I've been thoroughly entertained this past month with visits from these guys.
King Parrots are visiting. The two ballerina apple trees just off the back veranda are looking a little worse for the visits and it's lucky I wasn't planning on harvesting a crop, they've just about done it for me!
They were very entertaining last night with three vying for position on the one tree and the young one above perched off to the side waiting to be fed.
I guess they'll move on in the next few days once the apples are gone and then I might be able to get a little stitching done.
It must be spring, the days are warmer and my enthusiasm for gardening has returned. There's an awful lot to do. Today I decided to forget about all the weeding and pruning and visit a nursery. It was a quick visit but I still managed to come home with these new plants.
The parsley, mint and lettuce will go into pots at the back door where I can't forget them (fingers crossed). The succulents will be mixed in with other potted succulents. There was a time when I avoided low maintenance plants, now they're the first ones I look at.
It's been ages since I felt motivated to do a bit of gardening and the weather over the weekend was perfect for it. I thought I would tidy up a section out the back and very quickly realised it was going to take a lot longer than the afternoon I'd allocated to it. All I've succeeded in doing is creating big piles of garden waste.
It wasn't all work I did find time to enjoy these blooms.
Can't rembember this ones name.
Camellia Sasanqua - 'Setsugekka'
I had to look this one up!
The French Lavender growing under my clothes line.
This weekend Thurgoona Park was open to the public as part of Open Gardens Australia. I was very excited when I read Edna Walling had designed a section of the garden. I love her use of stone walls and the natural flow between the house and garden.
This tree is magnificent.
I loved this path the best - it begs to be explored!
I've seen paw prints in old bricks but not this diamond shape.
Living in town I feel very lucky having a little piece of bush within easy walking distance of my home. In fact I get to walk along this track most days. With the sun shining and wattle in full bloom it looks quite spectaular.
I hope this inspires you to head out doors for a walk in the sunshine!
These days I have very little time for gardening, so any plant that can look after itself is a winner.
That's why I love these succulents. I've seen it called various things but 'Poor Man's Daphne' .....How rude! It grows in too smaller pots, undernourished, in the baking northern sun or shade (like these), and survives my intermittent watering regime in the middle of summer. Most times I only remember when I notice the leaves are starting to shrivel. O.K. so it doesn't have the heady scent of daphne but it does forgive my neglectfulness unlike my struggling daphne plants.
More of the gum tree came down on the weekend. Obviously it had been weakened from the storm 3 weeks ago. The rose, which use to cover the arch, is looking very sad! It's hard to see what's left of it.
I'm grateful this is a relatively small gum tree and not massive like my neighbours. My whole tree is equivalent to one of their branches!
Look at my new lunch bag. Sue made it for me, using the Christmas Treats pattern and stitching 'My Sandwich Bag on the pocket. I love it. The serviette gave me a good a giggle. It read 'Swimming at our age is dangerous, the lifeguards don't try so hard'.
If you love reading blogs here is a new one to add to the list. Sue-Anne (yes, one of the Friday Girls, has started a blog Buddy & Me. There will be many gorgeous quilts and other treats to inspire....