Sunday, 18 May 2014

Garden bounty in May.

Fruit, vegetables, flowers and so much more;

Bee hotel for solitary bees, 5* and still vacancies. Come spring again it will be a busy hotel. 

Mandarins, best from your own tree.

Lovely Pumpkin flowers;

Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

Pumpkins hidden under the leaves;

Vegetables from the garden;

Healthy looking Papaya trees growing along the fence line.

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.

The cool season and Poinsettia  belong together. Pruned neatly and  waiting over summer for the season to show of  their brilliant colours.

Abutilon always a winner. Summer and winter.

Flower buds of Paperbark; some are already open and I can hear the buzz of insects looking for nectar and pollen.

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.

Golden Penda, buds and open flowers.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.

Fruit and vegetables from the garden, Rollinia, Lemons, Mandarins, Pitaya and Aubergines.

Hawaiian passion fruit,  sweet and delicious, true Ambrosia! 

Aloe for cool season cheer.

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.

Stage appearance for Drama Girl, Camellia japonica.

The wild garden, soft and quiet with patterns of sun and shade;

Always forget the always present and liked Mexican heather, a true staple in pink and mauve shade and also pretty in white. Love it!

Pyrethrum flowers; ( I can hear the birds, they are very agitated and alert, there must be still a Python around or perhaps a Pheasant, both give rise to a lot of noise within the birds.)

I am never quite sure with this one, it could be, it looks like a Salvia.  It is an absolutely beautiful plant.

Believe it or not:
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. -

©Photos my garden/ some Text Ts

Subtropical Garden; Vegetables; Orchard; Cottage and Wild Garden growing native and exotic plants,  Currumbin Valley,  Queensland, Australia

Sunday, 11 May 2014

May; Butterfly garden;

A butterflies thinks its life goes on forever, at the most for a fortnight. Ts

Farfalla/Italian (Butterfly in different languages)


Do ye not comprehend that we are worms,
Born to bring forth the angelic butterfly
That flieth unto judgment without screen?
~Dante Alighieri


The new Butterfly garden along the chicken fence;


Cathrantus roseus; bred in many shades of red and pink plus white, but I have not seen a yellow one.

This great purple butterfly,
In the prison of my hands,
Has a learning in his eye
Not a poor fool understands.
~William Butler Yeats, "Another Song of a Fool"


I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly!  Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"


The beginnings of the butterfly garden; Billy checks it out.


Planted many corms of cottage gladioli


Cathrantus roseus;


With the rose the butterfly's deep in love,
A thousand times hovering round;
But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun's sweet ray is hovering found.
~Heinrich Heine, "New Spring"


Imortelles/ Strawflowers


Grown-ups love figures.  When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters.  They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like?  What games does he love best?  Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand:  "How old is he?  How many brothers has he?  How much does he weigh?  How much money does his father make?"  Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French

Dwarf Canna;


FrenchLavender/ summer aster/ yellow Lantana;

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
  ~Hans Christian Andersen

The girls;


Tropical Salvia;

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"

Plecanthrus amboinicus


We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.  We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them.  It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it.  Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Butterfly garden; variegated creeper Plecanthrus coleoides;

Turkish/ Kelebek

Alamanda Cheri'

The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me.  I grow older.
~Li Po

Sunset in the garden; 05 May 2014 17:28 PM

Believe it or not:
Red sky at night, shepherds' delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds' warning a proverb, meaning If you see a red sky at night, the weather will be good next day, but a red sky in the morning foretells bad weather.

©Photos/Text Ts