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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Garden gems in July;

To nurture a garden means hoes and rakes, broken fingernails, hands in the soil, sun and wind in the face, body and soul sing to the tune of nature. Ts



Feverfew; Tanacetum parthenium;


Cottage Gladiolus;



“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” 
― Victor HugoLes Misérables



Pycnoporus found on decaying Palm trunk;


Delbard Rose;


Ready for the flowers;

“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.” 
Clare Ansberry, The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship 



Gladiolus nanus  "Las Vegas"


Herbgarden;


Lemongrass flowers

“Gardens are enclosed areas in which plants and arts meet. They form 'cultures' in an uncompromised sense of the word.” 
 Peter Sloterdijk, Du mußt dein Leben ändern 




Bromeliad Nidularium;



Aloe waking up;


A glimpse of the garden in winter;

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. 
Bill Mollison 



Cottage gladioli.



Canna indica;



The name for this thyme comes from Jekka McVicar the UK’s leading organic herb grower. Her family run herb farm grows over 400 varieties of herbs and boasts the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in the UK.
Thyme Jekka; pink flowers and strong flavour.



An old fashioned Geranium; since around 25 years in my garden.


“Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.” 
Beverley Nichols, Merry Hall 

(smile, I like that; the good old  Geranium reveals even more…)




I have established a smallish garden along the chicken yard; I call it the butterfly garden.



I am in love with this Plectranthus, everything is beautiful about it; it is not a glamour plant where people say ahh and ohh.  Its toughness, the leaves soft downy silver blue, ethereal, small blue flowers so worthwhile to grow it.



“What wondrous life in this I lead
Ripe apples drop about my head” 
Andrew Marvell 



Camellia japonica;



Bromeliad Neoregelia;


Believe it or not;

“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” 
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration



©Photos my garden; Ts

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Garden bounty in May.

Fruit, vegetables, flowers and so much more;


Bee hotel for solitary bees, 5* and still vacancies. Come spring again it will be a busy hotel. 


Mandarins, best from your own tree.


Lovely Pumpkin flowers;


Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Epicurus


Pumpkins hidden under the leaves;



Vegetables from the garden;


Healthy looking Papaya trees growing along the fence line.

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.
Epicurus


The cool season and Poinsettia  belong together. Pruned neatly and  waiting over summer for the season to show of  their brilliant colours.


Abutilon always a winner. Summer and winter.


Flower buds of Paperbark; some are already open and I can hear the buzz of insects looking for nectar and pollen.

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
Epicurus



Golden Penda, buds and open flowers.


Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
Epicurus



Fruit and vegetables from the garden, Rollinia, Lemons, Mandarins, Pitaya and Aubergines.




Hawaiian passion fruit,  sweet and delicious, true Ambrosia! 



Aloe for cool season cheer.


We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
Epicurus




Stage appearance for Drama Girl, Camellia japonica.



The wild garden, soft and quiet with patterns of sun and shade;


Always forget the always present and liked Mexican heather, a true staple in pink and mauve shade and also pretty in white. Love it!





Pyrethrum flowers; ( I can hear the birds, they are very agitated and alert, there must be still a Python around or perhaps a Pheasant, both give rise to a lot of noise within the birds.)


I am never quite sure with this one, it could be, it looks like a Salvia.  It is an absolutely beautiful plant.



Believe it or not:
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. -



©Photos my garden/ some Text Ts



Subtropical Garden; Vegetables; Orchard; Cottage and Wild Garden growing native and exotic plants,  Currumbin Valley,  Queensland, Australia


Sunday, May 11, 2014

May; Butterfly garden;

A butterflies thinks its life goes on forever, at the most for a fortnight. Ts

Farfalla/Italian (Butterfly in different languages)


Papillon/French


Do ye not comprehend that we are worms,
Born to bring forth the angelic butterfly
That flieth unto judgment without screen?
~Dante Alighieri

Borboleta/Portuguese


The new Butterfly garden along the chicken fence;

Mariposa/Spanish


Cathrantus roseus; bred in many shades of red and pink plus white, but I have not seen a yellow one.
Fiäril/Swedish


Alamanda/caramel
This great purple butterfly,
In the prison of my hands,
Has a learning in his eye
Not a poor fool understands.
~William Butler Yeats, "Another Song of a Fool"

Papilio/Latin


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"

Vlinder/Dutch


The beginnings of the butterfly garden; Billy checks it out.

 Motyl/Polish


Planted many corms of cottage gladioli

Féileacán/Irish



Cathrantus roseus;

Babochka/Russian


With the rose the butterfly's deep in love,
A thousand times hovering round;
But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun's sweet ray is hovering found.
~Heinrich Heine, "New Spring"

Perhohen/Finnish


Imortelles/ Strawflowers

Liblikas/Estonian



Grown-ups love figures.  When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters.  They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like?  What games does he love best?  Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand:  "How old is he?  How many brothers has he?  How much does he weigh?  How much money does his father make?"  Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French



Dwarf Canna;

Kupu-kupu/Indonesian



FrenchLavender/ summer aster/ yellow Lantana;

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
  ~Hans Christian Andersen



The girls;

Fluture/Romanian


Tropical Salvia;

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"


Plecanthrus amboinicus

Paparo/Filipino


We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.  We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them.  It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it.  Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche



Butterfly garden; variegated creeper Plecanthrus coleoides;

Turkish/ Kelebek


Alamanda Cheri'


The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me.  I grow older.
~Li Po




Sunset in the garden; 05 May 2014 17:28 PM


Believe it or not:
Red sky at night, shepherds' delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds' warning a proverb, meaning If you see a red sky at night, the weather will be good next day, but a red sky in the morning foretells bad weather.


©Photos/Text Ts