The sun shining through..
We've been having some dismal winter's days, so it was lovely to see some sun
shining through. Photo taken from the front balcony.
Campanula, Lachenalia and the winter iris Unguicularis Cretensis from the borders of the rose garden. Have to be careful where I walk when rose pruning!
The tricolor lachenalia aren't the easiest to photograph and the campanula are so tiny.. the iris I saved from the snails,
they get nearly every bloom. We can't use snail bait in the
garden when we have Flossie. I often do a morning tour around susceptible plants looking for snails when we've had a rainy night.
Dick's vegetable patch in winter
A quiet time and the patch is having a rest. Recently it has been cultivated and some
fertilisers and other adjustments made to the soil getting it ready to be planted up
with summer crops of tomatoes, zucchini, aubergine, chilli, basil and capsicum. When
the family lived at home there would have been a winter crop as well, but with only
two of us there is no more need. You can see some asparagus ferns that he hasn't
chopped back and up the top of the patch but not in this photo are a few herbs.
Pink Spider Flower
Grevillea pinaster - I believe. Planted by Dick and he doesn't keep a record like I do.
We have had several different grevilleas growing here over the years.. and there are a few in flower right now growing in various parts of the garden.
Euryops pectinatus that grows in what was supposed to be an extension rose bed, but
was too close to a huge pine tree that the roses didn't like. Instead we've been changing
it over to perennials and small shrubs, though there is still a handful of roses surviving
there. This daisy is growing next to tall yellow iris but continues to bloom the
whole year round. The iris don't flower at this time of year, they wait for the warmer days.
The Little Fisher Girl
Alongside one of our Viburnum tinus Laurestinus just coming back into flower.
Young gelding enjoying the grasses
Young Merlin, who is now a gelding having time our side of the fence, though he's not to keen
to be by himself..
This rose was brought to Europe from China, initiating the great revolution in rose breeding by introducing the repeat-flowering
factor into once-flowering old European roses. I rarely prune this rose, just remove any dead wood and that is all.
Its a small shrubby bush with an exceptionally long flowering season. It is said to
be the rose in the old song 'Last Rose of Summer'
Late sun on the grasses..
A slight change of colour as the sun sinks in the west.
Gateway between neighbours
Next door's horses line up near this gate at a certain time of the day when 2 pairs of
horses change paddocks. A pair of mares and a pair of geldings.
Two come our side and the other two return to their home paddock.
Dick misses having horses of his own and enjoys
having a wander to spend some time with whichever group come our side of the fence.
View where our dam is
Surrounded by native vegetation all planted by Dick back in the days when he grew
natives for the organisation called "Trees for Life"... there were always trees left
over, although not native to our area, they still grew well. You can just work
out where our dam is hiding there though you can't see much water. One of next doors
horses is featured having a wander and an eat.
I have pruned about 100 roses, another 400 to go.
Tecoma capensis. I planted this about 40 years ago in a rather tricky and acute
corner of the mini arboretum. It is now quite a decent sized shrub which fills the corner and is quite tall as well.
It is quite safe to go and check it out during the winter when
it isn't snake season down under.