Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday Selection #138

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River, I generally run with a theme.   For something completely different I am back in the garden this week.

The daffodils and jonquils are mostly finished but there are more tulips coming out each day.  Interestingly the red ones are mostly out now, and the other colours are just starting.  There are also many bluebells, and freesias.  The iris aren't far behind either.

 So just for a change, rather a lot of garden photos follow (and they will embiggen if clicked upon).  I will probably tear myself away from the garden for Sunday Selections next week.  Probably.







Tritellia (aka Spring Star Flower)

The first of the freesias
 
One of the last of the jonquils

Forsythia


Yet another grevillia






96 comments:

  1. It's soooo nice to see spring flowers as we in Canada get ready for fall and winter. Do your freesias smell as pretty as they look? (I love the scent.)
    Your photos are beautiful, EC, as always. They're like a breath of fresh air.

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    1. Cathy Oliffe-Webster: The freesias smell wonderful. And I planted rather a lot of white ones which supposedly have the strongest scent of all. I am really looking forward to them.

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    1. Letting the Words Escape: So do I. It has just started to rain, so I have come back inside, but I had a really nice time out there (ripping and tearing weeds from the ground).

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  3. Beautiful flowers...especially the poppy.

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    1. Delores: The poppy is an overblown tulip - but thank you.

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  4. I may spend our upcoming winter days looking at your garden.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Which seems fair. I have been drooling over yours. And your helpers.

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  5. Oh Honey! So fun having a sweet friend in the big South so I can feel Spring in your beautiful photos.

    ALOHA means love

    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3

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  6. I adore Forsythia.Another that would not be happy up here!
    Thank you, once again.,

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    1. dinahmow: Forsythia is a treat. While the skinny one's sister was living in the UK she was watching her forsythia waiting for it to burst into bloom so that she could feel that the loooong winter was coming to an end. Her husband pruned it to within an inch of its life and there were no flowers that year. I understand that rather a lot of words were said.

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    2. Strayer: She is a good Christian woman, but yes, understatement...

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    3. I've only attempted forsythia once in Sydney and it wasn't happy so gave up. Maybe I should try again, though I'm even further north now. Your garden is a delight. Thank you for the treat.

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    4. Carol: On an outing today (and I will put up a post next week) I saw forsythia which filled me with envy. They simply blazed in the sun.

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  7. Beautiful spring blooms! I just love the grevillia, anything in the Proteaceae family!

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    1. Karen: We have rather a lot of grevillias, and the birds love them.

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  8. Oh, fabulous! I just love them all, reminding me that spring is indeed still here, just not where I am. I love the pretty pictures of the tulips, especially, dear EC. :-)

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    1. DJan: And there are many more tulips yet to open. Woohoo. And happy dances.

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  9. Your wonderful Sunday blooms always make for a bloomin' good Sunday, EC! :)

    Thank you for the beautiful photos of Nature's bounty.

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    1. Lee: Thank you for indulging one of my obsessions.

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  10. The smell of freesias is amazing are orange ones unusual I only seen light yellow ones.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: We have lots of different freesias. Lemon ones, bright yellow ones, white ones... And you are right. The scent is incredible.

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  11. Beautiful as always! It looks like there is so much color! I love color! Your hard work is paying off!

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    1. Teresa: It is calling out for rather a lot more work - but has been a treat this spring. Lots of colour, lots of scent.

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  12. Gidday my human friend,

    Such a splendiferous selection of sun-soaked flowers. It be your spring and your heart doth sing.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. klahanie: Thank you Penny. You are right - my heart is singing. I hope that you and all your family are well and happy.

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  13. Superb photos again - your tulips are such a gorgeous range of colours. I hope to have spring flowers next year! My new trees are opening their leaves... Very exciting.

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    1. Alexia: Gardening is exciting - and addictive. And there are many, many more tulips yet to come.

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  14. I love the smell and structure of a freesia spray. Great photos ~ we don't do Spring bulbs in the far north :)

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    1. Carol in Cairns: Thank you. You can grow things I can only dream of, but I would miss spring bulbs. A lot.

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  15. How beautiful your garden grows. You could compete with Canberra's Floriade but in miniature. We do have daisies all over and the hawthorn is in full flower too and one marigold in a pot!!! Our gardening man came last week and tidied up but he's been quite vicious with a couple of shrubs which is a shame. Never mind, at least it's reasonably tidy now.
    Bad storms in Perth last night with more expected tonight. Trees across main roads etc. 8 fine days in Perth so far this month.
    Karen and her hubby arrived back from the US last night and are recuperating in Melbourne. Fly back to Perth on Tuesday. Hoping she will blog about the wonderful time they had in the US.

