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Thursday, January 24, 2013

January...in my garden

Would you like to grow some  flowers
Daisies or nasturtiums
Pink and red or other colours? Titania



Aptly named Pride of India, Lagerstroemia speciosa; bunches of beautiful, pinkish flowers adorn this tree. 


A flowering cutting I made last winter from a  French Delbard Rose.



A pot full of flowering Thyme; crushed, the scent of La Garrigue brings back memories...in the herb garden;


Tiny flowers of scented Geraniums in the herb garden;


Troilus and Cressida: III, iii
These should be hours for necessities, Not for delights; times to repair our nature…




High up in the sky the beautiful, black cockatoos, their mournful cry alerts me of their presence..



Cuban Hibiscus in warm summer colours grows tall, complimenting the flowers of the Alexandra palm.




The exuberance of Cassia fistula;



Generally people can identify types of berries, trees, flowers, or bugs. Most of the planets life remains unnamed and unseen.

Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish  naturalist tried to remedy that with his book "Systema Naturae," first published in 1735. He  proposed a hierarchical system for classifying plants, animals and minerals; minerals went later into the domain of geology. His aim was to identify and inventory all the world's living things.
Discovered are only as few as 10 percent of the species now living on Earth.
Little is known of the living world of planet earth.
 "Encyclopedia of Life," an online reference source and database for the 1.8 million species known on Earth, as well as all those later discovered and described.
Linnaeus' initial groupings were reorganized in the later 11 editions of "Systema Naturae" that expanded to more than 2,300 pages.
But the hierarchical system of classifying all known plants and animals was a defining moment in scientific history.
A genus and species name specific to each living thing, called binomial nomenclature, endures.


Food from the summer garden;


...different chillies for chilli jam. 





These small, longish tomatoes have a wonderful flavour for eating fresh or cooking. They are very prolific even in the humid summer heat.

One for the rock, one for the crow,
One to die, and one to grow.
-  English saying

Dill  seeding in the herb garden.

One for  the blackbird, one for the crow,
One for the cutworm, and one to grow.
  American saying



Peaceful evening in the Currumbin valley;


Believe it or not:

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest


©Photos from my garden/ text Ts.

9 comments:

  1. All comments are appreciated, thank you.

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  2. A lovely garden! I have not been able to keep enough water on mine and it is looking very sad. The tomatoes were doing well but in the end succumbed to a disease .

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    1. Diane, mine looks in certain parts said too, but I avoided those. Now, the rain will make a difference again. It already looks very green. Yours will recover too. Vegetables are fickle, sometimes they grow sometimes they don't or they get sick and die...I would not like to be a commercial vegetable grower.

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  3. Your garden is looking just lovely, Titania. Love the Cuban Hibiscus; I don't think I have come across one of them before. Your produce and cooking projects look wonderful. But most of all I envy you the sight of the black cockatoos.

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    1. Marisa, I love them when they fly over the garden to return to the National park. Sometimes they settle for a grooming session on the huge Hoop Pine in my garden.

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  4. Ich habe mich gerade bei dir in deinem üppig blühenden Sommergarten etwas aufgewärmt. Welch Unterschied, all die Farben bei dir und bei uns ein schneebedeckter Garten und nebelverhangener Himmel. Auch der Sonnenuntergang ist spektakulärer als bei uns, obwohl ich vor kurzem auch ein leicht rosa-blauer Himmel fotografieren konnte. Aber es ist gut, haben wir noch Winter und die Gartenarbeit kann ruhen. Dein wunderbarer Gemüseteller hingegen lässt mich auch nach echten sonnengereiftenTomaten, Zucchetti, Peperoni etc. sehnen (im Moment sind sie hier hors-sol-Gewächse). Häb's guet und gniess die schöne, warme Summertäg! Liebi Grüessli i dini Richtig,
    Barbara

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  5. Barbara, danke dir sehr für deine visite, ich freue mich immer. Du schreibst"Gemüse hors sol" meinst du hydroponic? Ich denke diese Gemüse haben nicht den gleichen Nährwert wie die in sehr gutem Boden gewachsenen. Es werden nur die wichtigsten Nährstoffe verabreicht, die unsichtbaren Spuren Elemente fehlen. Die Ernährung wird immer schlechter. Es ist gut Nüsse und Früchte zu konsumieren die noch von Bäumen mit tiefen Wurzeln kommen, auch Gemüse das auf nahrhaftem Boden wächst, gedüngt mit Blätter von Bäumen.
    Heute wird mehr Wert auf die Schönheit der Früchte und Gemüse gelegt.

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  6. Titania, I have one daisy growing in my garden now (as shown in my current post). The little shrub has tiny purple flowers with yellow centre. I wonder if you could help identify it. Btw, your thyme flowers so well and that French Delbard Rose is too pretty for words. Thanks!

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  7. Thanks so much Titania for the identifying the plant. I thought it could also be Brachyscome iberidifolia, the Swan River Daisy. Now I know that it is not. Thanks again! :-D

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