Snowball Tree

Snowball Tree or Guelder-Rose, botanical name Viburnum Opulus.

Grown from a cutting shared many years ago.
Prompting many special memories….

Flowers stir the memory… of loved ones no longer with us. A beautiful memorial to treasure.

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A few Citrus

Orange tree
Orange

Fresh Orange juice… delicious.
Grapefruit
Mandarin tree
Lemons
Lemon meringue pie… delicious!

Citrus are delightful in the garden, except for these little insects… the Citrus Gall Wasp, 3 mm in length, a shiny, black wasp that is native to Australia. I thought pruning the gall off was the only way, but the video below by ABC Australia introduces another way- a potato peeler!

With all the work and vigilance a garden demands, sometimes it’s nice to just “slow down and smell the citrus” 😊

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Eastern Rosella

These beautiful birds often accompany the King Parrots when they visit us and feed on the ground around them for fruits and seeds. They are quite shy and are easily disturbed. The Eastern Rosella is found in open woodlands, grasslands, farmlands and remnant bushland and is often found in urban habitats such as parks, gardens and golf courses. Eastern Rosellas mate for life. The female chooses and prepares the nesting site, usually a hollow in a eucalypt tree (but will sometimes use a nest-box or other artificial site). Eggs are laid on a decayed wood bed and the female incubates the eggs while the male regularly feeds her. Ref. https://australian.museum/learn/animals/birds/eastern-rosella/

Rosella Logo. To read the history of Rosella Australia (Est. 1895), see http://rosella.com.au/our-story/#history

Five years ago the Rosella company in Australia unveiled a new logo with the first stocks of the company’s rebadged tomato sauce. The new logo depicts the Eastern Rosella in flight. Ref. https://www.c-store.com.au/rosella-unveils-new-logo/

The Eastern Rosella can be seen feeding just below the two Crimson Rosellas.
Friends…
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Spring “Down Under”…

Inspiring joy in the heart, and a spring in our steps…

Peach blossom. Fragile beauty.
Plum blossom
Reaching high… Nectarine blossom
Rhododendron beauty
Macadamia about to flower
Nectarine blossom so pretty…
Rose tips
Magnolia starts to flower late winter
The Plum tree is one of our first fruit trees to blossom.
Peach blossom closeup
Black Mulberry new growth and young fruit
Lorikeet feeding on blossom of Red Gum
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Promise of Spring at the Lake

Ringwood Lake, Victoria, Australia.
Acacia dealbata, the silver wattleblue wattle or mimosa, is a species native to south eastern Australia.
Ref. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_dealbata
The yellow wattles are beautiful amidst the muted greens of the Australian natives.

No matter how hard the “Winter” of life may be, hold fast to the “Promise of Spring” that is given to us by our faithful and loving God.

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The Other Garden Shed – Turning the Gum tree into a Lamp

The gum tree opposite our house. Over 35 years old.
Branches pruned by local council.
Getting ready to turn.
On the lathe.
Roller steady in place on lathe.
Taking shape….
Varnish brings out the beautiful grain and colours.
Drying….
The grain is lovely!
Finished lamp.
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King Parrot Portrait

“Hello!”
I understand our feathered friend is an immature male King Parrot. The eye of the male has the identifying yellow circle of the iris. He has the orange-reddish beak with dark tip whereas the female’s beak is greyish in color.
Over 2 years the chest and head feathers will gradually change from green to the brilliant red of the adult male.
Various parrots visit our garden, but this one seems to be bonding with me 😊 He calls from the olive tree, then flies into our deck and perches close to our kitchen window… definitely for a conversation!
Handsome!
Blending…
Enjoying company…
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Winter Rose Discovery, Hellebore

Well, it’s certainly worth checking out a plant before discarding it. Some time ago there was a little plant sprouting randomly in the garden. The leaves were not familiar to me. It was kept and nurtured until 10cms growth then transplanted into it’s own pot. Now, about two years later the discovery is… a beautiful Winter Rose!

Hellebore, bravely flowerIng in winter, is also called Winter Rose, Christmas Rose (in northern hemisphere), Lenten Rose, Snow Rose and Oracle Rose.
Botanical name: Helleborus
This flower appears to be H. orientalis. With numerous colors and forms it is exceptionally hardy, making it the most frequently cross-bred variety. The cultivars are collectively called Helleborus x hybridus. 
Bowing it’s beautiful head…
…the flowers are surrounded by the distinctive leaves which seem to stand protectively around them. The leaves have quite a prickly edge.

“Experts in the plant world grappled with distinguishing one species from another until 1989, when British botanist Brian Mathew wrote a monograph on hellebores that still stands as the definitive classification of the genus. There are approximately 20 different recognized hellebore species. Every one fits into one of Mathew’s six sections of classification.” Quote reference gardenerspath.com

So pretty! Several other Winter Roses recently photographed. Looking forward to exploring the many colours with single and double blooms now available.

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