Sunday, August 28, 2016

In the Ground

Freed some daylilies from pots, and planted them between the roses:
They include the three I bought at the Macedon Plant Lovers market 6 years ago, which were dug up from my garden 2 years ago and have been living in pots ever since. Also a "black plush" daylily purchased in June at the Spring Park nursery at Eganstown, and another mystery one which no-one remembers either digging up from a previous garden, or buying anywhere lately. So that one will just be a nice surprise when it flowers!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lovely Day Out

Today I drove to Bendigo to attend the Strathdale Quilters Quilt-In. I met up with a friend there and we both enjoyed the hospitality of the local quilters. There was a talk by Strathdale member Sherrie Boston, a very talented and prolific quilter, illustrated with many of her beautiful quilts. Lots of door and raffle prizes were won by lucky attendees (including my friend), and the morning and afternoon teas were fantastic. And I took no photos at all! When the show-and-tell is added to the Strathdale blog, I'll put a link here to make up for my lack of photos.

In the course of the day I completed the binding on my twisted pinwheels quilt, and added a hanging sleeve to my feathered star. Here's the proof when I got home tonight:
Feathered star (June's UFO) on the wall, twisted pinwheels (August's UFO) protecting the table-top from the vase. Jack in the foreground.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Captured by one of our cameras at just after midnight this morning:
A fox casually strolling down the driveway, between the shed and the orchard. Fortunately the chooks were locked up securely for the night.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peony Joy

This little bit of growth made me very happy today:

Peonies do not like to be moved, and this one has had a difficult life in the last 12 months. It originally grew in the front yard of a house in Coburg. About three years ago, when the gardeners left that house, the plant was dug up and taken away. But a piece of the root was left behind. The root sprouted, but was over-grown by weeds for a couple of years. Then the root was dug up in August last year, and moved temporarily to a garden up the street, just before its home garden was bulldozed and covered in concrete.

A couple of months later, the root was dug up again, and endured a hot truck ride to come here. I didn't have anywhere prepared to plant it, so put it in a pot.  It took a long time to show any sign of life, but in November it sent up a little bit of green. And then, nothing happened. No leaves, just that little green stem. I read on a couple of sites that transplanted peonies will grow "first year roots, second year shoots, third year flowers". I didn't know how a plant could survive a year without any leaves, but it seems this peony has done just that. Presumably that little bit of green stem, and whatever it had stored in the thick root, gave it enough energy to establish its root system last year, and this year there might just be some leaves. This poor abused plant definitely wants to live!

Elsewhere in the garden, my sweet peas have started to climb:

Lots of anemones are opening: 

And the penstemons, which are supposed to flower in summer but have had one or two flowers all through winter, are sending up lots of new growth:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This and That

Noisy visitors this morning:
About 25 sulphur-crested cockatoos, Cacatua galerita, (and a couple of galahs, Eolophus roseicapillus) dropped by as I was eating breakfast. It wasn't easy to get a good shot of them. This is what happens when a dog jumps up on the window seat to get a better look:
Cockatoos taking off!

None of my photos would have earned a place here:
There were some lovely photos, and even the primary-school children had taken better wildlife shots than mine this morning!

Next stop was a small quilt show in Creswick, where this was my favourite:
Kaleidoscopic stars, in purples which of course look bluer here. The card pinned to it didn't have the maker's name or the pattern name, so I can't give credit where it is due. It was for sale for $1500 though.

This made me happy later in the day:
One of my quilts finally hanging in the hallway.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wildlife Spotting

For the last couple of days, I've been fascinated by the Wildlife Spotting website. It is set up to allow members of the public to assist with scientific research into wildlife. You look at photos and identify what animal is in the photo, or if there is no animal at all. The photos are from 6 different research projects, all round the country.

Here are a couple of examples I've seen. Is this a bettong, a bandicoot, or a rat in far north Queensland?

Bandicoot, mouse or rat on the outskirts of Melbourne?
If you aren't sure, there are photos and extra information you can consult. And if you get it wrong it doesn't matter too much, as each photo is looked at by 5 different people, and the answers compared. If they are all different, the researchers know to take a look for themselves!

Lots of the photos don't show anything at all, which while it is disappointing, saves the researchers time because they know which photos they don't have to look at. The Tasmanian photos in particular rarely show an animal. So it is a bit exciting when this happens:

Tasmanian devil!

Friday, August 19, 2016


Another sign that spring is on the way:
A pair of crimson rosellas checking out a nest box outside my sewing room. I hope they move in!