It will be…

a few months more…

before we see these first signs…

of Spring Down Under.

 At the moment we are seeing autumnal colours

as some foliage lose its spring, summer colour

and plants prepare for the colder winter months.


Thursday’s Special: Vernal

Floral Friday-16-1908


Floral Friday Challenge.


In September 2013 I posted this photo of

our north garden bed and our

newly planted cactus/succulents…

whatever you like to call them.


At the top, just before the limelight acacia

is a very small cactus plant.


Today it sports flower like leaves…


and is about 80 cm in diameter.

I haven’t measured it properly,

however each paver is 40 x 40 cm.

Near enough, I say!


Floral Friday

Floral Friday




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Floral Friday Challenge.


The first sign of Spring.


According to my Father when the

Cootamundra and Golden Wattle trees (Acacias)…


began to bloom it was a sure sign that…


 spring was just around the corner.


This Cootamundra is at its best.

In a few years it will begin to lose branches

and need to be replaced when many other trees

are just beginning to mature.

wattle_0053At this stage and without inclement weather

they will be spectacular for a few weeks.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday




Thursday in Colour!

Today’s post is at the request of Tish Farrell who asked could I show my Black and White Tuesday (garden) photos in colour.



So I thought, Why not? The photos were taken in colour, after all.



Our little Japanese Temple is backed by an Australian Native, Acacia Limelight. The Limelight comes in two sizes. This is the smaller version while the larger version is about 1.5 mtr diameter by 80 cm high. The foliage remains a bright green all year round, however this one is to be removed soon as they are too dirty to plant above pebbles.


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We discovered this the hard way! The Limelight is also a plant which only looks good on the outside….lifting any of those lovely green branches reveals dead leaves.

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Based on gardening books about Japanese gradens we carefully raked gravel in waving patterns, if I remember correctly. These looked ‘nice’ for about thirty seconds. Then thirty five kilograms of golden Labrador walked over to the bowl for a look and a drink! So endeth a good idea!


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Even for someone with red-green colour vision loss, these dwarf bamboo plants are a great foil to the acacia. I inferred that the bamboo were Australian natives on Tuesday. Where are all the gardeners? Google set me straight. The bamboo is listed as a weed in eastern Australia with China and Japan given credit as its home base.

In the foreground of the last Photo IS an Australian native. A dwarf Pittosporum “Golf Ball” which needs pruning to bring it back to golf ball size.

The camellias are just beginning to bloom and I will post photos on Friday.


Black and White Tuesday: Bridges

For my first entry into the Black and White Tuesday Challenge – Bridges – I chose to depict a ‘bridge’ between cultures.

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Our small Japanese Garden has been created using mostly Australian Native plus one African Native – the Euphorbia – just visible in the lower left corner.


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Our small temple is backed by an Australian Acacia and a small growing Australian native bamboo in the foreground.




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In the foreground is an Australian Pittosporum Golfball (Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’).  Our dwarf acacia behind the temple is complemented by some small native bamboo plants.

Two potted Camellias are just coming into flower.

Google gives credit to China and Japan for the Camellia. I would have though Japan.

In Black and White the garden takes on a different look than the coloured version.  I hope to include a couple of photos of the camellias later in the week.


Sonel’s Corner ~ Black and White Tuesday

RestlessJo ~ Black and White Tuesday

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