Saturday, December 26, 2009

Foxglove: Love at First Sight (2009)

Purple quite a common colour, a close up of the purple foxglove:
English style gardens have always been my sort of thing. Cottages sitting snugly between patches of continuously flourishing flowers beginning to spill over their set area, and moss topping everything off indicating abundance and fertility. It's a stark contrast and a world away from the Australian garden, or what's left of it anyway.
It's the Foxglove standing in a strong stance at the back of the garden that is always the star of the show, and in the pursuit of this flower I've decided to add it's presence in our own flower garden.

A purple foxglove at its grand height:
The Foxglove, also called Digitalis, is technically a biennial flowerer. At its base layers of large leaves that I would say resemble sage leaves (perhaps because both plants belong to Lamiales Order) cover the ground and when flowering the plant sends up a stalk of bell like flowers, nodding down, that open starting from the bottom to the top. There are a few different colours of flower.

Close up of white Foxglove:
In my own garden the Foxglove struggles with the climate it faces. It likes to flower in the summer but the Australian summer is harsh often burning the leaves and dehydrating the plant. The stalk often droops down as if it has no will to live. Some make it for the next year but many die halfway through flowering.

White Foxglove standing tall:
In time we hope that the best of the Foxglove will survive to leave a group of adapted plants.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Let's add a rainbow to Christmas: Silverbeet


Some veggie goodness from our Garden of Eden.

This is Silverbeet or in some countries called Chard. It is related to spinach, has quite thick and strong green leaves, and believe it or not the stems come in both 'regular' bright red and yellow!, and colours in between which explains the colouring in the photo I've taken.
And yeah, it's a stirfry!

I guess I should have pictures of the actual plant. I'll get to that later then if it's still there!

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Turkey (a short post)

An update: Well the scrub/brush turkey has been having on and off sessions at our place. Actually, we don't want it here to be honest because of it's destructive behaviour, but we have no idea why it's come here in the first place. Perhaps it's home has been destroyed, well we'll never know. As I've said in Australian Brush Turkey (or Scrub Turkey) we believe it's a female. But lately we think we've found it's counterpart. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures but it seems a male brush turkey has decided to try out our backyard to our dismay. It looks a lot more vibrant in colour on it's neck which leads us to believe it's male. I'm begging them not to come back, but there's really nothing we can do about it. I know a lot of you are animal lovers but we want it to go back home where it belongs. Not in the company of humans or getting dependant and losing the skills it needs to survive.

Why People Might Of Been Shouting Bushfire

I know I haven't posted in a while, but as many excuses... I mean reasons!, go, I've been awfully busy. One of the reasons that I've tried to maintain this blog rather than my other blog at the moment is because this blog is a lot quicker to write in than of my fashion blog! So I'll try to keep it up.

So a month or two ago day was turning to twilight in the middle of the day. It has always been a familiar sight where I live, but rarely does it get this dark in the day, a once a year occurrence where usually the smell of smoke is the only signal we get around here. It meant the fires we're somewhat near, and though there wasn't any hysteria going on there is always an uneasiness at the back of our minds. We concluded that this was just back-burning, done before the bushfire season was to start, so there wasn't that much concern going on.

These are some pictures of the day the back-burning occured:

From the kitchen window. You can see the bright orange red colouring coming through the corrugated plastic. <

Through the camelia leaves the sun peeped out glowing brightly.

Another shot of the burning sun, not the normally cheery sun we see here.

And the orange light reflecting on our green walls inside.

And that was just part one!

Just a few days later a similar vision could be seen in the sky. But somehow it looked different. Living in this country so long you get this sixth sense on orange skies that you might be an expert on the subject. The colour was wrong, it was browner and murky. The first reaction was of course, BUSHFIRE, BUSHFIRE. But the longer you stare, the longer you breathe and you noticed this couldn't be a bushfire. Why did the air not have the scent of smoke? Why was the sky an opaque fog? And so people started to think it was Armageddon, as it naturally made us emotionally down. The world was almost on fire.

This was the sight from our living room into our backyard. The sky is a browny-orange and you couldn't see more than a hundred metres out.

