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Friday, January 28, 2011

SkyWatch Friday; Sunrise on Lady Elliot;

Lady Eliot Island

Turtle on her way to the sea

She was a bit late and had to go over the stones, as the tide was already out, poor thing;

Off she goes, only her hump is still visible

The sun has risen
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Something new...





"Wedding Dance" a snow white Hippeastrum;



"Mylady" apropriate name for this one;



"Appleblossom" A well known and widely grown Hippeastrum;



"Tryumphator"Christmaslily, I am glad I added this one to my collection. 




Believe it or not:

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My unkempt garden...part 2

Daylilies, Hemerocallis are generally not grown in Daylily borders, they are planted between shrubs etc. to give a spot of surprise with their softly or vividly coloured flowers peeking out between the greenery.


I love those unexpected visitors hanging around;
Green Hawkmoth Australia; Aenetus tegulatus.


Mingling, yellow tropical Salvia, Bloodgrass and Colocasia;

Tibouchina grandiflora happily growing together with a diversity of plants.


Here grows a sunny coloured Salvia together with Bromeliads, Agapanthus, Ti and a Frangipani;


The Vanilla scented Bauhinia corymbosa is a vigorous semi climber, winding its way through shrubs and up trees.


I love the lippie pink Madagascar Periwinkles, Catharanthus, seeding, not obtrusive, easily merging with other shrubs.

Is there anything more beautiful then sunlight on soft green leaves?


Mussaenda Queen Sirikit;


Mussaenda, red flag tree;


Plover's eggs, a very simple nest in the grass;


White Penta, African Iris and Geraniums growing together.

Believe it or not:

May those who love us love us,
and those who do not love us,
may God turn their hearts,
and if He cannot turn their hearts
may He turn their ankles
that we may know them by their limping.
~Irish Prayer


Smile and have a good day!




Thursday, January 6, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

My unkempt garden....a heaven for flutterbys...

...and other critters;

Yesterday the garden was alive with damsels and dragon flies flitting and dancing, the rain and wet must have activated these wonderful insects. Butterflies were flitting restless from flower to flower...a humming world belonging to the insects

Pink Justitia plumes.

Yellow Brugmansia;

Only pathways are mowed; I leave the long grasses seeding for the small birds. Many small creatures take refuge in the unmowed grass in the meadow.


Nature's way; white spider and bee, not a happy meeting;

The fluffy stars of the native Lemon Myrtle; Backhousia citriodora;


Vanda orchid climbing up a Pittosporum tree. Two tall Pittosporum trees growing near each other both have died. I don't know the cause of it.

My pride and joy; A rare Atherton Tree Waratah, Alloxylon flammeum; Protea flowers of vivid red are produced in late spring.

Fungi growing on old stumps;
African Tulip tree, Spathodea campanulata, growing amidst native Australian trees. Between the trees a glimpse of the EcoVillage opposite our property.


Seedpods Ivory curl tree, Buckinghamia celsissima;


White flowered Chinese fringe tree; Chionanthus retusus;

Believe it or not:

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." Marie Curie


Part one of My unkempt Garden;

Photos TS