Monday, April 3, 2017

APRIL arrived with cyclonic winds and lots of rain.

Early morning in the garden.

It is always hands on in this garden. Still needs a lot of cleanup from the last storm. 

I have also ordered a few new - old Tea roses,  as some of my roses had their swansong last year. They will be delivered at the beginning of June.

General Gallieni; Old Fashioned fragrant Tea  rose from 1899. It needs a frostfree position and will  produce blooms all year round. Happy in sun or shade, cupped fragrant flowers are a coppery red blend of salmon, apricot, pink, yellow and maroon. Olive green foliage. Height : 1.2m

Amelia Anderson; a pillar Tea Rose. Lightly scented, creamy – mauve to pink. Classic buds open to very full blooms with a muddled peony like centre. Recurrent. 2.5m x 1.2m.

Jean Ducher;  an elegant old tea rose; 1873, shrub, continuous flowering, scented, tolerates small amount of shade, some thorns, . Soft peachy-pink blooms

Marie Van Houtte; 1871
 large, globular flowers of lemon yellow, deeper in the center, with pinkish lilac suffusing the tips of the petals. Its dark, shiny  foliage is a good foil to the light flowers. 

St.Francis Xavier;

Rosette Delizy; 1922
 reaching no more than 1.2m  perfect for the smaller garden or pots.. The strongly colored roses have centers of ocher yellow with outer petals of carmine in a neat and shapely form. The flowers have a typical Tea fragrance and are produced with satisfying regularity.

Perle des Jardins; 1874

90x60 cm, warm climate, pots, fragrant, repeat flowering

Bishop’s Lodge Riverina Sunset, a lovely, Tea Rose, pink watercolour quality in its blooms and suggests the airy, pink light in the Riverina plains at the end of a beautiful day. Very recurrent. 1.2m x 1.2m.

Riverina Sunset; 


A new lease of life after pruning and some TLC for the roses.

These hardy Salvia plants have flowered through the hot, dry summer and it seems they do not want to stop. I give them a haircut from time to time, a bit of organic fertilizer, like mulch and a little water and off they go and do their flowering stuff on and on.
The pink one I received as a cutting and I am not sure of its name, as there are so many similar ones. 
The blue/purplish Salvia is known under the odd and awkward name of Mystic Towers.


Autumn in the subtropics is not a good bye to flowers or a welcome to rust flecked leaves. It is like a rehearsal of another spring, especially when the rain gods had a change of mind with their magic wand, plants get a new lease of life, show their lust for life and continue to flourish like their was no change of season. Autumn in the subtropics is welcome with its softer sunlight, its cooler nights and lets wear woolly socks as the spoiled for heat shiver in the slightest breeze. Ts

This part of the back garden was nearly dead this summer as it was so dried out, now in autumn after the rain it got a new lease of life. Tall tropical Salvia and Brillantaisia shrub can not wait to show of  soon their best flowers in colours of purple and pink.

When Mrs Bolton, Azalea/Rhododendron cross shows her best side I know it is the season called autumn.

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, Flapjack, Paddle plant, 
desert cabbage, it thrives under the most funny names. It is just about to flower. I love its mealy appearance, big, bold leaves red around the rim, intensified in the cool season. 

I hope you enjoy the plants photographed yesterday. 


A beautiful Autumn day.

Diversity in the garden. Plants can live happily together.

Native Palms Bangalow and Alexandra Palm leaves mingle with a tall  growing Hibiscus schizopetalus with its attractive red flowers and different coloured leaves of  climbing Philodendron. I enjoy how easily plants in general fit together without planning. Ts

April is colourful, it sparkles  with pink and golden yellow, purple, blue and hues in between. Sure the days are getting shorter, the heat and humidity are dismissed to make  working in the garden very agreeable. Some plants have outgrown their welcome an d need pruning for next spring. Some plants say goodbye and leave some seed for their rebirth. Glossy foliage turns dull before returning to earth, Flower petals  artistically  carpet the place where they have spend  their glory days in summer. What has flourished slowly integrates into the earth again to nourish the next generations of plants. Fragments of fading light highlight leaves, buds and flowers until early darkness enfolds the garden into its nightly caress. Ts

Tall, tropical Salvia Pink Iceicle

This Salvia may soar over 2 m tall, in its build-up to its autumn/winter blooming period.  Its flowers of soft pink not that often seen in Salvias. An involucrata-type plant, it was a seedling discovered in Australia. It likes to grow in a sunny position. Prune it back after flowering in late winter and fertilize at the same time. It might be beneficial to also prune back hard in early summer to control its size. Propagate from cuttings taken in spring or autumn.

Abutilon x hybridum – Pink (Flowering Maple / Chinese Lantern). Exotic large shrub that has
pink flowers which occur All Year It has green foliage and prefers a part-full sun position in a general soil. Height:1.8 to 2 Width:1 to 1.5.
Much loved by honey eaters in my own garden.

