Sunday, 12 August 2012

Garden fragments;

A seed  holds its  secret until  nature’s whispers wakes it up. Titania

Wisteria seed capsule;

Slow motion; Heliconia leaf;

Rouged by cold;

Lawn as white as driven snow;

Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
Gloves as sweet as damask roses.
The Winter's Tale; W.Shakespeare

Eliza's garden;

Herb garden; thyme, chives, salvia and rocket;

I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks...
W.Shakespeare Sonnet 130

Flowering  Nectarine; winter good bye;
Pretty winter asters;

Flowering Mulberry tree; winter farewell;

Mulberry (Morus) is a genus of 10–16 species of trees. They are native to warm regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas, with most of the species native to Asia.
Mulberries are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely grow over 10-15 meters tall. The leaves are simple, often lobed, and ridged. The fruit grows in bunches, 2-3 centimeters long, is red to dark purple in color, edible, and sweet with a good flavor in several species.
The fruit is used in pies, tarts, and wines. The fruit of the Black Mulberry, native to southwest Asia, and the Red Mulberry, native to eastern North America, have the strongest flavor. The fruit of the White Mulberry, an east Asian species, has a very weak flavor.
Mulberry leaves, particularly those of the White Mulberry, are also important as food of the silkworm, the cocoon of which is used to make silk.
Mulberries can be grown from seeds, and this is the best idea as seedling-grown trees are generally healthier. However, they are most often planted from large pieces cut from other Mulberry trees, which easily take root.

It pays to plant a very good variety with big fruit.  If you know a tree which has superior fruit take a cutting and plant it. Seed might not be reliable. The fruit from this tree grows to 5cm long and is very tasty.
Mulberries stain everything purple, including yourself. If you let your children loose on them you won’t recognize them anymore!!

The white Mulberry looks like a long white grub when ripe, yellowish,  it is honey sweet but quickly deteriorates in taste when it is too ripe.

Elkhorn ferns provide sleeping nests for ringtail possums.

Azalea Rhododendron X  Bettina;
Cleaned up the herb garden;  new pavers as well. The old ones are recycled  as pathways on the upper terrace garden.

Harvested the last blood oranges;

Could not say NO to pretty Can Can; Camellia japonica;
The rough nest of the white headed pigeon;

Believe it or not:
A therapeutic task bread making.

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  1. Looks great. Your garden is so sunny and bright. Beautiful blossoms....and I can only imagine what birds and critters you get to see around your place. I know you've shown us some of them, but I think I'd be outside all day looking for them:)

  2. It looks like winter is leaving your beautiful garden but the temperature here tells me it hasn't quite left yet. The glass of wine looks more therapeutic then the bread making.

  3. Hahaha this powt didnt make any sense ot ome..until I realized you are down under...great pics....I have never seen a wisteria seed pod!

  4. Such a beautiful collection of images!
    Thank you for sharing them,