Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lavender: Lavandula Stoechas

Personally the smell of Lavender is very challenging to me. 
It's more likely to give me a headache than to help calm and sooth as it does for a lot of people. 
 But there is a special charm to this special flower's shape, the fluffy tops that resemble wings and give the garden such a feminine charm in the most beautiful purples. 

This lavender plant was flowering at the same time as the wisteria and so close by a month ago and it's such a sight to have a carpet of purple below and a curtain of purple enveloping the sky too!
The leaves too are a little misty, not some ordinary green.

Unfortunately this species is reportedly an invasive species in Australia making it not such a good choice in non suburban areas. You can understand why with its general tolerance to the dry and heat and its pervasive ground covering abilities. Very easy to propagate!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Purple Wisteria 2013

Wisterias are such feminine flowers that shower down in sprays of blooms.
They are strong and are widespread where ever they grow enjoying the attention they get.

But behind their alluring exterior is a vine that tends to swallow whatever is in their way.
They climb and twist around all manner of trees and plants and often choke the host plant to their demise and even death.

Even houses or building structures suffer similar fates and I would not recommend planting against any structure or any valued tree.
So not quite the innocent look that it likes to show.

They are part of the pea family (think Sweet Pea).

They are native to Asia although they grow with ease in most places and do well in the Australian climate.
The vines are quite hardy with solid woody stems.

Their blooms don't last that long, a few weeks usually but they spread like a purple haze in teardrops with seeming eagerness. They start out purple with a tinge of fuchsia, then fade paler, shrivels and then drops into dried blue petals.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A New Leaf

It's been a long time since I've done a post and although I'd like to keep the spontaneity I'm pretty excited with the new photos I've been making recently with the introduction of my DSLR (you might have heard from my other blog Garden Of Shadows).

To start off here's 'A New Leaf' - no pun intended but it's like starting a new leaf as well as a vision of petals which are also leaves!
I have a feeling this is a type of bromeliad, with fine long leaves and a typical series of spear like flower 'petals' which are more like thick leaves.

I don't know which genus it is exactly so if you have any ideas please give a shout!
It's definitely a no maintenance plant. The flowers last a long time and are hardy with a pretty pattern.
Obviously I really love my aperture shots!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Confident Azalea #2

Here we have a delightful pure white variety - a very delicate and symbolic colour.

These started flowering at the same time as the common pink variety.
These become a great covering bush with its flowers filling up all the space within the tree.
It's quite a sight to see such a view of many trees flowering at once.

Having been spring it surely isn't the only plant with wide blooms.
Wisteria and Jacarandas also bloom in my garden so there's always a sight to see from grass to sky.
Azaleas can be prone to being high in pollen causing hay fever.

Daisies are always a strong and wide grower and here they pervade as the azaleas bloom.
Unfortunately recently one of the pink azalea trees died.
They have grown for decades so it's a sad but perhaps timely death.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Ladybird Party

Something odd was happening on this day.
A congregation of ladybirds gathering on the stump of the tree.
I wonder why that may be?
There was nothing there to fancy or see.
All they were doing was sitting right on that tree.
There was no food or be gained.
Strange things happen and these many ladybirds happen to decide that a party was in order.
How many do you see? 
Can you count them?

Generally ladybirds (or sometimes called ladybugs, ladybeetles) eat other insects in the garden such as the abhorrent aphids. Only some eat plants making for the most part a welcome addition to any garden in order to ward off pests.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Too sympathetic to the pesky brown blob. (Possum)

What sort of animal sits in a tree and you find that you would love them to leave?
Do you see the brown furry blob?
It sleeps in the day and comes out at night.
It makes a strange growl at others of their kind.
They sound like the ignition of a motorcycle.
Know what it is?
It's an Australian brush tail possum.
Pesky creatures that eat the fruit of Your trees
And ignore the plentiful native plants.
Or gets into your roof to make itself home.
Or keeps you awake at night when their party has started but yours wants to end.
I would love for it to move itself out.
But I'm too sympathetic to do so.
It's your lucky day....
Or year.
The brush tail possum is very common in Australia. If you go looking at night around my house you are sure to see one. It also climbed up the palm tree and decided to jump at the fronds, then decided to climb back down and go for a crawl.

I'm not an animal hater, I assure you. Please, if you would like to say don't hate the animal you are welcome to do so but I would like it very much if you don't make strong, hateful comments or start arguing. This is a preemptive measure. Thanks!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Daffodil on Stilts

Here's a quick one for you. 
What kind of plant likes to think himself as so beautiful, regal, superior and above all...above all!

i.e. The daffodil!

Luckily for you he ain't so full of pride most of the time.
The daffodil is a bulb so a lot of the time it dies off for the winter though sometimes you will see it's leaves all year round if the condition permits it.

(Below them are daisies and behind are succulents, probably Aeonium Arboreum)
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