Camelia sasanqua, tiny single petals. It is the first Camellia to flower in my garden together with Camellia setsugekko, single white flowers. Sasanquas are really easy to grow. They grow in clay and are never watered besides rain. S. can be grown in full sun. Mine are in dappled shade under tall trees. 

Tropical Salvia  like Pink Iceicle. 

Tropical Salvia Madrensis.

Pineapple Salvia /gladioly

Ruellia squarrosa

Self seeding Chia/Salvia


Oh, so pretty, old China Rose "Old Blush"
has slept more or less over the hot, humid  and very dry summer.
Now it has recovered and the bush is full of petite, double flowers, each bud opens to a little treasure with a fine fragrance and subtle water colours.


Pots are part of any garden, filled with some favoured plants or empty, perhaps ready for something new. I don't like plastic pots I prefer terracotta.

Geraniums love the cooler season. They languish in the hot and humid summer. 

The pretty new growth of a succulent called "donkey ears" Kalanchoe gastonis bonnierii.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. 

William Shakespeare
 Who could ever say something so positive and nice, better than the great thinker and poet W.S.


quickly a few more April pictures

No one will argue that our native flora is absolutely special and beautiful. Callistemon/Bottlebrushes.

Always liked the easy going and always good looking Tree aloe. 

Behind another one with very fleshy and spiny leaves, already in flower.

continues tomorrow...see you around...😃

©Photos/Text Ts #mygarden

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March, in- and around the garden.

March means the start of autumn. Today is the second and we were promised a week of rain. The sky is sky blue, still hot but in the early morning is this tinge of coolness..ahh. Our gardener/helper Calvin is here and does a lot of hard yakka, pruning and cutting down some trees which are shading our new solar panel to open and close the gate automatically. Later I will plant some low growing grevillias, food for birds, insects and mammals alike, to compensate for the trees who unfortunately had to be cut.


The gate operates with  sun power. A few trees had to be cut out to let enough sun onto the panel to charge the battery.

Ready to plant  a few low growing shrubs.

They all can stay!

The very beautiful Banksia , empty seed pod. In time I will find seedlings .


   The most wonderful gifts of nature Fruit

Persimmon, always looking forward to the harvest, I love their squishy sweetness.

Nothing compares to home grown Bananas.

Plants, the tough ones prevail...rain or shine

Groundcover Evolvolus.

Salvia blue Peru, a favourite

Pretty, white Buddleia

Fine blue Tradescantia pallida.

...and the sweet lollipops,  Catharanthus,
 All these plants are growing and flowering now in the very dry drive way/butterfly garden. Never hand watered just live on the sparse rain they received this summer.

Sunday, 12/03/2017

I am preparing the roses for their next flowering period autumn/winter. Above a carpet rose, flowering nearly all year round. Many are growing in big pots.  Once a year they need special care, pruning,  some fresh soil. fertilizer, mulch, and wow for their hardiness.

I heart colourful leaves, like here on Cordylines, they are a must have in my garden.

Bowls with marbles, for bees to land to get  water.

Sunday, is still very special to me, I have never grown out of liking this special day mankind has made up to enjoy and cherish.

Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

14/03/2017 Tuesday


Bouquets from my herb garden

Garlic chives

My friend Epicurus 340-270 BC---- Letter to Menoeceus.

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more. Therefore, both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom, the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come. So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it.


The days pass quickly and we are nearly at the end of the first month of autumn. We also have received a lot of rain so far more than 300 mm and it is still raining intermittently.

Fungi have the time of their life fungi garden is flourishing in the constant rain.

Beautiful shelf fungi and ...

all sorts of fern spores deposited a long time ago are starting to show signs of life.

They are all freebies, and I hope they will grow into adult life.

Some orchids like to flower now...

and I am waiting for the first lemons to ripen.

The beautiful Angel Trumpets, Brugmansia is again in full flower, their exquisite  fragrance reawakens when the sun goes down.

Henry David  Thoreau said: “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”  

 I may say:" I agree.


March has been and gone. Left with a big bang; the stinging end tail of cyclone Debbie. She was an angry one  rushing down from  the  far North with winds up 125 km thrashing and raining for a day and a night. Now the sky is blue the rain has drained more or less and Debbie has disappeared to the South. If the garden was  not  a big mess it would be like nothing had happened, at least around our place, other areas have a sadder story to tell.

Lagerstroemia grandiflora took a battering.

Taking leave with a few pictures from this month. Early morning sun illuminating  trees  snd palms in  the garden.

Kookaburra triplets born not that long ago in my neighbour's garden are hanging around here.

©Photos/ Text Ts

Hopefully I see you all in my April garden.

©Photos/ Text Ts