Friday, January 30, 2015

Mystery Plant

Does anyone know the name of this plant? I've seen it in a couple of gardens this year, but my internet search skills haven't been up to identifying it.



It grows to about 40-50cms tall in the gardens where I've seen it. These flowers are past their best, but they were the only ones on the public side of the fence today as I walked past. When they finish, the "globe" part dries out, but stays on the plant for some time.

Please let me know in the comments if you can identify this plant for me!

Added later: Thanks once again to Dee, who has identified plants for me many times. It is a Silene vulgaris, or bladder campion. It is a weed in various parts of Australia, so while it probably would be OK to grow it in the city, it wouldn't be OK to grow in the new garden at Lal Lal!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fabric Gift

Today I received in the mail these two beautiful "Fabric Patches", a lovely gift from Maria at "The Next Stage". Because I didn't take them out of their cellophane wrapping, there's a bit of reflection in my photos which is detracting from their beauty. In real life they are stunning!

From the label:
"Artwork by Australian artist Gerhard Hillmann. Ideal for Patchwork, Quilting, Clothing and other creative projects." They are 15cm square photographic prints on organic cotton fabric, with 1cm of white around the edges. That is a nice touch, as it means the image won't get swallowed up in a seam.  Gerhard's website is here:  He has some amazing designs!

Thank you, Maria, for your generous gift.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day at the Coast

On the way I stopped at Roraima Nursery in Lara, where these plants were for sale:
They appear to be the same as the crinums I have noticed around this suburb since rescuing a pot full last April, so I was interested to learn they are "Crinum x Powellii". I was also interested in the price - $20 each. That makes that pot full I rescued rather valuable!

In Ocean Grove I was happy to see this beautiful flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) in full flower:
as it is one of two we gave to the owners about 15 years ago. It is nice to see how they have thrived and become such beautiful trees. They attract several different honeyeaters to the garden.

We had lunch at the "Rip View Bistro" where you can watch ships pass through The Rip on their way to Melbourne or Geelong.

This is "Sentosa Leader", a vehicle carrier:
I've been in one of these, and they are like floating multi-storey car parks.

This one is a tanker, "Chang Hang Feng Cai", heading to Melbourne:
And this is "Ocean Future", a bulk carrier on its way to Geelong:
I really enjoyed watching the ships go by.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Spent the weekend getting a few things done at the unit, including installing some curtains on windows which felt a bit too exposed:
Now I can watch people go past on the bike track without feeling that they are also watching me inside my home.
And I can open this bathroom window wide, without without feeling the people walking past can see right in.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Mystery Quilts

Met up with my quilting friends in the Melbourne CBD group today, and had the opportunity to "compare and contrast" with another Grand Illusion mystery quilt:
Mine on the left, and Jeanette's on the right. It was interesting to see how our different fabric choices influenced the final outcome. The same, but different! I was very impressed that Jeanette managed to make hers completely from her stash, especially given that she made the full size version. I bought a bunch of green fabrics for mine.

It was great to see them together. I think they both looked better in real life than they do in the photos.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Walking Into the Unknown

Spent a lovely afternoon at the Ballaarat Quilters "Sit and Sew" day. To find them I had to follow the sound of happy voices along several corridors in this old building:
This is where they have their regular meetings as well. It is only 20 minutes walk from my new place, so very convenient.

Somewhere during the day I passed the 1.5 million step mark:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gaultier at the National Gallery

Went to a wonderful exhibition today at the NGV:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

You are allowed to take photos inside (no flash, of course), but the light levels are so low that my camera wouldn't have been able to take an unblurry shot. Many people were taking pictures with their phones, though. The exhibition was busy, but not uncomfortably so. There are seven rooms in the exhibit, with a huge number of garments. But the animated mannequins are a bit freaky!

That's someone's video from the same exhibition when it was in Montreal in 2011.