Sunday, October 19, 2008

Different views

This Abutilon (Chinese Lantern) is covered in beautiful deep red flowers for at least 10 months of the year.

The elusive sunlight shining through the leaves of the Cercis (Forest Pansy) is so hard to capture in a photo - but I'll keep trying.

Malus (Crab Apple) blossom fully open. What more could one ask for in a flowering tree - shape, compactness, attractive foliage, and the flowers are glorious - and the bees love them.

Cotinus (Smoke Bush)

I have a habit of always photographing the garden from the same places, so today I opted for some different views.

Banksia rose spilling over the back fence.

Flowering eucalypt, just outside the fence.

The open space between our garden and the next suburb.

Looking towards the house and vegetable garden area.

Fruit trees with grapevines beginning to show through the pickets.

The back yard.

Jasmine over the back gate and espaliered pear and apple trees, which do a wonderful job of protecting that wall (our bedroom) from the hot westerly sun.

The front garden - from ground level.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Is it 'Where's Wally'? No, ........

.... it's 'Where's Luca'?
Definitely the loveliest 'flower' in the entire garden.

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The Vagaries of Nature

Just outside our garden stands this lovely eucalypt now bearing the prettiest of pink flowers.

Alas, the white cockatoos also find it very attractive. Whilst they may obtain a small amount of something edible from these trees, most of their activity is sheer wanton destruction. They can lay waste to a huge eucalypt, a tree bearing fruit, an ornamental tree in blossom, or your favourite shrub in a matter of days.

They are magnificent looking birds, but I'm not sure that this is enough to redress the damage they do.

However, Mother Nature always has a few surprises up her sleeve, like this very colourful frilled-necked lizard just sunning himself nearby.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

In the Garden this weekend ....

Crab apple in bud - should be in flower in a couple of days.

Crepe Myrtle just shooting in the front of yellow daisy.



Lamium and bluebells

Centranthus (Red Valerian)

Broom and white alyssum

Mixed shrubbery

Bronze fennel and yellow osteospermum

Bronze fennel, euphorbia and erimophola

Silver-leafed Pyrethrum

Osteospermum and mixed shrubs

Osteospermum (African daisies) and Californian Poppies

Another Malus (Crab Apple)

White alyssum and blue ajuga

Californian poppies growing wild

Smoke bush and Japanese maple behind.

Yellow Banksia Rose

Cotinus (Smoke Bush)

Lavender and daisies

Roses, lemons and lavender


Vegies - carrots, parsnips, beetroot, broad beans

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen...

... may I introduce 'Rossini'.

He is about 4 years old. His parents, 'Scruffy' and 'Buddy' were our constant visitors all one summer, demanding to be fed first thing in the morning and then serenading us throughout the day as they perched on the backs of the outdoor chairs.

We named Rossini after Gioachino Rossini, a popular early 19th century Italian composer; one of his operas being 'The Thieving Magpie'.

We chose wisely. This magpie isn't a thief, but he certainly is 'musical'. Richard has often been regaled with his extensive repertoire whilst working in the garden, but I hadn't heard the full 'concert' until yesterday.

The beautiful magpie warble was interspersed with many other bird calls including parrots, plovers, sparrows, as well as dogs barking, human voices, cars and even an ambulance siren in perfect pitch.

I know that magpies are noted for being good mimics but the range of sounds that Rossini has acquired is amazing. He has even copied the special way in which Richard whistles to him.

He is quite tame and will come into the house if the door is left open and when he's hungry he runs along the brick path, hops up the five steps up onto the deck, and pecks on the familyroom door.

We hope he stays and serenades us for many years.

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