Monday, January 1, 2018

A new year, a new beginning...the January garden.

January 2018  Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year in the garden

Some of the birds visiting every day; there are many more, some are seasonal.

I do not like birds to be caged. I think it is very sad for a bird to be caged. Think, to be able to fly and be caught behind bars. It is very cruel. If…I would ban to cage birds all over the world.

Water bowl for bees.

China Rose, Old Blush, also called Parson's Pink. Bees love them, always swarming with bees. This rose is flowering through summer, winter, spring and autumn. It is a simple rose but amazing, very beautiful. The first rose from China introduced to Europe to create Tea-roses. Probably cultivated in China before the 10th century. 
I prune the spend flowers and on goes the flowering. 
Food and water is paramount for roses.

January, summer, heat, clouds, storms, thunder and lightening...


Slowly moving and getting used to a new year. As usual this time of year it is hot and humid around 34 - 35 C

The kitchen garden produces now Melons and Pumpkins, later also sweet potatoes. Early mornings are reserved for the kitchen garden to keep it tidy and watered.

That's I there wading through the pumpkin leaves.

Pumpkins are classified as fruit not as vegetable.  Aren't they just absolutely marvellous?

Looking over to the neighbour's property, beautiful native tree flowering now. I think this is Buckinghamia celsissima, commonly known as the ivory curl. A species of trees, constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. They grow naturally only in the wet tropics rainforests areas of north eastern Queensland, Australia. 

Dwarf Dahlia are flowering now on the upper Terrace gardens where the Kitchen garden is located.

Catharantus  are pretty toughies, they do not need special coaxing to look so friendly and pink

The pretty old rose Amelia Anderson. A Bishop's Lodge Rose. The old roses are making buds again now. As small vases I use empty perfume bottles. Generally they are so pretty and well made that it  is a shame just to discard them. I take off  the spray thingy which sometimes can be a pain in the butt to do, as it generally does not come off easily.

Here is another one;

...see you next time around.

©Photos/ Texts etc.  Ts Lavender and Vanilla.