Eucalyptus sideroxylon is a very attractive tree with brown/black bark and in flower
at this time of year. We are surprised so many bloom right now, the parrots & honeyeaters are
having a field day choosing which tree feast on. At the base of each tree there is
a carpet of fallen blooms & twigs creating quite a carpet.
A magnificent old climbing rose, an old noisette that climbs onto the roof of the gazebo,
the only time I can get a photo is when I have the long lens on my camera.
Reve d'Or, or dream of gold is a very apt name for the rose. It flowers throughout the entire year in our garden.
You can see clusters of rose hips from the rose I featured yesterday.
When we did some maintenance on the gazebo a couple of years ago, Reve d'Or was severely cut back,
but it recovered quickly and again climbed back onto the roof in no time at all.
From the year 1869 and bred in France.
Rosehips in late afternoon sunlight
These belong to 'Francis E. Lester', a vigorous climbing rose with pliable canes that
I am training around the rim of the gazebo roof. The rose only flowers in spring
but hundreds of tiny hips follow and are very attractive when nothing much else
is happening in the rose garden.
The flowers are single white flushed pink around the edges of the petals and blend in with other climbers on the gazebo.
Fresh grass and shadows
Lovely to see green everywhere again after some lovely rains. This is one of the
small horse paddocks alongside the rose garden.
In a hanging basket... I first tried growing this in the garden but it didn't thrive
so replaced it
and instead moved it into a basket where it hasn't looked back,
blooming on and on.
The falling leaves
Our Golden Elm tree is thinning out fast right now... but this little group were hanging in there for a photo.
A view from the Gazebo in autumn
A little easier to get a photo now that some leaves have fallen from the climbing
rose that drapes the north side of the gazebo, and on a delightful sunny day.
When we planted this tree I hoped it would cast a shadow on the wall of the house, and
I noticed yesterday there was a very clear shadow.
The tree is a Hymenosporum, or Native Frangipani.
The tree blooms in November, the flowers open a creamy ivory and become a butterscotch gold,
often both colours are on the tree at the same time. The fragrance
penetrates the entire garden and house and is a delight!
A climbing rose on the gazebo coming back into bloom at the end of our autumn.
Viola time of the year
I replaced the portulacas from 3 pots and 1 hanging basket with violas to take us through the rest of autumn/winter/spring, and here's just one of them.
Unfortunately I came down with a dose of gastro yesterday... hopefully on the mend today.
Souvenir de St. Anne's
A tall upright shrub rose with the longest flowering season of all the roses in
my garden. The blooms look delicate, but they can withstand rain and don't spoil
like the parent rose Souv de la Malmaison does. I have both next to each other
in the garden. St. Anne's was a property of Lady Ardilaun near Dublin where this
rose was discovered, a sport from the original. A lovely fragrance.. A Bourbon
rose dating from 1950.
"Gruss an Aachen"
This is my favourite rose in my garden... it doesn't need pampering and flowers in
tough conditions like the drought of 3 months we've had.. the first sprinkle of rain
and buds appeared. It also has another name "Salut d'Aix la Chapelle" My little
shrub grows behind a plank seat on the edge of a pathway in the oldest part of
the rose garden, its a neat looking compact shrub and if and when we have to shift
from here I'm planning on growing a whole row of these. There is a fragrance...
This one comes fro Germany and has been around since 1909.