There is so much growing, all really under my nose until I grab the camera to detail the goings-on.The passionfruit flower is beautiful and weird all at the same time.
I love the shapes of the the stamens and the juxtaposition of the yellow pollen with the beautiful royal purple. It is a shame that the flowers are only out for a day before they have gone again!
The pattern that the lines of the petals make is exquisite.
The pumpkins are also flowering in their radiant yellow glory.
The new banana trees are growing. It will be great to try the different varieties that we have, if we manage to get any fruit off them. There is a long way to go yet!
I really need to do some weeding!
The sweetcorn that is in the veggie box is getting there, now that will be delicious when we can have home-grown sweetcorn.
The Salvia that I planted last September is looking very cottage-like and true to a cottage garden we are mixing the flowers in with the produce. Apparently my hubby said, it was the best place to plant the bananas right in with my flowers.
The geraniums that my neighbour gave me a few months ago are looking very pretty and genteel.
Just when I thought all my Jane McGrath roses had gone, more bloom-thank goodness, they are so pretty!
The Jane McGrath rose is such a hardy little plant, I get such great delight from her blooms.
Until next time.
I thought I would update you on what is happening in the garden. We have some banana trees growing in the garden now. They seem to be recovering after all the rain we had last week.
The passionfruit flowers are starting to bud!
Let’s hope we manage to keep the possums away from the Passionfruit this year! I love the Passionfruit flower in all its stages.
My Jane McGrath rose is looking beautiful as always!
The lovely white Salvia that a friend gave me has bloomed over summer. It was a spindly little cutting when it arrived on my doorstep but now it is dominating my little flower patch.
The fuschia pink Salvia that I planted in September after my trip to the Garden Centre has thrived with all the rain. There is quite a bit to do in the garden, dead-heading and pulling out the weeds, a never-ending job. I love all the colour that my little patch provides me and my family. I’m looking forward to the fruits of mainly my hubby’s labour when the bananas and passionfruit are ready!
Until next time.
On my walk back from school, I am fortunate to go past some lovely Gum trees with sumptious tree bark. I love tree bark for it has beautiful texture and colours.
I think the texture of bark has always amazed me since I was a teenager and I started looking at the world around me in a new way! I would wonder how can I use it as inspiration in my textile work! I would start trying to come up with ways of replicating it with paper, wax and fabric.
They are just so textural!! My high school textiles teacher’s enthusiasm for texture has given me a life long love!
I see new ideas every time I walk past this series of trees!
I’m not sure what the name of this tree is but the colour of these berries and seedpods are divine especially against the greens of the trees and the brilliant blue sky!
This beautiful Magnolia flower has just started to bloom near by, it is so stylish and classic!
When I got home, I collected the eggs from our chickens and sat down to have a lovely cup of tea and to think about all the work I need to get on with today.
Until next time.
The weather is really starting to feel more like summer than spring. The heat has really hit me this week!
The jacarandas are starting to lose some of their bloom but I thought I would get a few more photos of their decadent colour before any storms decide to hit and send their beauty cascading to the purple carpet beneath!
I really can’t get enough of the purple blooms, they make me smile everytime I see them!
It’s such a lovely time to visit Brisbane.
This week, I have been doing some dead heading of my geraniums.
Once I had a whole posy worth in my hand, I noticed the delicate, subtle, lovely colours- beige, pinky beige and berry tones.
The Lilipilly trees in my back garden are starting to flower. The tiny little flowers remind me of fireworks bursting into the sky.
The Pelegoniums in my terracotta pot are starting to put on a show of colour! The garden is constantly changing even though in my mind, I feel it stays the same.
Until next time!
From about the 10th of the month, I start getting excited when I visit my local newsagent. Is it there..? No. Next time I go shopping, is it there..? No. Yesterday, I went in and my heart skipped a beat, it was there!! The next edition of the UK edition of Country Living.
Over here in Oz, we are a month behind on the UK issue but I don’t mind that I am reading all about September. It is one of my little slices of home!
I love sitting down on my rocking chair to read my new glossy covered magazine, reading about life in the English countryside.
I am trying to make my little part of Queensland as English Cottage garden as I can! It’s a hard task when our summers are hot and we have to look after what little water we have.
My “Jane McGrath” climbing rose is beautiful, it has a delicate pink flower and it loves the position it’s in, in my garden. It is drought-tolerent now it is established and it rambles over some stakes in a corner of my garden with red Geraniums joining it with real country style.
The Salvias I bought a few weeks ago are settling into my garden very well.
Tomatoes are good at sprouting wherever they fancy in my garden!
I love vegetables growing along side flowers. The bright red spots next to large pink circles of geraniums.
There are also yellow tomatoes growing as well. My Little Lady loves tomatoes, she eats them like most children would eat sweets!
I will go and soak up some English style with my magazine until next time.
School holidays are a time for taking it easy a bit! We’ve been able to enjoy leisurely days. My Little Lady has been busy with her loom bands.
One of her friends showed her how to attach beads into a loom band design.
Since then she has been very quiet concentrating on her bead loom band bracelets.
It’s great for practising fine motor skills!
My Ideas Man and I have enjoyed some games of Checkers. I used to love playing this game as a girl so I was delighted when we inherited an old style board. Games are always very close! His strategy is improving!!
I’ve had a few opportunities to do some of my Suffolk Puff quilt. It is still a long way off to being completed which I am glad about. I am enjoying seeing it in progress, I’m not ready for it to be finished yet.
The colours are looking so fresh!
It is lovely sewing my quilt whilst being surrounded by colour in my garden and watching my little ones play.
My very kind neighbour gave me some cuttings off her Geranium plants in exchange for some off my plants! So, I am going to have plenty to water and watch grow!
Until next time.
This beautiful morning, I took a trip to my local garden centre with my Mum-in-law. I wanted to find a few new plants for my front garden. I was met with a such a splash of colour!
Sunshine yellow, oranges, pinks, purples and reds!
I love geraniums and pelargoniums as they are so easy to look after and have a glorious splash of colour!
In the end, I decided on two different types of Salvias. I have found that Salvias are drought-tolerant, which is important in the harsh Queensland sun and yet have an English cottage garden feel about them. I’m looking forward to getting my plants into my garden bed and watching them grow.
Until next time.