim with chlorophyll. Leaves crisp, folded sweetly into each other holding tight, the last of the last; nearly a crime to cut it, stands, ready, waiting.  No, not yet, tomorrow will be the day.
Tomorrow was to late, the last of the last was last, sunken in itself, shredded leaves, half eaten, its glory gone for ever not as supposed in the best ever coleslaw way, but roughly devoured by some other creature, without the blessings of  garlic chives, sweet balsamic, and the touch of a spoonful of   Dijonaise. Sigh…

soups...glorious soups, cooking is fun.

©Photos mygarden/Text Ts/ Lavender & Vanilla

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The beauty of old Roses, a winter's tale;

Old china rose Irene Watts can quickly become a favourite.

 Everything about this rose is lovely. Its double, luscious pink blooms fading to a soft ivory, a fine fragrance, dwarf, twiggy growth with healthy foliage, double, pale pink flowers with deeper centers and a pleasant fragrance. Fairly dwarf and hardy,  disease resistant. Continuously flowering, nearly thornless, Breeder  Guillot, 1896.

Roses must be fragrant.  Ts

China Rose Old Blush

Rosa 'Old Blush', derived from Rosa chinensis, and is generally accepted as the first East Asian rose cultivar to reach Europe. It is recorded in Denmark in 1752 and England in 1793, but was probably cultivated in China for several centuries'Old Blush' has light silvery pink semi-double flowers of medium size. They have a nice   fragrance, The red buds appear in clusters almost continuously, here in the subtropics  throughout the year, and can develop to small, red rose hips.
The shrub has an arching from, few prickles and mid-green leaves that have a crimson colour when young. It grows 100 to 150 centimetres tall and about 90 to 120 centimetres wide,tolerates half shade,  and poor soils.

A rose as beautiful as it might be, without scent  is dead,  just colour and matter, no heart nor soul. Ts

Perle d’Or
Rosa 'Perle d'Or a cultivar bred by Joseph Rambaux in 1875 and introduced by Francis Dubreuil in France in 1883. Its parents were a double-flowered R.  multiflora seedling and the tea rose 'Madame Falcot' (Guillot 1858). It is sometimes considered to be a china rose and sometimes considered a polyanthus.

Small shrub, height and with 1.2m

Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, autumn and winter. Lovely 
Water to establish and then very drought tolerant. Will not tolerate being watered too often. 

Perle d’Or (pearl of gold) is a highly regarded old garden rose that is well suited to many growing conditions even alkaline clay soil and hot dry weather. It blooms from spring until fall replacing spent flowers quickly with new flushes of bloom. 

Feelings are fragile like the petal of a rose, easily bruised, unable to recover, curl up and die. Ts

Crépuscule is a reliable, strong rose bred by Francis Dubreuil in France in 1904. It is classified as a Noisette, one of the Old Garden Roses.

Flowering throughout the season in decorative small clusters, Crépuscule creates a beautiful rose display with intense, sweet, musk Old Rose fragrance.

Crépuscule can grow into a very large tall shrub rose up to 4m high and 2 to 4m wide. It is also capable of a semi-climbing habit and can be trained against a trellis or along a fence. 
Quick to repeat flower, richly fragrant and very disease resistant;  a wonderfully easy to grow rose in the garden.

Sophie's Perpetual
China. Beautifully shaped, fragrant, double silver and pink cupped flowers adorn this old rose of unknown origin. If left unpruned it will climb, otherwise it will grow into a medium-sized shrub.
Pleasant fragrance 
Height: Medium: 90–120cm 

  in June you can smell roses in the sunshine.Ts

Monsieur Tillier

a large, upright shrub bears flowers that are a mixture of pale rose, salmon and purple. Fully open flowers of Monsieur Tillier are compact and attractive, flat and very double with petals that are often imbricated. Its unique fragrance is rich and spicy.

A favourite rose in my garden since many years.

Apricot Nectar
The Apricot Nectar Rose, is a very fragrant,and quite beautiful
 Floribunda rose. 
These Floribunda roses have been a favorite for over 30 years.
giving you lots of roses for the vase. This is a nice rose for growing in the back of the garden. 

Hybridizer Boerner 1965 
 Growth Habits  Plant is vigorous, upright and bushy,  up to 1.5 m

Bred by Francis Meilland (France, 1951). 

Iceberg a firm favourite for the subtropics. Flushes of flowers throughout the year after pruning off the spend blooms. 

Believe it or not:

The world would be a desolate place without a flower.

©Photos my garden/Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla