Saturday 9 May 2020

May 2020

 WOW,  Already the 9. of May. Where is the time hiding? Quickly a few pictures in case the days slide away as fast as in the past!

Snowflakes have already started to flower. Euphorbia leucocephala.

Euphorbias are well known for their eye-catching flowers. This Euphorbia has a pleasant fragrance. 

Marie Van Houtte an old french rose.
Roses are awakening from their summer sleep. They had a tough time coping with the dryness.

'Marie van Houtte' has large, globular flowers of lemon yellow, darker in the centre, with pinkish lilac suffusing the tips of the petals. Its dark, shiny and, evergreen foliage is an excellent foil to the light flowers.

In my garden grow some tall paperbark trees. They have just flowered, it was an impressive snowy show. Now the reddish spend flowers, making an abundance of seed. 
The trees tops were heaven for butterflies and other insects. Swarms of Lorikeets would settle on top, suddenly take off, fly very fast around the house and settle back onto the treetop to feed some more of the nectar.

Going into the colder season brings forward the attractive flowers of Bougainvillea.

Saritaea Magnifica, Glow vine.

A climber native to South America. It is propagated by cuttings. It is a very prolific grower. Mine has climbed up a Bull Bay Magnolia tree.

Summer harvest; Pitaya and Soursop. Delectable fruit.

Pawpaws, hopefully, they
 ripen during winter.

Busy Lizzy found a secret source of food and water.

Tuesday 25 February 2020

February 2020

A new year a new beginning. 
It was a very, very, very, and much more, a dry summer, no rain to ease the heat and the humidity. Do I not remember or was it really the most unpleasant summer in many, many years?
Now we had rain, so much better. Still hot and humid but autumn is on the way and will ease the humidity and heat.

A very beautiful Tibouchina in full regalia. This is the exact colour. 

Soursop tree bears many fruits. Sometimes even in winter, the fruit grows big but stays hard and inedible in the cold season.


After not making a peep all summer, Dahlias are back now flowering and lush. 

Dahlias were lovely towards the end of summer, after the rain. Now they have already retired their corms to gather strength for next year.
The time has run off again and I try to catch up.

Photos/Text/ mygarden 

Friday 4 October 2019

October, silver skies...

...lets you suspect summer is not far, still very dry.
made some pictures from the driveway/butterfly garden.

Bulbs are tough and have their resources stored within.

Heliconia "Christmas" has reached its final stage of flowering.

Old style Gerbera, beautiful and tough as old boots. The new hybrids I planted were not successful in these conditions here. These white ones grow and flower for many years.

Native Syzygium Wilsonii has no problems either. Always look forward to its glorious powder puffs. I grow many of these in my bush garden.

A view into the bush garden

I too am an Epicurean. Epicurus doctrines contain everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece has left us.

I see you soon....

Orchids in spring. 
Dendrobium species.

Dendrobium aphyllum; there is a detailed article  by Suresh Kalyanpur, 
The Orchid Society of Karnataka.

All my Dendrobium orchids are growing on trees.

See you another day....

and at random...

Laelia flowered in July.

Frederic is still around and as cheeky as ever.

I love to see the bees getting pollen and

 nectar from my roses.

Soft evening sky; waiting for rain.

A very tame King Parrot visits and demands food.

Geraniums are always a good staple to provide colour.

Life begins the day you start a garden. – Chinese proverb

See you next month again.

Text, Photos, mygarden Ts

Monday 2 September 2019

September, Spring has sprung.

Enjoy the little things around you.

Kalanchoe belharensis.

Succulent sedum species.

Dianthus barbatus/ Sweet William.

Salvia attraction for bees and butterflies.

Geranium, I love them.

Viola tricolor, I welcome the selfseeders every spring.

Did you know that Lantana flowers have a wonderful perfume?

Fiji Pink stands out in the garden.

A hardy succulent pot plant.

Little things can make your heart sing... perfumed Orange flowers, promising juicy Oranges next autumn/winter.

Oh well, already the last day in September, just time for an other picture and then let's rush into October. Still very dry.

I received delightful orchids for my birthday.

Delightful bells from the Partridge Aloe.

Pruned this figtree otherwise the branches grow into the sky! Can't wait for the figs, big and juicy.

Well folks this is it for this month.

©Text, pictures mygarden Ts