Monday, September 1, 2014

September, first day of spring;

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
 Rainer Maria Rilke 

Azalea "Dreamtime" grows in my garden since many years, exactly 25. Every spring  it is covered with these silver pink, glistening flowers, never misses a beat, despite dry or wet or sun. If I had to choose a perfect plant for spring it would be this one.

An odd little number, growing in a pot since ever. At this time of year it is covered with tiny wax like fringed flowers.

Mother of Millions;

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
 Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden 

Ivy geranium, for ever growing in this pot, always waiting for this moment  in September to burst into flowers;

Blue Spires, a new Salvia has joined the Salvia clan.

It does not matter if spring is in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere; Spring is Spring. Ts

Camellias have taken a new lease of life after the rain; this is Hana Fuki a C.japonica.

Never find enough praise for the wonderful Iceberg Rose; some pruning of the spend flowers and off she goes again. Bees find her very attractive.

First day of spring and the appletree is flowering; such pretty, delicate blossoms. It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

Peach blossoms;
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Double pink peach blossom. It has grown from  a throw away peach pit down at the driveway entrance. I was amazed how this little tree held its weight, growing without any help of water or fertilizer. I just enjoyed every spring its flowers. Then Peter dug it out and brought it up to the orchard and planted it again with lots of TLC. The year after it had a couple of peaches. Now it is growing well, displaying its rare flowers; I am already counting the peaches.

Apricot suitable for the subtropics.

Camellia japonca;

A pretty spring flower and a poem made for me by my 11 year old granddaughter Fabrizia Chiara.

Believe it or not:

Here in the subtropics, spring is like a fairy tale, it is here and it is not. Spring is quickly taken over by the hot breath of summer, first it tempts with  the softest promise which turns from one day to the other into hot summer days. Today is the first day of spring and it is already 27C. Once it is September there is no looking back, winter season, cold days are forgotten for many month to come. Jumpers and scarves are returned to their slumber in moth secure boxes.

©Ts Photos and some Texts.

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"


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.

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.

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.

Golden Penda, buds and open flowers.

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

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.

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