Saturday, 1 July 2017

July, July, blue sky, a slice of life drama around the garden.

1/July 2017 Photos from this morning.

Winter suits this vibrant climber performing a theatrical show, mixing and climbing up trees and mingling, holding on to shrubs to show off its orange exuberance.


Here out performing a cotoneaster which is quietly good natured and does not mind at all.

A LIFE Performance; the new and the old; 

"Beach Blanket" little Roses not yet touched by the anxiety "To be or not to be"?

Camellia "Pink Gold"  Yes, I could say this is my favourite actress, she performs in the shade, away from the crowds, she pleases herself and does not care if the queen herself would drool over her.

AS, always the morning sun performs her magic turning light into shadows.

Bougainvillea California Gold.

Lookin up...

Looking down..

That's it for today,  all plants were performing this morning just for me....and for you.

5/July/ 2017

Yesterday morning when I went up to the kitchen garden to pick snow peas, I had a bit of a surprise when I spotted (actually Bobby saw her first) this early visitor curled up in the feathery bed of carrots. Waiting for the sun to warm her up. She as a beautiful carpet pattern that gives her the common name of carpet snake. If you leave them in peace they leave you in peace. Not at all aggressive or poisonous. I think it is quite a privilege to welcome wildlife like her in the garden.

Act II
This morning, 19/07/2017 Roses, a new flush, lovely to see;

Roses have played a dramatic role in the Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses 1455 - 1487 were a series of wars for control of the throne of England fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster, and the House of York. The red rose of the House of Lancaster and the white rose of the House of York.

Rose Mr. Lincoln.
Bred by Swim & Weeks, USA, 1964 this is a very tall growing rose to 1.8 metres.
The dark red blooms are very fragrant and high-centred and the petals have incredible substance and when fading, take a rather dark purple hue. This rose is ideal for the vase and one bush will produce many magnificent long, strong stems.

Apricot Nectar quite pink in winter, photos are showing natural colours.

Apricot Nectar, Floribunda Rose bred by Eugene Boerner in the USA and introduced by  in 1965. It is one of the most popular Floribunda Roses in Australia due to its vigorous growth habit, regular repeat flowering and its consistent performance throughout its growing period. Much recommended for the sub-tropic gardens.

Perfectly aesthetic, Nature's know how for a few glorious days.

The dark side of roses; perfect today and perhaps tomorrow.

A sweet, Orchid has made an appearance, showing of its tiny flowers, Twinkle is its stage name.

Next show...perhaps tomorrow...

20/07/2017 3.00 PM a beautiful sunny day.

A selfie, yes, Roses  do make selfies.

Tibouchina high up, winking, flirting, look at me, pick me,make me a star for ever.

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars” 
― Seneca

Glorious early morning;

Morning always comes,  no dawdling or  perhaps,  or maybe tomorrow.  Mornings are steadfast you may rely on them to arrive every day.  HAVE A NICE ONE . T.s

Lovely to see when the sun touches the morning. Ts

...and a look into the Valley.

Bye, bye July; Last act; The Kings and the clowns.

Some  feathered friends visit every day.

King Parrots; the male is brilliant red the female has a much more subdued colouring.

the clowns.

 Cheeky Rainbow Lorikeets.

The subtropics might not have  a favourite season. There is no transitory period. No harshness of winter. Autumn is like a song, winter is poetic. Spring? There is none or not much of it as this season  is mainly swallowed up by summer. In September we might get the only glimpse of  a season called spring. High summer has a harshness about it with high humidity, always hot, ferocious rain pelting the grounds/ floods or contrary with unforgiving dry spells. The sun sizzles and the birds sleep in the daytime.

Thank you for visiting and leaving a calling card. Hopefully see you in August again.

                      ©Photos/Text/Stories around the garden Ts


  1. Such a cheerful post, loved act 1,looking forward to act 2. I love when plants grow together harmoniously like the tree and the climber. And the photo of the coloured leaves from underneath is a great photo and an unusual perspective.

  2. Thank you catmint, for your kind and interesting comment.

  3. Beautiful snake, but very glad it is not aggressive or venomous. Do you have lizards as well?

    I have the 'California Gold' Bougainvillea, too. How fun to see one in the other hemisphere!

    1. Hoover Boo, thank you for visiting. Yes, we have many different lizards.

  4. As always enjoyed your winter garden. Are you looking after it by yourself??I would have got a fright to see the snake but at least it is a nice one.

    1. diane b thanks for stopping by. Mainly I look after it. My daughter Lilli helps a lot too. I have also a great garden helper Calvin, I can call when the need someone for heavy work like whippersnipper and pruning with a chain saw, any heavy work. I left the snake there and later she slithered down to the house wanted to go up onto the roof, but disappeared again somewhere.

  5. Always a joy to see your garden photos, and on Facebook also. Do you have help with it? I've started my blog again, and hope to keep it up.
    Love, Jan

  6. Thank you for your comment, Jan. Nice to see you blogging again.

  7. Wow those parrots come and go? How lovely. But, that snake... OMGosh that is what I don't want to see.

  8. Nearly missed your comment. Thank you for your visit Stephanie. If it was a poisonous snake I would not be so blasée.