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Friday, August 24, 2012

Delightful spring;


One touch of nature makes the whole world kin...
William Shakespeare






This is all about well loved and tried spring flowers like these charming frilly Petunias. 







My garden does not lend itself to grow annuals in garden beds, not to miss out on these lovely spring guests I plant  them in pots and troughs.



Othello: III, iii
O earth, I will befriend thee more with rain... 
W. Shakespeare




I grow these daisies since many years. From time to time I make new cuttings as they are so easily propagated. They will flower into summer.

You are a colourful butterfly;
 flying from flower to flower;
you are here and  everywhere;
what makes you so absolutely sure?
That I am not  the one over there..... Titania


So fresh, so white, harmonious...


Petunias darlings of spring;



A spring bouquet from Fabrizia;



Rust coloured flowers on the Casuarina tree.



Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?

King Henry VI, part III: V, ii
W. Shakespea




Crassula type succulent, growing since many years in this basket, flowering luxuriously every spring.



In spring, when geraniums are at their best they give me this Mediterranean kick like a ripe juicy fig, or a fine golden olive oil;





The sweetly scented pensées, a memory of summers in Switzerland.


Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”
-William Shakespeare





Fresh salad greens from the garden in spring;  




The pecan nut tree is still bare;



At this time of year we get lots of eggs from our black Australorp hens.







The Australorp is a chicken breed of Australian origin. It is  not a large bird, soft-feathered, with white toenails, black legs and beak, and a moderately large and upright single comb, with five distinct points.

They are very friendly, talkative hens, usually we keep between 8 to 10 hens.


Believe it or not:

You must listen to the whispers of the wind in the trees, these whispers are only for you!
Titania




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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Garden fragments;


A seed  holds its  secret until  nature’s whispers wakes it up. Titania



Wisteria seed capsule;

Slow motion; Heliconia leaf;

Rouged by cold;

Lawn as white as driven snow;

Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
Gloves as sweet as damask roses.
The Winter's Tale; W.Shakespeare

Eliza's garden;

Herb garden; thyme, chives, salvia and rocket;

I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks...
W.Shakespeare Sonnet 130


Flowering  Nectarine; winter good bye;
Pretty winter asters;



Flowering Mulberry tree; winter farewell;


Mulberry (Morus) is a genus of 10–16 species of trees. They are native to warm regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas, with most of the species native to Asia.
Mulberries are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely grow over 10-15 meters tall. The leaves are simple, often lobed, and ridged. The fruit grows in bunches, 2-3 centimeters long, is red to dark purple in color, edible, and sweet with a good flavor in several species.
The fruit is used in pies, tarts, and wines. The fruit of the Black Mulberry, native to southwest Asia, and the Red Mulberry, native to eastern North America, have the strongest flavor. The fruit of the White Mulberry, an east Asian species, has a very weak flavor.
Mulberry leaves, particularly those of the White Mulberry, are also important as food of the silkworm, the cocoon of which is used to make silk.
Mulberries can be grown from seeds, and this is the best idea as seedling-grown trees are generally healthier. However, they are most often planted from large pieces cut from other Mulberry trees, which easily take root.


It pays to plant a very good variety with big fruit.  If you know a tree which has superior fruit take a cutting and plant it. Seed might not be reliable. The fruit from this tree grows to 5cm long and is very tasty.
Mulberries stain everything purple, including yourself. If you let your children loose on them you won’t recognize them anymore!!

The white Mulberry looks like a long white grub when ripe, yellowish,  it is honey sweet but quickly deteriorates in taste when it is too ripe.



Elkhorn ferns provide sleeping nests for ringtail possums.

Azalea Rhododendron X  Bettina;
Cleaned up the herb garden;  new pavers as well. The old ones are recycled  as pathways on the upper terrace garden.

Harvested the last blood oranges;


Could not say NO to pretty Can Can; Camellia japonica;
The rough nest of the white headed pigeon;


Believe it or not:
A therapeutic task bread making.



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