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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Winter "blues" in the subtropics.



In the nature of things;



Never get tired of admiring the simply, lovely Nasturtium. appearing in the garden in winter like  clockwork.


Days do not need to be filled with excitement all the time, simple pleasure can be found every day…Ts




Wonderful Pyrostegia filling winter days with their brillint colour.


Royal Purple for a splendid Salvia; I think "Black Knight"



Lime green geranium leaves are starting to get some colour; in time the leaves will be beautifully marked dark brown and dark red.



My chooks are cute and loved, enjoy tidbits, that's why they are following me as soon as they see me.
They have a big run  and a good, shelter to be safe.


From late autumn into early spring we can harvest many different citrus fruit.




Growing in the 'wild garden' trunk of a young eucalyptus tree  show attractive markings on its  bark.





“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” 
Plato




The old orchard has become the wild garden. Tree ferns and  other ferns are making a comeback. some of the orchard trees are still bearing fruit for us and for the wildlife.



'Rosebud' Salvia grows up to 2m long arching canes; the flowers last a long time  and  leave attractive calyces.


A look into the wild garden.


Life itself is simple...we make it complicated; Ts




Many years ago I planted a Peach stone far down at the entrance. A little tree grew with these attractive double flowers. Peter saw it struggling down there and dug it out, planted it in the house garden's small orchard.. Looked after, it promptly  flowered and had some peaches last year.
Now it is flowering, hoping for some peaches again.



Red and orange for winter cheer.
double Poinsettia and Crucifix Orchid.



Flowering Casuarina in the wild garden.



Bougainvillea



Attractive cork like bark of  a weeping Casuarina.



Monsieur Tillier, a fine rose growing  in the herb garden. Old French- and  old China Roses do so well in the subtropics; flowering nearly all year round with a few short rests in between.



Love geraniums, this one is called Lady of Spain', don't know why!



Favoured beauties, Abutilon.


Usually the simple things one learns first and forgets last. Ts









Along the drive way; Sculpture of  Platypus made by Lilli.




Loquat tree in the old orchard, beautiful bark; the fruit is delicious. Most of the time we miss out birds and  possums love them too.



Relocated the shell ginger into the wild garden; It grew along a pathway in the house garden and was getting to large, now it can grow as much as it likes.




No garden without Camellias.



Mountain soursop tree in the wild garden.



Weeping foliage of Casuarina species.




Penta



European chestnut tree losing its leaves now. It does not perform well. Many of the chestnuts are not fertilized. Nonetheless it is a beautiful tree.



This old Callistemon plays host to many different ferns.



A very big huntsman spider; isn't it beautiful. It plays its part in life's comedy.


Banksia flower on its way to make seed. Banksia robur in the wild garden.



Pawpaw; Papaya;



Camellia Drama Girl;

“GOOD MORNING," said the little prince. 

"Good Morning," said the salesclerk. This was a salesclerk who sold pills invented to quench thirst. Swallow one a week and you no longer feel any need to drink.

"Why do you sell these pills?"

"They save so much time," the salesclerk said. "Experts have calculated that you can save fifty-three minutes a week."

"And what do you do with those fifty-three minutes?"

"Whatever you like."

"If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked," the little prince said to himself, "I'd walk very slowly toward a water fountain...” 
 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 




scented Geranium in the herb garden;


Bromeliad;


Believe it or not:
The simplest thing in ones life is kindness, words of encouragement at the right moment. Ts


©Photos mygarden/some Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla