Thursday, April 28, 2011


We only get visits from the galahs occasionally so when we do I try to capture them with the camera. I could hear them squawking but it took me a while to find them hiding in the gum tree down the back. I apologise for the quality, I had to zoom & crop.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Buds A Plenty

Back in March we had quite a bit of rain, consequences of which my climbing rose is just covered in buds just like this one. Maybe in about a week it will be covered in pink blooms. Here's hoping.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Native Violets

After all the rain, look what is flowering a plenty.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seed Pods

Seed pods can be so interesting if we really look. All I can see here is the head if a stick insect, but in fact it is just a seed pod currently in my garden.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


After rescuing my orchid from the snails & slugs last week, it has rewarded me with these beautiful blooms. There are five altogether, scattered along one spike. The spike is running horizontal, a sign perhaps that I should have given it some support. Though by the time I found it last week it may have been too late, & if I had of tried to bend it, it may well have snapped.

This is a closer view of one of the blooms, and looking closely we can see where the snails have had their dinner. I'll be more diligent next year.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Surprise

Yesterday I was out in the garden looking for parsley to add to my cooking & look what I found! This orchid was given to me two years ago by a little old lady ( she is in her 90's & still going strong!) . I have been watching & waiting patiently for that length of time to be rewarded with this spike containing 5 buds. The down side is the ***** snails found them before me & have chewed holes into three of them. About a month ago I saw a new shoot coming & watched with eager anticipation, only to believe it was just that, a new shoot. Now it has been rescued from the snails & I will wait with more eager anticipation for them to open. Hopefully they will look like this.