Monday, 2 July 2018

July, gives a hand to June and August.


The kitchen garden is quietly producing...

The "White House" it is benign, not  like the real one!

Cabbages in the making.

Soon, Broccoli;

Borage for the busy bees.

Sellerie greens for soups and herb salt.

No garden without salvia, the bees love it.

Lemongrass; Neighbour's horse hangs over the fence to nibble on it.

Some of the Valencia oranges end up as Marmalade. Made in the Thermomix 5 is quick, easy and makes a very nice marmalade.

Next task, pruning and fertilizing the roses.

Heavy rainfall over night. Nearly 60 mm

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged--though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.” 
― Robert Frost

 One row of potato bushes look a little harassed. I dug one plant out to have a look, this morning. I did not expect a crop. Alas here's for a few lunches or dinners.

..and a little stroll around the garden; a very mild day today. There might be more rain on the way. I am always to lazy to look at the weather patterns. My motto, if it it rains it rains, if it doesn't it doesn't, I can not do anything either way.😏 Just getting a bit dark now. glad did the wash earlier using the sun power on the roof.

Camellias are always a highlight in winter. They are so self sufficient, glorious flowers and tough as old boots.

I did not expect this Hibiscus to flower through the cool season.  I made a cutting many years ago and it flowers now the second time. I had no name for it, so I called it "Flamenco"

Bromeliad past flowering, still pretty with its red capsules, maybe seed.

Billi's and Lulu's resting place and many others never forgotten.

Brillantaisia has woken up.

The common name of Giant Salvia appears to be the most widely used common name is a misnomer as this is actually a member of the Acanthaceae family and the true Salvias are in the mint family or Lamiaceae. 

Bromeliads generally get fed from falling leaves and small twigs.

Hoya cumingiana lives in this tree since 20 years or longer, flowers 2-3 times a year. 
Bobbie enjoys to eat a few of the small leftover tomatoes.


That's it for today, folks, see you around

© my garden Photos and text Ts Lavender and Vanilla

Friday, 15 June 2018

June dear June...

It is better to be a young June bug than an old bird of paradise. Mark Twain

The scratches on the flower are made by the nectar seeking Bananabirds.

Cool day; photos early morning.

Tree Dahlia

27/06/2018 morning 8.13 AM
It is raining today. June is nearly done and dusted, I felt a bit blog tired. 
Here is one of my favourite poems by Shelley.

"The Cloud" is a major 1820 poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. "The Cloud" was written during late 1819 or early 1820, Originally published: 12 July 1820

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley

I am the daughter of Earth and Water
And the nursling of the Sky; 
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; 
I change, but I cannot die. 
For after the rain when with never a stain 
The pavilion of Heaven is bare, 
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams 
Build up the blue dome of air, 
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph, 
And out of the caverns of rain, 
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, 
I arise and unbuild it again. 

©Photos mygarden +some text/Ts Lavender and Vanilla

Monday, 7 May 2018

May a month of remembrance.

Boom, crash, my whole blog of this month just disappeared , a flash into thin air or where ever it went. I am blogging since many years but I have never experienced this before. At least to say it is very annoying.  I am not sure if I have the Energy to start again for this month. Blogging with Google is not that good anymore lots goes wrong and the technical side is not well maintained.

I will ring Google and ask what happened!
Well, I rang Google, but as usual no time, no answer, just a monitored voice saying:" go away, help yourself, we are busy counting money."

I also send a message that the formatting in the composing site does not work properly and as I have seen in the forums many, many have the same problem and are appealing to Google technicians to rectify it. But, nothing happens! 
 I guess it is not all bad but as with everything, as it is and always has been the golden calf takes precedence. I am a cynic and an idealist.

Anyway, as I am also an optimist with a soaring spirit I do not give up. Here I go again.

Yesterday I read In the Science Explorer; maybe plants are farming us by providing oxygen until  we ALL eventually decompose and they can consume us.

There are already burial capsules with a seed of a tree we can nourish to grow while we are flying free. 

Trees-Life, my interpretation.
Imagine a world without trees, Australia is removing them at a hurried pace like there is no tomorrow, again the golden calf in action. So many native animals lose their home.

19/May 2018

#mygarden;  First steps into the garden, the eyes first look around at all the newest happenings in growths and colours and whatnot then they sweep higher and higher to the canopies of the trees and beyond to the sky with its everyday changes from the bluest of blue, pillows of snowy clouds in sometimes grotesque formations usually to late to grab the camera as they scatter as quickly as counting to three.


