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!

Flowering gardens

Our Botanic gardens here in Brisbane are a beautiful sight in winter. So many things flower at this time in Australia. I thought you may enjoy some of these wonderful plants.

One for winter

Inspired by the winter flowering wattles that are iconic Australian plants, I’ve painted this energetic work which evokes both the drama of the brilliant yellow wattle blooms, and also, in contrast, the colder, windy weather of our winter season. “Winter wattle blooming” is a smaller painting of free and lively brushstrokes and vivid contrast between yellow and darker more sombre “winter” hues.

It is priced at $450(AUD)…..and loving this weather!

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“Winter wattle blooming”   51x41cm   $450

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.

Our bromeliads are flowering

Lovely to see the bromeliads with their strange bright flowers. They seem to be enjoying the cooler weather, but they are tough plants and suited to our climate which doesn’t get too cold in winter.

Garden is growing!

My little garden is showing some progress, even though the weather is cool. The flowers and herbs are enjoying it even if growth is a lot slower. I’ve had to protect the parsley and lettuce with pot covers at night due to some sort of marauder; not exactly sure what it is! But this strategy has worked fairly well. So it’s all progressing along nicely and I’m picking lettuce leaves, rocket, basil and parsley to use in cooking so I’m very happy with that. The marigolds, violas and pansies seem happy and healthy and are flowering brightly. Getting a lot of joy from this small garden, and working simply and quietly in it. Here’s a few pics, including one weird photo of the pots covering plants before evening sets in.