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    1. Mimsie: Thank you. Floriade (which I hope to get to this week) is a great deal more orderly than my jungle.
      We have had rain, but no storms. I hope you escaped any major damage. And yes, I hope your lovely daughter blogs about her trip too.

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  16. Tritellia! Thank you. I've seen some around and wondered what they were. I've never seen freesias in orange before, mostly white, cream and pink, some white with purple tinges. The orange is gorgeous.

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    1. River: Thank you. Do freesias give you trouble too?

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  17. HI what a wonderful selection of your garden flowers. it is funny for me to see themas weheadfor spring although yuo have just reminded me that I have Tulip bulbs that need planted!! It will be lovely to brighten up our days dull winter days with brihgt colours.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you. Nice to hear about other people with bulbs that need planting.

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  18. Ahhhh, SPRING.
    My favorite season. The season of green, life, becoming reborn... We are in Autumn here.
    Love the tulips.
    Love u. Xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: I have a very soft spot for Spring - but think I like Autumn best. There is something about the light...

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  19. Those are all beautiful! Tulips are among my favorite flowers to take pictures of.

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    1. Riot Kity: My favourites change with the seasons. And sometimes the day. Fickle?

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  20. I love your flower pics... always... such bright colors.

    As we enter into fall... if you could call it that, it's more like summer with temps less than 95 but greater than 89 ha!... I've made the decision to rid myself of all grass and weeds. I'm going to exterminate it all in lieu of a rock yard...crushed limestone, flowering cactus plants, banana trees, and the like...

    It's going to be great fun... let's hope I can get it done before spring when the temps get back to 100!

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    1. Sherri: I love the sound of your garden. It sounds as if it has some similarities with Japanese gardens - which fill me with awe.

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  21. I enjoy your spring garden very much, all those lovely tulips. I love tulips, I think they belong to my favorite spring flowers. However, I can't have them in my front garden where I would love to have them because the deer just love them to pieces - literally.

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    1. Carola Bartz: No deer here. And rarely kangaroos in the street. The cockatoos do some damage, but not as much as your deer.

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  22. Tulips, my favourite flower. To me they seem regal. I don't know if it's their shape but to me they stand for individuality, as in, separate from the crowd with their own personality. Love tulips. Many thanks, your photos are beautiful.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you. Tulips are an elegant flower. With a lot of charm.

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  23. Mary, Mary, possibly a little contrary....hahaha, well I know how your garden grows, quite wonderfully. If I had these blooms about me that's all I'd post as well I can tell you. I like the star flowers best, there's something so delicate about them. Lovely. You have a gift for phoography, you should seriously think of getting some published you know.

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    1. All Consuming: Definitely quite contrary. I love the spring star flowers too. I planted twenty of them (rather a lot of years ago) and am very happy at their fecundity (which is a wonderful word).

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  24. How delightful and refreshing ... your gardens are a delight and how fun it is to share spring with you just when we are losing all of our color. I love the daisy that is just opening and looks like a fire cracker ... mine do that too and I can't resist taking their pictures. Hope you and the SP are able to enjoy the fresh air and start going out on excursion as you did last year. Hope the healing process is progressing and both of you are finding some relief from it all. Bless you EC ... you give us all the courage to face what confronts us.

    Andrea @ From The sol

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    1. Andrea: Thank you. I am a very ordinary person though. Very ordinary indeed.

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    2. Not to me ... you are anything but ordinary. But, that you think so is probably what makes it so good. You don't push and pretend that what you think is automatically right or that you know what is good for me better than I do. You lead by expample ... and what you do ... most couldn't. I think you are a wonderful ordinary person that stands out in a crowd!

      Andrea

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    3. Andrea: Thank you. But you are the woman who works at saving wildlife - which makes life better for them, and life richer for us all.

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  25. Oh they are all so beautiful. I can't imagine how you tear yourself away. They are like little glimpses of heaven.

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    1. Myrna R.: I spend a LOT of time in the garden. I have been weeding my heart out today and have stopped (probably an hour or two after I should). Lots more to do, but the flowers in bloom at the moment lift my heart.

