Acacia Baileyana; always in flower during July in our winter. Declared a weed locally because it really belongs to the east coast of Oz.
A fast growing tree that has a short lifespan of about 7 years. We have a few growing here, all self-sown from seed carried by the birds.
The big splash of yellow gold is very welcome when nothing much is in flower.
The next to bloom will be the almond blossom - none growing in our garden, but plenty growing locally.
The late afternoon light catching the bark on the trees
The disappearing sunlight
As the sun starts slipping off to the west the shadows sweep over the landscape.
Waiting to be trimmed...
Climbing over the archway is the thorny rose called "New Dawn". considering we gave
it a hard prune last year, here it is again waiting for its yearly trim.
Late afternoon in the sunshine.
Unguicularis Cretensis.. I was so surprised to find the iris had a few blooms on
my daily morning walk yesterday that I just had to take a photo. This is when I
really miss my Tamron lens for close work! Instead I had a play around with the image.
Normally the iris needs to have the fronds reduced or the little flowers get lost
among the leaves.
Lining up along the fenceline.
These were planted by the neighbours at the time, the second family to live next door
to us. We now have a third family, this time with horses - that suits our timing rather
well. We share our paddocks with them as Dick gave up livestock about 5 years ago.
Notice the lovely green following some wonderful rains we've recently had.
Trellis among the rose bushes.
I hang a few pots here so I can have some colour when the roses are hibernating.
It is pruning time now, but I'm still recovering from a gastric lurgy, only half going.
The next batch of roses for pruning are where we have hundreds of bluebells which will
be coming up very soon. NB the "firewheel" tree is a flower high centre right.. its a blazing red.
Another from the back balcony.
My Plant Nursery
I have two of these in a row... this one holds the cuttings that have progressed to
a stage of being found a place in the garden... the other one holds plants that are
still developing and have a shadier spot. Behind the row of plants is the pathway
to the "round yard" where Dick used to exercise his horses.
An opened "Pinkie"
Good to see a climbing rose that repeats in the autumn... that's what "Pinkie" is doing right now.. and the blooms aren't
spoiled by the consistent rain we've been and still are having... day after day. The rain is making up for the 4 months without any.
A cultivar that is a hybrid of our native Correa (wildflower) that is abundantly in bloom right now.
Many of our native flowers bloom in winter, this one starts flowering in autumn and keeps on going through winter and into spring.
We have a handful of different Correas growing, and a new one recently planted is a pale pink. I have yet to take a photo of the new plant..
it is still quite tiny. Correas can get to quite a size spreading into a rather large plant, and very easy to grow in our area.
They grow easily from cuttings, and I've managed to grow them myself.