Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Lost is Found Again

Part of the garden is in the middle of a makeover, so I have been saving plants that I wish to keep. I knew I had a dahlia somewhere, I just had to find it. I used to have heaps of them, all given to me by my Mum many years ago, then I dug most of them up & gave them away. Then with the drought, I lost all but one, or so I thought. So digging up a daisy bush to save, I found this one hidden under all kinds of other things, struggling to make it to the light. This one was not in the position that I knew my dahlia to be, so now I have two that will hopefully multiply into more. Though why it is shooting now beats me, it must be the rain we have had

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Little Ray of Sunshine

More storms late yesterday, & a cool change overnight has brought a dull day today. So today I give you a daisy to brighten your day. These guys drop seed everywhere & grow like weeds.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Red In The Morning.......................

There is something to be said for old sayings. I used to hear as a child "Red in the morning, shepherd's warning." Well, this was the sunrise yesterday morning as viewed from my back door, and I thought of that saying as I pondered what was in store for us for the day weatherwise. It was a sunny/ cloudy kind of day, nothing special ,until I spotted the cloud formation to the south of us around mid afternoon. Storms are my phobia & I watch them like a hawk. This one wasn't doing anything much, well at least not wandering too close to us. There was rain in it, but we weren't getting any. It wasn't until much later, after dinner , that the rumbles & flashes started. This one was comming from the west and was making it's presence known very loudly. Putting on a fantasic light show, it thankfully didn't wander too far east. Just far enough to give a little drink to my garden.

Native Violets

These are the other violets that have nearly strangled the blue ones. This one is an Australian Native I believe & is thoroushing ( Spelling) up the side path, all in between the pavers etc. Pretty though.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Strange Things Happening

With the drought, I have nearly lost my violets. There are however one or two tiny patches left up the side path. They do not usually flower until the middle of the year, but last week I found just one flower, even if something had decided it was worth nibbling. Maybe they are going to flower early this year because of all the rain we have had this month. I'll keep my eye on them.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How about this vase of gorgeous roses. All cut from the roses in my front garden and making my dining room smell divine.

Friday, March 20, 2009

An 8 Legged Visitor

M...... I wonder what this little spider would find to eat here. Makes me wonder what other creapy crawly things are hiding down under the petals of this rose.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


My garden has had a good drink from all the rain we have had and in response, is flowereing well again. This is my "Jennifer" rose just about to bloom. If you look closely in the background you will see all the buds that are about to come out.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Geranuims in Autumn

Another one of my geraniums that has come into flower after all the rain. I have had this one for quite some time. Originally, it came from my Mum's garden over 20 years ago. I have not seen it anywhere else.

Another cool morning in Sydney this morning. It got down to below 12 deg C just before dawn.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Visitor in Autumn

One day I will get a great pic of a dragon fly. I have tried a few times & so far this is the best that I have got. This little one made a visit to my garden with one of his friends last week. I do not see them very often so it was a pleasure to have them.
It is Autumn in Sydney and this morning definately had signs that summer is gone the chilly weather is on it's way. A minimum of 13 degrees overnight, this has been the coolest night so far this year. We have also had some rain. A late afternnoon storm on the weekend, then two later at night, brought a total of 32mm to the garden, which made pulling weeds yesterday easy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Beauty

This fabulous specimen of a hibiscus was outside the front window of a place we stayed on a recent trip away. Not exactly my favourite colour, but I sure can enjoy the beauty of this one.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

An Orchid

How beautiful is this orchid. I recieved this flower yesterday from a lady I know. A few weeks back, I spent some time splitting up & re-potting my own orchids, giving away a bag full of orchid bulbs. The lady who gave me this flower was one who recieved some of my bulbs, so we have been having discussions on orchids every time I see her. Yesterday I was surprised with this little posy that she gave me in the morning, then late yesterday she asked if I would like a bulb of this one. How could I say no? It has been promised for the next time I see her which will be in around two weeks time. So I am a lady in waiting, waiting for a bulb of this beautiful orchid so I can grow my own. I might add here that the perfume is divine. I have never known an orchid to smell before, at least mine do not have any perfume.