Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Not a chance - not when the seeds cling to everything in sight, like gardening gloves, shoes, socks and other clothing.

The handyman has been at work and made this snazzy screen to partially separate the courtyard from the garden. It's all concreted into the ground, and it's very heavy......just in case you thought it would look good in your

I think two potted bamboo plants would look rather good on this side of the screen.

It's hard to get a pure white geranium, so I'm very happy with these. I must propagate some more.

Some colour on the balustrade.

I'm not sure of its name but the silver grey leaves are always attractive, and the pretty pink flowers make it a real winner. Easily propagated too.

One of the lavenders that escaped the purge a couple of months ago.

I love coriander in my food, but I think I like it even better when in flower as it is here. The leaves and flowers are so fine and lacy.

'Curry' plant. Has anyone actually used it in cooking?

Geraldton Wax.

The icebergs are just browning off, not melting.


Even convolvulus deserves to be photographed now and again.

Acanthus enjoying the shade.

The almost black leafed Aeonium zwartkopf makes a striking contrast to the various greens. Another plant which is easy to propagate.

The carpet rose will soon be a mass of flowers too.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In the Pink

If you look at Jane's blog you will see photos of her beautiful white Epiphyllum cactus.
That reminded me that ours flowered for the first time this week so I thought I'd share it with you too.
It's amazing that such a lovely flower can emerge from some pretty ordinary-looking thick strappy leaves.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Truth Will Out......

Laura, who creates the most delicious-looking gastronomic delights, which I can only drool over but not replicate, has issued me with a challenge of posting 10 Truths About Myself.

Rules of this award:

Post 10 truths about oneself:
Pass the award to 10 others (with their links):
Include the link of the person who honored you with the award :
My Ten (Random) Truths!

(not necessarily in order of importance)

1. I hate olives, blue-vein cheeses, and most Champagne......that pretty well does away with inviting me for drinks and nibblies, doesn't it?

2. I would love to have a really large garden......yet I find this one of 1440sq metres too large to maintain with ease now, especially during drought.

3. I grew up on a dairy farm and by and large had a happy childhood in a big family, and am thankful for the parents and siblings I was blessed with.

4. I live in Australia's Capital City, but often think I would like to move somewhere else. However the thought of packing/selling everything means I shall probably stay here.

5. I sometimes wish some things I could do better, do more often, or had never done at all, but realise the futility of wishing for what I can't change. I shall just have to do things differently from tomorrow......if I

6. I love interracting with my blog and internet friends and would really like to visit and meet every one of them, whether they be in Australia or overseas.

7. I love watching the ocean when it is very rough (but don't want to be on it), clouds/sunrises/sunsets, trees, flowers and winding pathways, the worms and other 'animal life' at work in the compost heap, and especially love watching my grandchildren's fascination with plants, animals, insects, etc.......even when they bring them into the house!

8. I am so proud of my four children, what they have done with their lives, and the wonderful adults they have all become.

9. I would like to finish our garden, make up all the fabric in my sewing room, learn how to shop for clothes (my sisters will be laughing hysterically at these three tasks), and cook because I want to, not because I have to.

10. I would like to be more computer-literate, but more than that, I would like a computer that is FAST!!!

Now this should be fun....who can I torment with this challenge?

1. The first one was obvious - Kerri, from Colors of the Garden, who takes such wonderful photos of her beautiful garden in Upstate New York, and has become a very dear friend.

2. Annie, from annie-flowergarden, whose love of life is so inspiring and I'd like to know her better.

3. Rachel, from lawntea.blogspot, who draws people to life with her imaginative writing.

4. Annette, from coolabahcapers.blogspot, who is travelling Australia and I want to hear more about it. Come on, little Sister!

5. Susan, from susaninstitches.blogspot, who writes me the briefest of emails and I want to see if she can write

6. Noella, from australiannightowl.blogspot, who wants to take a break from Internet Scrabble ...... you do, don't you, Noella?

7. Jane, from five-minutes-of-fame.blogspot, who kindly allowed me to come and stay with her for two nights, sight unseen, and then spent two weeks in hospital recovering.......I'm a dangerous

8. Chloe, from chloesgarden.blogspot, who was my very first blog contact and helped me get started. Perhaps this challenge will entice her back into blogging regularly as her gardening posts were always 'down to earth'.

9. Michelle, from shellsandbeans.blogspot, who suggested to her mother (me) that she start a blog as she might meet someone with similar interests. What an understatement that turned out to be!!! Thanks, Shelle.

10. Tanya, from purplegiraffes.wordpress, whom I gather needs to update her 100 things, so perhaps we could start with just TEN. I'm waiting, Tanya........see if you can beat

Thanks, Laura ........ this post took me forever to do!!!