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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A walk in the garden...April...autumn;


Palms and philodendrons; west of the garden;




Grevillia  Lyrebird;




Entrance; south; these orchids flower March into April;




East; Alexandra palm, Poinciana and philodendron;




North garden; mixed border; tropical blue Salvia.



Colourful Coleus, a self sown staple in the garden.



North upper terrace; the wonderfully scented Abelia, and  a young Mango tree, called  Quan is a superior  quality Mango, with a very flat seed and  very fine flesh.




Part of a mixed border; south of the garden. In April, the odd Daylily is still in bloom.




Native Alexandra Palm, is one of the most beautiful Palms, self cleaning and the underside of the leaves is a powdery white. The flowers are marvelous, these have  just escaped from the sheath. They have not yet straightened up and still look curly.  Three flower stalks were produced at the same time.





North, upper terrace, garden path, shrubs and mixed border.





Some of the Cannas are still flowering. 



I can't plant enough of the colourful fountain grasses.



In the herb garden are still some of the scotch bonnets chilies ripening,I have already made  chili jam, they are agreeably hot

Hope you enjoyed your walk in the garden.



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Monday, April 9, 2012

Photo-studies of "Bella"; Brugmansia;


Golden, waxy bells unfurling, eeny, meeny , miny mo...




Open luminosity...



Petticoats swinging  in the morning breeze...



Sun kissed tears...



Light and colour, unique...




Seductive exuberance...



Charmers...



Subtle harmony of nature's beauty.


Aptly named Angel's Trumpets, Brugmansia,
 is a genus of large, woody, perennial plants in the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family. 
The name Angel’s Trumpet refers to the very large flowers which are funnel, tubular, or trumpet shaped. There are currently seven recognized species of Brugmansia and hundreds of hybrids. Some hybrids appear to be naturally occurring.

Flava – Yellow.
Flava is a cross between Sanguinea and Arborea. The flowers are approx 8 – 10 inches. Flowers have a yellowish green vein.

Brugmansias hail from tropical America with a range throughout Central and South America including some Islands of the Caribbean. Among the various species characteristics can vary greatly but they all carry similar traits common to the genus. Brugmansias are long lived, woody, perennials which can attain heights up to 8 meters with a nearly equal spread in some species.
Most species and their hybrids have highly fragrant flowers. The flower’s large size, obvious beauty, and intoxicating scent, mainly in the evening, have made them popular garden and container plants throughout the World. There are millions of growers and collectors worldwide and several organizations and groups which cater solely to the genus Brugmansia.



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