Thursday, 14 June 2012

Winter blues;

Sunrise in the valley;  7.June 2012

Winter, June, Camellia japonica, silky pink Can Can shows off its delicate flowers.

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
Mahatma Gandhi

The time to harvest Mandarins and Oranges;

In winter the sun is very welcome in the kitchen nook;

Sun and shade are still playing with the huge Heliconia leaves...

We have a Little Garden

WE have a little garden,
A garden of our own, 
And every day we water there 
The seeds that we have sown.

WE love our little garden,
And tend it with such care, 
You will not find a faced leaf
Or blighted blossom there. 
Beatrix Potter

Cotoneaster's  fresh red berries are ready for the birds..

Winter is the time to look forward to harvest Rollinia or Brazilian custard apples;

...a ripe one, ready to eat...

...the white flesh is very delicious, the texture and taste similar to the Soursop, perhaps not as tangy.

We have now plenty of Navel Oranges. Every winter I make some candid Orange peel.

Easy, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, a few Oranges, cook slowly until the rind is soft and no syrup left.
Dry the peel on a rack and then coat with sugar; finished.

"And this our life, exempt from public haunt
Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in everything."
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

...they flower on and on and on...

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
Claude Monet

The variegated leaves of the shell ginger;

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The wonderful  curtain of  the weeping Casuarina;

How could one go past without admiring the beautiful trunks of the gum trees...

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

Want to know your bugs in the garden, this is the book...

Believe it or not:
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant


  1. It is amazing to note that when we take good care of your little garden, it will take care of the birds in our area as well. Those beautiful berries are definitely going to bless the birds in the air :-D

  2. Thank you Stephanie for visiting; absolutely right; T♥

  3. Wow - you have it all happening down there in your corner of paradise - berries and bark; flowers, fruit and foliage; and what a glorious dawn.

    1. Marisa, good of you to come over to my corner for a glimpse into my garden.

  4. Wunderschöne Fotos von Deinem Garten! Und der Sonnenaufgang ist bezaubernd! Eine Rollinia habe ich noch nie gesehen, so lernt man immer noch hinzu.


    1. Good one Chris, so nice of you to visit. LG T.

  5. Lovely, lovely photos for a winter at yours (I only get snow!), but what I'm really attracted to are the custard apples! I've only ever had them in Hawaii and absolutely love their flavor.

    1. Rowena, good to see you around, the taste of the tropics! BW T♥

  6. Euer Garten ist in jeder Jahreszeit ein Wunder liebe Titania. Ich staune immer wieder über die Vielfältigkeit der Pflanzen dort. Der Pflanzenvorhang ist wirklich fantastisch ebenso der Ausblick von der Küchenecke in den Garten. Da gibt es bestimmt immer etwas zu bestaunen, da brauchst du kein TV-;)
    Liebe Grüsse in den frühen Morgen bei euch

    1. Liebe Elfe, da hast du recht, der ist wenig benützt von mir. Schöne Grüsse T♥