flowers

I had to spend a week in the Toowoomba region lately, so I shared the time between two national parks. I wasn’t really sightseeing, as I had to work, but I prefer a bush setting for my solar powered camper/office.  Crows Nest National Park is about 50 km up the New England Highway from Toowoomba. […]

The resident macropods have killed all my roses bushes by their perseverance in eating every shoot or bud that dares to peek through the sad grey wood of the remnants. But they do not eat bulb leaves or flowers. I don’t know why, but I am very, very grateful, because each winter I am treated […]

The leaves have fallen from many of my garden trees and vines, so the seed pods are spectacularly visible. This White Cedar tree is a rare deciduous native, Melia Azedarach, often called Persian Lilac for its flowers, but also Bead Tree, for the now-obvious reason. They are indigenous to my region, amongst many others. I […]

I haven’t been down close to my small dam, my waterlily world, for months, mainly because I usually come across a red-bellied black snake there. I’d only looked from a distance, as when the White-necked Heron came. Today I took the camera and went there on purpose, to see how the lilies were growing and […]

After almost a month away, I half-expected the critters to have taken over the last bit left to me, the cabin. They hadn’t, really — just the usual antechinus invasion, persistent but not escalated. The verandah wasn’t so lucky. The spiders had tied the cane chair to my dad’s coffee table, with a densely woven […]

When I wake up to a white world it’s not usually because it has snowed — although that has happened — but because a cloud has decided to descend and join me, poor earthbound being that I am. At such times the only bright colour is in close things, seen sans veil of finest white […]

Each summer these powerful plants re-shoot, sending up thick stems metres into the air in a race to the roof with the Glory Vine. I do have to tie them to the verandah railings before they become top heavy, as dozens of burgundy pods explode into these elegant blooms. Beautiful as they are in cream […]

I have now completed a lattice gate to prevent the wallabies from coming onto the verandah and eating the plants from there. A few do still come up the steps and nibble what they can reach from there, so the summer vine cover is not as advanced as it should be.   This one couldn’t […]

The walk at Lees’ Pinch Lookout in the Goulburn River National Park is only an 800m round trip. At this time of year there were more native flowers blooming than I’d see in most gardens. Fantastic rocks and sinuous young, whitely unscribbled-on Scribbly Gums formed the settings. Yellow predominated, but apart from the simple open […]

It’s still as cold as winter of a morning, but the irises are heading skywards for summer. The most proudly regal flower I know, their fistfuls of blue-green broadspears of leaves were lately joined by tall spikes of tightly furled buds, and now the topmost of these are opening. They droop their lower lips and […]

Whilst I live in the middle of 165 acres of natural bushland, a huge ‘native garden’, I appreciate my small pocket of exotic botanica, introduced plants that don’t want to go walkabout. From my desk I am treated all day to the ethereal beauty of the white wisteria on the verandah, flowering for the second […]

Beneath the new green leaves of the birch trees, the fading yellow jonquils and Erlicheers and the fresh yellow and white daffodils — whose name I’ve forgotten — quietly clump and multiply and delight each year. The iris aren’t so prolific. I was amused to see the kangaroo family choose this little grove of flowering […]

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