Garden snaps

Just a few snaps of what’s happening in the garden right now….lemons, flowers etc. The white and yellow Gordonia tree (related to camellias) is starting to flower…it’s sometimes called the fried egg tree!

 

Flowers from the garden

I’m enjoying the arrival of the autumn flowers at the moment, so I’d like to show you some from our garden…always amazing…the rich purple of the heliotrope, the crazy double flower of the zygocactus, the weird shiny bronze coloured hibiscus, and of course so many different camellias. Love this garden! It surprises me continually!

Another little painting

Finished another painting yesterday…a very tiny one. I’ve called it “Profusion”, as an expression of the abundant growth here on the mountain. There’s a lot of movement in this work, and this also expresses the energy of growth. The red/orange background colour is very similar to the colour of the earth in my garden. Greens and yellows echo the local plant life which has a grand lushness to it.

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“Profusion”  26x20cm  $330

Winter days

Here in sub tropical Australia we have wonderful winter days….mostly fine and with blue skies…morning temps a bit cool, but generally a great time of year. I’m just sharing with you a couple of pics; flowering grevilleas in the backyard, and our art/companion dog Jasper strolling in the nasturtiums. Happy!

Artwork of the month, “Water Lilies”

This month I’ve chosen one of the famed Water lilies series by Claude Monet. He painted many works of his beautiful lily pond and all are very renowned. The colour is rich and brushstrokes impressionistic in this lovely rendition. And the dates of these works are approximate….this one was executed between 1918 and 1925. It’s hard to select a particular piece as they’re all wonderful! I simply enjoy it’s beauty and find inspiration.

Water-lilies

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

My little rockery loves summer

Happy new year to you all! Am glad to say that my small rockery garden is looking very happy too after some good rain…took these pics this morning to show you all. Some things have even self seeded, such as marigolds and rocket. Very pleased. Hope 2016 treats you well.

little rockery 1

Parsley, basil and goddesses

Close up of the herbs

Herbs, close up

Herbs and snappies

View of the herb clump

Picked from the garden

Things are flowering in my little garden.…so I picked a tiny posey. The yellow snapdragon actually has a perfume…never smelled that before in a snappy. The other yellow flowers are native Australian paper daisies.

Flowers picked from my garden

From the garden

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.

Garden progress

Our little garden has gone quite well over winter. I’ve been using lettuce, (just picked and ate a lovely salad with brown mignonette…yum) and am harvesting the broccolini now. The herbs are doing well, and the flowers too. Been preparing and expanding the area in readiness for spring and summer crops of tomato, cucumber and zucchini, as well as more lettuce, basil and rocket. I’ll plant warrigal greens soon which is an indigenous plant good in stir fries, soups etc. and also some borage seeds. Soon the rocket and basil seeds will be collected and sown into seedling mix. It’s lots of fun, even if sometimes hard work.

Possum appears

Found our marauding possum up the neighbours camellia tree yesterday. He looked a bit out of it, probably due to daylight hours. I think his health is ok. I’m guessing this is the guy that’s been messing with the veggie patch…although not since the mesh has been over the top. He’s a young adult Ringtail possum. We have two species here in Brisbane; the Ringtail and the Brushtail. Both are quite appealing in their cuteness. I took a couple of pics.