Petunias blooming, garden replanted

Now that spring is definitely in the air, it’s been time to get out into the garden and plant some spring/summer seedlings. The days have been a little warmer and also the evenings but we never experience anything too cold here in Brisbane….it’s a sub-tropical climate. I planted petunias in late autumn, and they were a bit sluggish but now with some warmth they’re flowering away with an incredible deep purple shade in double blooms…so spectacular. Replanting today, in the main veggie/herb garden should see some cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchinis for summer as well as a few lettuce again. I’ve sown seeds from the old basil, and put in little radish and borage seeds. Brand new marigolds will have to be planted as the old ones are coming to an end. It’s marvellous to get out into the garden on a pleasant sunny day, and enjoy a bit of physical labour. The bees are happy about the garden too, and have been seen on all the flowering plants, so I’m happy about that….always good to see bees and other insects. Things generally manage to balance themselves out with pests being eaten by other insects and birds. Taken a few pics for your enjoyment.

Day out at Beechmont

Took a little day trip on Wednesday, to Beechmont mountain, about an hours drive south of Brisbane, Qld. It was a beautiful winter’s day, but not too cold….the air can be a bit crisper up mountains. We stopped at Rosin’s lookout, the hang and para glider’s take off spot. A couple were waiting for a favourable wind, but to no avail. Remarkable views can be had from this location, of Woollumbin (Mt Warning in NSW), Springbrook, Lamington Plateau and Numinbah Valley. We took some¬†photos and sat down to relax and enjoy the stillness, quiet, and apart from an occasional passing vehicle we only heard the local rainforest birds…..wonderful to have one’s ears unassailed by city noise. I miss the quiet of living in the country. It’s one of the many healthy benefits and a simple enjoyment that many people don’t bother to experience anymore. We all need more quietness in our lives. We also stopped at Denham Scenic Reserve, which I didn’t know existed till looking on google maps. It’s a very pleasing place, preserved and cared for by the local Landcare group. There’s a lovely creek, quite wild in places, which can be crossed and then a track is followed. We only ventured a short way, but next time plan to walk to the end. I suspect there’s a waterfall to be seen. Walking near rainforest creeks is really refreshing for the soul, and mind. Here’s a few pics from that area.