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!


Narcissus...
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)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Calla Lily

In the plant world we come to expect that a flower has to have more than one petal and with most of the everyday plant varieties it may have become a desirable thing. 

However for the Calla Lily this plant has surpassed any of that expectation and it is its large white one petaled flower that has become so common both in florist shops and that of gardens in homes and in public buildings.


Calla lily is far from being a lily - It doesn't come from the Lilium genus! It is just a name and nothing more being far from closely related.
It lends a tropical look with it's large dark green glossy leaves.


When you look at it this way petals are actually evolved from leaves - they are just modified leaves that have been formed to usually look attractive to pollinators.


The cone in the middle is called an inflorescence and is usually bright yellow.
These flowers are usually associated with funerals and death, but let's be honest here, they are such a stunning and confident plant to be enjoyed!
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