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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.