Saturday, 29 December 2012

This is my garden; end of year;

Hoya carnosa scrambling up a tree, This one is indeginous to this area.

Bromeliad/Vriesia species;

Nature speaks  to anyone but most people do not have the patience to listen. Titania

I love to cook with Aubergines; here called Eggplants; once a week I make Moussaka; it is delicious.

Lagerstroemia, commonly known as crape myrtle is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.

If you want a long speech ask a man, if you want action ask a woman. Titania 

Confidence and courage  are gained by experience; Titania

Lagerstroemia in different pinks are great for summer colour. The trunk and branches sport a beautiful colourful bark which comes into its own in winter when the tree is bare from leaves and flowers.

We can not change our memories, but we can accept them as they are. Titania

Dypsis decaryi is a palm tree commonly known as the Triangle palm native to the Madagascan rainforest.


Age is something that doesn't matter,
 unless you are a cheese.

Bromeliad; Aechmea fasciata; a beautiful addition to any garden; easy and reliable.

Nothing is as fast as time. Titania

View from my garden to the Ecovillage; early morning.

Scots bonnet chillis in the herb garden.They  are used for chilli jam.

Believe it or not: 

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
My favourite Pericles

©Photos/text Ts

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Fragrance, colour and looks;

Apricot roses in my garden;

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. 

Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses;
 they last while they last. 
Charles de Gaulle 

Come into my garden,
 my roses will be pleased to see you; Titania

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. 
Ben Hogan 

A revolution is not a bed of roses. 
Fidel Castro 

What though youth gave love and roses,
 Age still leaves us friends and wine. 
Thomas More 

“She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her...” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ryThe Little Prince

“What a lovely thing a rose is!"

He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects. 

"There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” 
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Roses of today or yesterday or the day before,
 sweet and fragrant; Titania

It is summer when the garden smells of roses
 and the sun streams molten 
gold ;Titania


"They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for awhile, then closes
Within a dream."

By Ernest Dowson (1867-1900).

And tomorrow

a beautiful sunrise...

©Photos/text Ts

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Prominently Red;

 Daylily; Hemerocallis, very popular flowering plant in my garden. I have always been fascinated with these 
 easily to grow and very reliable perennials.They have made huge leaps in looks with gorgeous colours, frills, different sizes from giants to dainty minis.  They start flowering in October and keep going  for 3-4 month, depending on the plant.

Quisqualis indica also known as Rangoon Creeper. a vine with red flower clusters. It is found in Asia and in many other parts of the world. The genus translates into Latin for What is that?
For more information

Callistemon viminalis, a red weeping bottlebrush; Do you spot the green Lorikeet enjoying the nectar of the flowers.

Dark red Hybrid Tea. Mister Lincoln

Bred by Swim & Weeks (United States, 1964). 

Dark red.  Strong fragrance.  up to 35 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall.  Matte, dark green, leathery foliage.
Height of 3' to 6' 7" (90 to 200 cm).  Width of 2' (60 cm).
Hardy.  vigorous.  heat tolerant.  In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third.

This rose does very well in my subtropical garden especially when it is dry.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

A variegated, French bred rose; floriferous and not affected by diseases.

Hippeastrums, prominently red from October into December

I like this dwarf, red Canna lily, flowering from spring to late summer.

Hippies lighten the borders from October into December.

Curcuma is a genus of about 80 accepted species in the plant family Zingiberaceae that contains such species as turmeric and Siam Tulip. The name comes from Arabic kurkum meaning "turmeric". Since assembly of the genus Curcuma by Linnaeus in 1753 about 130 species have been described so far. Some of the species descriptions are without Latin diagnosis or type specimen, therefore the legitimate status of many species is suspicious and remains unclear.

Carl Linnaeus stating that all organisms bear relationships on all sides, their forms changing gradually from one species to the next. From Philosophia Botanica (1751).

Believe it or not:
This world, after all our science and sciences,
 is still miracle;wonderful, inscrutable, magical 
and more, to whosoever will think of it.Thomas Carlyle

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Daylillies in the Summergarden;

Beloved deceiver;  Salter 1996; this daylily grows and flowers very well in my garden, zone 11, scape 24" flower 4.5" evergreen, Tetraploid.

Up into the cherry tree 
Who should climb but little me? 
I held the trunk with both my hands 
And looked abroad in foreign lands. 

 Miniature Hoot; Blith Australia 
A lovely salmon-pink with darker veining. Apple green throat. Lovely form, vigorous and hardy.

That I had never seen before. 
I saw the next door garden lie, 
Adorned with flowers, before my eye, 
And many pleasant places more 

Cindy's eye; Salter 1994, 30" 6" blooms semi evergreen, does grow and bloom very well.
I saw the dimpling river pass 
And be the sky's blue looking-glass; 
The dusty roads go up and down 
With people tramping in to town. 

I have received this one as a gift, can not recall its name. The flowers look stunning, semi evergreen, very tall and vigorous.

If  I could find a higher tree 
Farther and farther I should see, 
To where the grown-up river slips 
Into the sea among the ships, 

Beloved deceiver; growing in the herb garden.

To where the road on either hand 
Lead onward into fairy land, 
Where all the children dine at five, 
And all the playthings come alive. 
Robert Louis Stevenson

Ash Rosy; NUNAN - 1997 - DIP - 6" - EVERGREEN - 26" - EM - RE Australian cultivar. Blend of pink & purple, large ashes of roses watermark. Continuous blooming.

Marilyn Siwik; David Kirchhoff  1994 new in my garden.

Spacecoast passion released; (Kinnebrew,  2002) new in my garden.
6”, ev, , TET – wide and trimmed with metallic lace.  Scapes are 30”, 

Steve Trimmer;  Trimmer 1999; 5.25" blooms semievergreen, Tetraploid,  good branching on tall sturdy scapes,  good budcount and sets seed easily.

A few of my daylilies. The garden is very dry and some are much later as I do not water all of them. Or only occasionally when they are very stressed. 

Believe it or not: “There's place and means for every man alive.”
-William Shakespeare 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The garden in October;

Red, orange, pink, white, blue and yellow;

Hippeastrums , bold and  bright, dominate the garden in October.

They are all grown from seed over some years.

One of the first; miniature daylily; Orangeade;

Tiny Mangoes are forming, hopefully it will be a good harvest.

A Pomegranate tree growing in the garden is a special treat;  for its delightful  flowers and its wonderful fruit.

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. 
Galileo Galilei 

Exotic looking EL Capitolito Hibiscus.

Under the hood;  Spathiphyllum, elegant, floriferous plant easily to grow.

Dendrobium Aphyllum, the softest colours intriguingly patterned.

Orange coloured Hippeastrum seedling; "Peppe" one always hopes for that special one!

Tiny native bee Trigona carbonaria is busy collecting nectar and pollen, they smear wax all over their entry to keep predators away.

Mini Epiphyllum "Rosy" the first to flower in October.

Bougainvilleas grow in many colours in my garden;

A bad hairday for the pony tail plant
Beaucarnea recurvata it is now generally accepted as Nolina recurvata.

Birds of all feathers;  Exotic Strelizia

Crucifix Orchid; Epidendrum many colours  are available; flowers nearly all year round, suitable as cut flowers, easy to grow.

Dendrobium Aphyllum, a beautifully, soft coloured orchid; 

Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. 
Galileo Galilei 

Yellow Kalanchoe, easily propagated from cuttings.

Believe it or not:
I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. 
Galileo Galilei 

©Text/Photos/ my garden; Ts

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