Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Garden in May

This is my monthly record for myself of what is happening in the garden. So be warned, there's lots of flowers ahead, and feel free to skip over it.

Here's a cheerful sight:

The tree dahlia has started flowering! We have had one night of temperatures below freezing, but most of the garden hasn't minded. 

The daylilies have not flowered much this year, mainly because they are apparently very tasty to wallabies. But with a fence around them now the occasional flower is appearing:

Roses are also very tasty to wallabies, so several of the bushes have been stripped of buds and leaves. Those closest to the house have managed to bloom a bit:

Penstemons just about finished:

Thryptomene covered in flowers:

A few gazanias out:

Hakea "Burrendong Beauty" covered in flowers:

That touch of red in the background is one of the crepe myrtles being autumnal.

Lavender:

Rosemary, with a bee:

Did you know that rosemary has become a salvia? It is Salvia rosmarinus now.

But the fact that I have posted a picture of one salvia, won't stop me adding this one:

This little seat is now surrounded by the Bethel sage. The flowers are visited regularly through the day by spinebills (a nectar-eating bird).

Camellia:

Abutilon:

These that I need to go and check the label on but it is dark outside now:

Leonotis just getting started:

Hebe:

This crassula, which I have recently discovered can get much redder than this if it gets more sun:

So I have potted some pieces that the crimson rosellas helpfully snipped off, and will see how red they get inside a sunny window.

Bromeliads, cyclamens, echeverias, correas, eremophilas, all have flowers but I either forgot to photograph them, did photograph them but the photos weren't great, or just decided that this is enough for now.

To finish this post, bonus flowers purchased this afternoon from the Bunnings markdown section. Beautifully clove-scented dianthus at under half price:





Thursday, May 12, 2022

An Outing

Today we took a drive to the Melton Botanic Garden. It was great to get away from the family worries that have been consuming me lately. The gardens are looking fantastic, and have really grown and developed since our last visit. I'm not sure when the last visit was, as the only post I could find was our   bus trip in 2018. But we really need to make more regular trips to this wonderful spot.

This meadow argus (Junonia villida) butterfly was in the first plant I saw as I got out of the car.

The gardens are full of wildlife, like this musk lorikeet:

And this rainbow lorikeet:
 
I was so taken with the wildlife I forgot to take photos of the garden vistas, apart from these ducks helpfully sitting around the sign that tells you what species they are:

The reason we went to the gardens on a Thursday was to visit the nursery. And of course we did not come away empty-handed!

A haul of interesting and unusual plants to add to our own garden.




Sunday, May 8, 2022

Morning Visitors

I didn't get to see this, I found the photos on my camera later in the day. 

Early this morning before I was awake, this happened out the front of our house:

Swamp wallaby in the foreground, grey kangaroo at the back.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Much Pink

Last month when I did my Yellow round-up, I said, "It will be interesting to see if I can find any pink in the garden at the end of April." I don't know if it is interesting, but I found way more pink than I was expecting!

Let's deal with the scrappy sewing first, so you can skip the flowers if you are not interested. This month I made five pairs of Scrappy Sprouts leaves:

and six of Ivani's Hearts:

I will link this post to the So Scrappy RSC link-up when it is available on the weekend.

Here's the SoScrappy Saturday link-up.

 

In the garden I found pink roses:

Hakea "Burrendong Beauty":

Pink leaves on this ajuga:

Two pink salvias. First Salvia leucantha "Velour Pink":

And then my favourite, the enormous Salvia involucrata which is just beginning to flower:


 Tiny thryptomene:

First camellia flowers of the year!

So delicate looking.

Not quite so delicate, this Billbergia:


The abutilons are flowering again, after being given a severe prune some months back:

And last of all for this post, I found the first cyclamen flower of the year about to open:

I wonder what next month's colour will be? 


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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Autumn Colour and Some Slow Sewing

I took this photo of the "October Glory" Lipstick maple a couple of weeks ago:

Beautiful colour! It really should have been renamed "April Glory" for the southern hemisphere. But all the leaves have fallen off now, so I'm glad I got a shot while it looked so good.

Here's my ginkgo that same day:

It doesn't look much different today.

The largest crepe myrtle has lost some leaves without me getting a shot of it at its best, so here's the second largest one today:

The tupelo I bought when at a quilting retreat 3 years ago (that feels like a very long time ago, so much has happened since) hasn't grown a lot, but at least it is giving me a bit of colour this year:


 The liquidambar is red at the base, but is losing a lot of leaves before they turn red:

Last month Pamela posted about a Ukrainian cross-stitch bookmark she was beginning, which is a free pattern from Cliffside Stitches. She finished it quickly, and then used it as a decorative panel on a bag.  I decided to make it as well, although I haven't decided yet what I will turn it into when it is done.

Here it was a couple of days ago:

And this is how it looks tonight:
Cross-stitch is a very calming activity, and I'm enjoying spending 15-30 minutes each day immersing myself in it.





Friday, April 15, 2022

The Garden in April

I started photographing the April flowers this morning, then finished late in the day after a walk near Lal Lal Falls.

Morning dahlia:

Late afternoon dahlia in a different part of the garden:

Not great photo of a canna, but just as a record for myself as I think I have forgotten them in previous months:

Rose:

Salvia, with a few roses round the edges:


Penstemon:


Last of the propeller plant flowers:
Two different, but apparently almost the same, leucadendrons:
This melaleuca that I have never found the tag for, but which Dee identified last month as most likely Melaleuca coccinea:

Thank you, Dee!

The 5th crepe myrtle has developed buds on one branch:

But as its leaves are already turning red, I don't think there will be any flowers on this one this year.

Eremophila:

 

Part of the garden across the front of the house, with lavender, salvias and treasure flowers visible:

Then it was lunchtime, and after that we took at walk at Lal Lal Falls, where there was precisely zero water:

This is the view from the top of the falls, which you can compare with a shot from the same point 5 years ago here.

Shot of the reservoir as seen from the walking trail:

Back to the garden. I have to include this one sad flower:

It is the very last of this year's sweet pea flowers. I've never seen one hang on till autumn before. The new crop for later this year is already coming up.

The saffron crocuses are appearing, one or two each day:

Thryptomene:

Rosemary:

Hollyhocks, foxgloves and cosmos coming to the end of their flowering period:

I'll finish with this pretty nerine hybrid:

There are other flowers around the garden. Lots of pelargoniums. The abutilons are just starting, the Viburnum tinus is flowering, there are flowers on blue chalksticks and echeverias. Some of the hebes have flowers. But this post is long enough I think!