Opened on Mother's Day
Great timing for this rose to open on Mother's Day, and for me to be able
to photograph it with good lighting - these dark reds are so hard to get
the colour right! A partly overcast day with the shadows going the right
way and the opportunity. This rose was chosen for me to add to my garden
by a rose friend (Roger Mann) who also writes books on roses and other gardening plants.
Although I love the flower, the bush is one that needs to be partly hidden
as it seems to be tall & leggy in my garden; that could be because of nearby native
Australian plants that grow in a wind-break.
Our replacement glory vine is turning colour right now... we lost our first vine
a few years ago, and the new vine is taking a long time to grow and take over
from our old vine, but it has more colour and I'm looking forward to how it will
look in the next few years. It is Mother's Day here today, and we have the mob
coming for a late lunch. A beautiful cool sunny day, so lucky!
Two of koala's favourite trees
Koalas like an easy tree to climb and here are two favourites, especially
for the youngsters, they really like a leaning tree. This photo taken
from the same spot as yesterday's photo pointing in a different direction.
As we have more rain the countryside greens up.
South African Daisy
Osteospermum or Veldt Daisies.. a low growing shrubby plant that is very easy
to strike from cuttings. They are so easy to grow needing not much attention
This one is an apricot shade of pink and has just started opening. I think this
one was given to me as a cutting quite recently and this could be the first
photo I've taken of this one. The blooms appear to be slightly smaller than the pink
one that I posted recently (see next).
My baskets of zygocactus (schlumbergera) are budding up to bloom, and here's
the very first one off the blocks for the year.
Old Tea Rose
This one is called "Marie van Houtte" and is a quite large spreading shrub rose
bred in France back in 1871. One of the first to bloom though she doesn't like
the hot weather any more than the more modern rose bushes. She loves the sun and
hates the rain on her fragrant blooms. In our autumn she becomes more and more
pink as she ages.
The rose called "Honey Bouquet"
A handful of my roses have started blooming, and this is one of them.
Growing taller than I expected this bush to grow, I rather like the
deep golden honey colour of the rose.
Hemerocallis, the day lily in flower, and only lasting a day as the name
describes. This one is a miniature that dies down and reshoots when the
right time arrives. We have to irrigate our day lilies throughout the
summer months just to keep them alive; hence we only have one patch growing
along the edges of one of our rose beds and have to keep an eye on them
to make sure they aren't suffering during our heat waves.
BEST viewed in ORIGINAL format.
Anemone 'Pamina' sharing a pot with a tall growing fuchsia and just coming
into flower late April.
The first signs of green
The days of the brown hills are numbered since we had a lovely drop of rain
about a week ago. Also up are the WEEDS in the garden and you should have
heard the moan from Dick when I pointed them out to him :) A cool change
has arrived and we're hoping that is the end of the heat waves we've been
having during April. All the dams are very low and in need of more rain to follow.