Friday Flower Festival – Mock Orange

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Just had to photograph our Mock Orange last weekend.

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It has been in flower for several weeks now and is located right by our electricity meter…

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…which I read each night to record the amount of solar power returned to the grid. As I brush against he bush I am engulfed by the gorgeous aroma emitted by Mock Orange.

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The Daphne bush, in front of Mock Orange is surviving and does flower, but is not in the same league as its showy neighbour. However, there is likely to be a severe ‘haircut’ when flowers fade…..and daphne is not going to be the victim!

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Friday Flower Festival – Daisy

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Early this week I took a wander around our garden to photograph some early winter blooms.

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This week I focussed on daisies which are getting ready to bloom in earnest.

I have difficulty seeing shades of red among green. I hope this daisy is as visible as I think it should be.

 

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In a few weeks these plants will be covered in bloom brightening the winter gloom.

 

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My favourite.

However, I can see yellow quite clearly and for that reason it is my favourite this week.

A nice drop of ‘sunshine’ to remind us of warmer days.

 

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Friday Flower Festival – Agapanthus

Until around 25 years ago I do not think that I had seen, or at least retained a memory of, an agapanthus.  

All that changed when MGW and I purchased an old rambling 1920s home with an equally old and rambling garden.   

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We had agapanthus growing everywhere, courtesy of the previous owners.

 These are some of the plants that travelled to a new home with us.  

Google tells me they are Lily-Of-The-Nile, agapanthus.

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Since our move we have noticed newer varieties being sold and are in the process of establishing some of them in our garden.  

The purple variety, in the background is the one we refer to as the ‘Black Aggie’.  

Nurseries and Google know it as  the Black Pantha, agapanthus.

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My favourite.

The Black Pantha agapanthus has spectacular deep purple colouring which is a gorgeous contrast to the blue agapanthus.

In another part of the garden there are some Queen Mum agapanthus.

The Queen Mum’s should produce decent blooms next spring and summer.

The Queen Mum petals which has dual-toned flower heads with  are predominately white flower heads which transition gracefully from a purple base to a white tip.

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Flower Friday – Frosty

About a week or so back we had a few frosts which turned the ground white.  While taking a few photos of the frost I noticed that some of our plants still had, or are just beginning to come into bloom.

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With joints aching from cold weather and all other things associate with one’s seventh decade, I managed to snap a few images which I thought would brighten my winter.

Also interesting to read on some blogs that the northern hemisphere summer commenced on June 21(ish).  That was when the seasons began/ended, on the solstice/equinox when I was at school.  Somewhere along the line Australian media hijacked the seasons and we have had a month of winter, already!

Hope you enjoy.

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