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  26. What a lovely selection of spring flowers. A lovely treat for the eyes here, and a wonderful start to my week. Thank you my friend :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you - and there are LOTS more to come. Lots and lots.

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  27. It must be wonderful having all that beauty right in your own garden. Love the tulips especially.

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    1. Lynn: Rewards from rather a lot of blood, sweat and tears. And it does make it all worth while.

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  28. As the rains are starting back here I feel Spring coming all over just by looking at your photographs Soosie

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: Isn't it lovely that the blogosphere lets us double up our enjoyment of the seasons?

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  29. There is something so exquisite about tulips.
    Thanks for splashing them across my eyes
    this morning:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: Elegant, beautiful, delightful. They make my heart sing - and I am very glad to share them.

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  30. Ah, just as your garden is popping, ours is waning, except for the mums which are just now exploding. Lovely!

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: You are just drifting into my favourite time of year. But Spring is good too. Very good.

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  31. All your blooms remind me of the springs we had in Illinois! Esp. the freesias and jonquils!

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    1. Susan Kane: The Springs you had, and will have again. Isn't it wonderful?

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  32. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment - there seemed to be a glitch just as I clicked on Publish ...

    The pink and white tulip is especially exquisite to my eye, but all your flowers are beautiful. You are all green thumbs and fingers, EC!

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    1. jenny_o: Blogger seems to have changed the comment format doesn't it?
      The pink and white tulip is (I think) known as strawberries and cream. I hope to have rather a lot more of them.
      There are some black digits on my hands too - there are some things I don't grow at all well - but am v grateful for the things which thrive.

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  33. The spring star flower took my breath away. I love its name, as well. Beautiful photography, as usual :)

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    1. Raquel Somatra: I do love the spring star flowers. And each year the border of them thickens up and they pop up in other places. Biiss.

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  34. You're sure a good photographer.

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    1. Snowbrush: I have a good point and shoot camera - and the marvels of digital photography mean I can ditch rather a lot of dud shots.

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  35. It's almost time to plant tulips here in the Pacific Northwest. Your photos are giving me the inspiration I need to go get those tubers and get going! The town I live in was settled by Dutch folk, so tulips are a big deal here in Lynden. Might be run out of town if I don't get those tulips in...LOL. (Not really, but it's fun to joke!)

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    1. Debora: Get them in - you don't want to be harassed out of town - and they are a delight anyway.

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  36. Just gorgeous. I love tulips!

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  37. Great varieties of the pretty flowers... i love your choice. but I just found a glorious place which is very interesting and famous for their history and royalty. so, I hope you will know about it through my new post..

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    1. Ercotravels: Thank you. I will go and have a look at your new post later.

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  38. So beautiful! I've missed your blog. I'm going to scan now to see what all I missed.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: What a lovely thing to say - you have been missed yourself.

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  39. Oh, so wonderful to come back online to find such gorgeous garden goodness! A treat for my eyes.

    All so lovely, lovely.

    I especially am entranced by your fifth image. Perfectly pale dew-dropped pink tulip with deliciously darker edges. And... the dappled sunlight showing through the leaves, oh my.
    I love such simple, good-for-the-soul visions.

    Thank you EC :)

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    1. Vicki: Thank you. I get a lot of joy from the garden. And frequently some much needed calm as well. And I love the strawberries and cream tulip - I hope that more come out. Rather a lot more.

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  40. No, don't stray from the garden - so much beauty and peace.

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    1. jabblog: Welcome - and thank you. I have been in the garden (rather a lot) this week, but will probably change the focus for Sunday Selections. Which is not to say that I won't be back - because I will

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  41. Go away - How can you show these wonderful photos when vast tracts of the globe are about to sink into doom and gloom?

    Mind you, there’s autumn to come first . . .

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    1. Friko: Autumn is a visual delight. And it is one of the marvels of the blogosphere that I can find and enjoy at least two seasons every day.

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  42. I've been on the road and sick so much that I missed this post until now. What do you call the flower in the fifth picture? I love the blend of colors on its petals.

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    1. John Wiswell: I am sorry you have been sick again. The fifth photo is yet another tulip - I think its name is strawberries and cream.

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  43. #32 has to be my absolute favorite. All looked like paintings! So colorful!

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    1. Deb: Thank you. It was a truly bright day.

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  44. Ha ha - "embiggen". You're wonderful :)

    They did embiggen, & they're just beautiful. Always joy, when I visit here.

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: I am very glad to spread joy. Thank you.

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