Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Flower and Foliage Flaunt ... on this late Summer Friday.

It's been a hot and humid week.  Temps have stayed pretty much around the 33 - 34 deg C mark all week, although thankfully the night time temps are a much more comfortable 24-25 deg C.  We've had a few showers of rain again during the week, but we still haven't seen the monsoonal rains arrive yet.

Out in the garden, it's the usual stuff that's on show.

Clerodendrum ugandense

Jasminum officinale

Hibiscus schizopetalus

Lagerstroemia speciosa

Tabernaemontana corymbosa 'Sweet Love'

Justicia brandegeana

Lagerstroemia indica

Mussaenda 'Calcutta Sunset'

Rain Lilies and Caladium

Mandevilla 'White Fantasy' and Pentas lanceolata

Pentas lanceolata

Galphimia glauca

Mussaenda philippica 'Bangkok Rose' and Russelia

Allamanda cathartica 'Sunee' and Russelia

Pentas lanceolata

Wrightia antidysenterica 'Arctic Snow'


Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum'


Thunbergia erecta 'Tru Blu'

Now for some fabulous foliage ...


Dracena godseffiana

Croton 'Zanzibar'

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Flower Flaunt ... on this first February Friday.

February is supposedly our last month of Summer, although there's little change even when March rolls around.  At the moment it's hot and humid.  We've had some lovely rain during the month of January and even in this first week of February, but it's been intermittent and not up to the usual wet season standards.  Still, can't complain.  The garden has needed some of that liquid sunshine after the usual long dry season last year.

I'm just sharing some of the lovely blooms that are out there around the garden this first Friday of February.

 Citharexylum spinosa, commonly known as Fiddlewood has the most beautiful perfume.

Hibiscus schizopetalus

Dwarf Ixora chinensis 'Peggy'.

Lagerstroemia indica, or Crepe Myrtle.

Mandevilla 'White Fantasy'

Galphimia glauca with its wonderful red stems.

Sometimes the Galphimia is referred to as the Gold Shower bush.

Summertime is the time for Mussaendas to put on a show.  This is Mussaenda philippica 'Bangkok Rose'.

Pseudomussaenda flava, commonly called White Wings.

There's been some lovely perfume around the garden in the last couple of weeks.  The fabulous Gardenia 'Soleil d'or', picture above, has filled the air with such a gorgeous perfume.  It's been flowering for a few weeks now.

My Jasminum officinale has begun another blooming cycle and adding to the perfumed air.

Hedychium coronarium, or White Butterfly Ginger, adds an amazing aroma.

The Murrayas have also added a stunning perfume to the early morning breeze and evening air.

Not only have I been treated to perfume in the garden, but I've also been witness to some fabulous forms and shapes in blooms as they mature.

This Hymenocallis, or Spider Lily, begins a blooming cycle with this fantastic shape where the petal ends are all joined at their tips.

Slowly the ends fall away,

and the flower opens like this.  It's simply amazing watching this happen.

Then there is the form of the brilliant Gloriosa Lily flowers as they open up.

The petals turn themselves upside down to create this wonderful spectacle.  I just love these blooms.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Australia Day!

Today, January 26th, is known as our official national day ... Australia Day.  It's an official public holiday, so we enjoy a long three-day weekend and celebrate what makes this country of ours so fantastic. 

Just for the occasion, I thought I'd share some of the wonderful natives that either grow or live around my place.  I'm so very privileged to live here.

In all corners of Oz, people will be throwing lamb chops and snags on the barbie, downing a stubby or vino, cracking jokes and spinning yarns while we wait for the lamingtons and pavlova to come out for dessert.   

If there was ever a song that I think gives a fair, clear and concise picture of just how our nation has grown and developed over time, it would have to be the song written by a fellow named Bruce Woodley.  It tells our story so beautifully. 

Just click on the play button below to listen to this wonderful tribute to this great country of ours.

I've also added a link to a video clip of a famous Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar, narrating her iconic Australian poem.  She wrote this poem when she was only 19, which just seems like such a marvellous accomplishment to me.

Dorothea was a third generation Australian, whose grandparents migrated here from Scotland in the 1830s.  Dorothea was born in 1885.  She travelled extensively with her parents whilst growing up, and wrote what is arguably Australian's most  well-known poem while she was living in England.  She was obviously very homesick for her sunburnt country.

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