The traffic lights also turned funny colours. Green was blue, orange was yellow, red was orange, like the weakened short lightwaves couldn't get to us! Too tired I suppose, haha.

And the sun, forget what they told you about eye protection. You could stare directly at it where usually blinding yourself was just too easy (click for a closer view).

Silt seemed to gather all over the cars, windows, tables, any surface. Even inside while the doors were closed.

It wasn't a bushfire, it was a dust storm! It's not often the city gets covered in dust, but it has happened before. What made this different was that it was never as widespread and intense as this. And it was very bad news if you were one of those people who suffered badly to dust or had asthma!

Yes, it's quite long overdue but not only is it interesting, but I'd say culturally in Australia, It's VERY important and I know a lot of you will agree also.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Exuberant Fuchsia

I think one of the most gorgeous plants with one of the best colour is the Fuchsia. The fuchsia is brightly coloured a deep bright pink and an intense purple with bell shaped flowers and is mostly grown as an ornamental plant though people do eat the berries. It's like a lamp and a lampshade!

This is a gorgeous photo of one of my mother's favourite plants (and I love it too).


I think the fuchsia I have at home is the Blue Eyes Fuchsia (probably fuchsia x hybrida), it looks similar to that variety.

I must write about the dust storm some time too. Remind me?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alluring Lotus

These pictures may be dated but the beauty of our lotus still stays with its sweet image. They were taken last year but what's extraordinary is their ability to survive, grow and flower in just a pot, not a pond.

First an arty-farty image, Ha Ha...(yes, I know, I'm not quite that funny, oh well.)Perhaps I'll paint this one.

These pictures show parts of the stem and leaves. The leaves are grand, the size magnificent. (Don't mind the rubbish bin!)



Okay, this one's not a good shot but you get to see the inside of the lotus. I believe you can eat the seeds, roots and leaves of a lotus. I've seen on television that Aborigines eat the stem, so basically you could eat the whole plant; handy if you're in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the beautiful lotuses.


And lotuses are being developed all the time, so there are a variety of colours out there. They exist all around the world with some unique features on particular lotuses that have lived isolated in their native areas but have captured hearts and landed themselves in various gardens.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Australian Brush Turkey (or Scrub Turkey)

I introduce to you our resident Australian Scrub Turkey!


Actually she (we believe a female) is quite a pesky creature, though I don't blame her. She just flew in from god knows where a bit longer than last week and thought it cute. But in actual fact she's been destroying our garden. She is native after all...

The Australian Brush Turkey is a native Australian bird. It is fairly common but it's interest lies in the way they lay their eggs. The turkey creates a mound by scraping leaf litter into a pile and lays the eggs in this mound. It is one of the peculiar animals that's gender is determined by temperature. When the chicks hatch they dig themselves out of the mound and are left to fend for themselves.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sweet Freesia

This picture is of the sweet smelling Freesia.


Many of you may know it as it is a common garden plant. Though very small in size (an individual plant may be about the size of a small soft toy, yes, I am comparing to a soft toy!), it can be well noticed as it's scent blows in the wind from many metres away and fill a field. There is just one downside: it's flowers do not last very long and are seasonal bloomers.

It's very easy to grow, you might like to try it yourself.

The Well Known Cumquat & A Note About Me

I'd like to note that I'm not an expert and I'll try my best to name as many plants as possible. Please, if you find out that one of the names are wrong or that you know the names of one of the plants, kindly write a comment so that I can edit my post! Thank you!

So First Plant: The Cumquat


The cumquat (or sometimes spelt kumquat) is a citrus that has a small thumb size fruit that has a thin sweet skin and a sour flesh with a similar taste and appearance of an orange. Some hate it some love it; but if you can stand the sourness it's a delicious fruit.

Our cumquat is in a pot and therefore is quite small but it seems very healthy.

Welcome To The World Of Flora

Welcome to my new blog!

How generic...

But you will find here a hidden passion that many people didn't know - The World of Flora.

I will be posting my pictures of plants from my backyard. For me it will be a way to keep track of the plants known or in fact unknown(!) to me and to remember the ones that may be lost to Mother Nature's wishes.

Enjoy!
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