It isnot Daylily time but love to post some of my favourites. Especially the spiders, their curly-wurly ways, their free spirit is very endearing. All growing along the drive way upper garden.

© Photos mygarden Ts

(just to say font formatting is all over the place again. small is big, big is small etc etc. does not work at all.) I mean if something is provided it should at least work properly)

Bye, bye May, or I might miss  your sister sister June.😏

©Photos/Text Ts Lavender and Vanilla.

Monday, 2 April 2018

...and on it goes into the jolly month of April..


One of my "learned" hens studying botany.  

Yesterday I was in the kitchen garden planting; the rain stopped for a day. This morning rainy days are back it seems for the whole week and the Commonwealth games are on now for 2 weeks.  I rather would like a "Commonwealth garden show".  At least we gardeners do not cheat.  Anyway  I planted many essentials for cooking and health like red onions, beetroot, celery,  potatoes and brassicas follow later. It is still very warm and humid and the 
kitchen garden struggles. The tiny tomatoes have grown on their own and are very prolific. Tiny fennel from thinning them out, a few beans, they really struggle in this humidity.

Lunch for one. When ready, anointed with olive oil, vinegar liqueur  and may be some double cream Brie.

Rose Perfumed delight, cuttings from last winter are already flowering the third time, stems are still quite thin, planted in my newest adventure, grandly named  "Rose Walk" when in deed it is not at all grand, it might become so, one never knows, depending on my energy.💪

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.   William Shakespeare 

Yes, sure even here in the subtropics, April  lets the spirits of the Antipodeans soar. 

Azales flowering means April, Autumn. This is "Dreamtime" 
I received  this Azalea from a couple who visited here when I was establishing  this garden in 1989. Her  husband’s name was Rex so I called  his wife “Rexona”. Her real name was Dawn, She was a lovely lady.
There are still the google gremlins at work the spacing does not work.

Purple Salvia "Black knight" and Salvia Madrensis mingle well together.

  • A favourite combination  S. Waverly and S. Black Knight.
Hoya flowers many times through the year. 
This one makes meter long trailers, sitting in a tiny basket.
The days are getting now rapidly shorter again, this means more time to read and to reflect.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Small tomatoes grown in the compost scattered on the garden beds. These are already made into pasta sauce.
I usually make the sauce in the Thermomix. 
Gathered in the kitchen garden; mini capsicums , some I added to a risotto. Basil became a pesto and  some was added  to the Risotto. A handful of beans, they have a hard time with the heat and humidity. Hopefully it is getting soon a bit cooler. Pitaya or dragon fruit,is lovely especially when chilled before eating.

Risotto with capsicums and pesto.

Hanging pot  does best with succulents, as it dries out very quickly
Never forget to dream,  life is so much poorer if you don’t Ts

Old Rose, Marie van Houtte. 1871 Tea Rose,nice fragrance.
...and goes with this

Salvia, not sure which is which😏
..and with this

Salvia Leucantha

Buddleja , white summer lilac
....and with this and more growing in the same mix  and match garden bed.

Iceberg Rose
Garden lore
I wonder if there is an other  planet where people live and plant flowers? Ts
...and slowly autumn settles  to cool nights and mornings.

'Autumn' my art journal,  this might go on a canvas in Acrylics.

When you live here you get these sort of visitors. They are around and one must accept them and get used to them being around. They are quite placid and if you leave them alone, they are ok. One has to be careful with small pets as this is a Python , not poisonous but very strong and strangles her food.

through the window...

on the eastern side of the house.

Rain and warmth have prompted some daylillies to bloom again.

Sweet, old  french rose Perle d'or.
End of month 30/4/2018
Our life is our book written by us, as every day is a new page  and ends at the end of the month. Then we can’t wait for the next month to start a new chapter again. Ts

Rollinia, Brazilian custard apple, ripening now. They must be golden yellow, fully ripe to harvest. Taste wonderful.

Small wild Gladioli are lovely to pick

Old french rose Jeanne Ducher. Roses come into their own now with the humidity and heat gone, cooler days arriving.

Clerodendrum wallichii 'Bridail veil' a spectacular shrub when in full bloom.
With this I will say goodbye until the next month which starts tomorrow;😉

...maybe we see each other again.

©Text, photos my garden Ts Lavender & Vanilla