Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday Selections #148

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.   On a post a little while ago Snowbrush commented that I appear to prefer flowers to foliage.  I thought about it, and he is both right and wrong.  I love them both, and tend to put up pictures of blooms rather than leaves.

I adore the different shapes, colours and textures of leaves - so this is where I am going this week.















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    1. Letting the Words Escape: So do I. Big time. I am also pleased with the maple in the first photo - I picked it up at a Trash n Treasure market last weekend - and have to decide where to put it.

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  2. Wow, you have quite a variety of leaves ... and great pictures of them as well. I love the leaves as well and often put out plants just for the foliage. I don't have any indoor plants because I have two cats that eat plants and as many of them are poisonous to cats, I just don't take the chance ... but I have tried artificial plants which I really don't like, but I find I have the same two cats who eat artificial plants as well. That does limit my choices a bit :) But outside, I can do what I want and do. Love all of your plants ... you have a large area that you can grow in, I envy that. Beautiful pictures EC ... Have a great week ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: I have one indoor plant - which hangs where it is (mostly) out of the cats way. Ours too are plant destroyers - and I am horrified at just how many plants are toxic for cats.

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  3. Love that leafy variety! I should bookmark this one for mid-January here. :-)

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: I will be looking with longing at snow photos by mid January. And probably before.

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  4. Ah! What a breath of summer you posted here, EC. I sure enjoy all that green, even though we never have a shortage of it here. This time of year, though, a lot of it comes from moss. :-)

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    1. DJan: When summer hits with full force our hills turn to gold - and then to dust. I hope to keep these alive to soothe my eyes. And I love moss and envy your rain and year round greenness.

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  5. They're all Ooo and Ahh. I used to have the second one. Took up half my living room. I gave it to a friend with a bigger living room. Eventually consumed half hers, too. I wonder what became of it.
    The last one is curious. What is it?

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The philedendron in the second photo lives on a table against the wall outside my kitchen. It certainly does have plans for world domination.
      The final one is a succulent which I picked up (un-named) at a market. Hopefully someone will know what it is.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I am an addict.

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  7. The green is so vibrant. Gorgeous.

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  8. I was going to ask what the final one is.Beyond "succulent that looks like Guinea Fowl feathers" I don't know.

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    1. dinahmow: Clever Marie has nailed it. Googles picture looks spot on.

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  9. I like foliage as much as flowers, and you have such a variety. Maybe we have variety here, too, and I have just never noticed. I will have to pay better attention.

    We have the same problems as Andrea regarding cats and plants - real or artificial!

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    1. jenny_o: Our cats too are tough on plants. And one of the cats who rules a brother's house had a emergency trip to the vet after consuming a prized orchid. Jazz didn't eat mine - he just batted the buds around the room.

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  10. I'm not certain, but the last one looks like a Haworthia reinwardtii or some close relative. My mum used to have a huge succulent garden, so I had many cuttings from her plants when I first moved from home.

    I love the philodenderon, although at first I thought it was a monstera deliciosa, but then remembered that the leaves looked more like swiss cheese. I also used to have both plants and even got fruit from the monstera a few times.

    Beautiful to look at all of the colours and textures, especially from here where the trees are now naked for the next 5+ months (except for the conifers, that is, although they don't have leaves, do they?) I think my favourite, or at least the one that made me smile was the hanging one that looked like santa's beard. Or maybe I've got Christmas on the brain :-)

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    1. Marie: Thank you. After googling, I am almost certain you have nailed it. Ignorance lessened. For which I am always grateful. My monstera went to god a while ago - I must consider another.
      The one that made you smile I know as 'old man's beard'. And Santa is certainly no spring chicken. I suspect that know I will think of it as Santa's beard.

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  11. 1st of December! OMG!!!

    Hey Sue, I just did a search for 'Chaos of Cats' but didn't get a result. Can you please give me a link? I'd love to read it :)

    (& yes the different shapes are beautiful :) )

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: I know, where did the year go. And I have sent you a link to the chaos of cats. I wonder why it didn't come up when you searched?

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    2. In fact nothing comes up when I search at the moment. Sigh.

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  12. An amazing variety of plants.

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    1. Delores: There are - and many more too.

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  13. Oh, very nice! A great variety. What is that grassy looking plant in the 4th photo?

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    1. Karen: The fourth one down is an epiphyte - which grows draped around the branches of a crepe myrtle and gets it sustenance from the sun and the rain. It was given to me as old man's beard...

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  14. Yes...cats and plants. NOT! I never have cut flowers (or any other live plant) because they become multi-petaled cat toys.

    Love the variety of leaves, especially philodendron-types and ferns. And deciduous trees that change colors. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: So many of my obsessions try and kill each other. The cats eat, dig up and damage plants - which are often poisonous to them. They would like to eat the birds. Who from time to time crap on them (which makes me laugh). The birds also destroy the garden.
      The cats damage books - which are the only peacable obsession...

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  15. Those are gorgeous as usual, and I especially love the cheerful, bright green. It's rather gray here today.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Green is a wonderful antidote to grey days isn't it?

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  16. Beautiful shapes and shades of foliage - what a great selection! I really like the bluey-grey of the acacia, too - and I'm a maple addict, so that first one caught my eye immediately. Is it a palmatum - maybe 'Bloodgood'?

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    1. Alexia: I bought the maple at the markets from someone who knew nothing about it. I will try and track down more. It is (I think) a palmatum - and I fell for those leaves.

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  17. I like leaves the best, flowers just don't last long enough.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: I have some orchids in the back yard that have been flowering since early spring. Which is a huge treat. I like flowers and leaves and refuse to choose.

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  18. EC, you have done a great job of capturing the different shapes, sizes and colours. The world would be boring if everything was the same wouldn't it?

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    1. Carol in Cairns: Boring and sad. I like the multitude of differences - in everything.

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  19. Nature once more at its best, making us remember who is the smartest of us all...and it's not humans!!

    Beautifully captured, EC. :)

    Have a great week.

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    1. Lee: No, not humans. The cats remind me of that on a daily basis. Thank you - and a great week to you too.

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  20. These are all so beautiful. I recognise most of them, but what is that last one?

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    1. River: Isn't it wonderful the way that someone always knows?

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  21. Never mind, I read your comments above and got my answer. My latest addition is a potted poinsettia from Coles, they have them every Christmas and yesterday I finally bought one. I'll repot it after Christmas and set it out in the garden somewhere.

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    1. River: I love poinsettia - but have a brown thumb where they are concerned. I have stopped buying them, and just admire them.

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  22. Beautiful, beautiful shots as always. I do love lots of green in a garden - leaves are so beautiful.

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    1. Jackie K: I love it. And regardless of the season there is always something to enjoy.

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  23. I know I commented earlier today but maybe I forgot to click PUBLISH. I loved all the leaves and different shades of green but at heart I am definitely a flower child as I really do love flowers. Perhaps it's just the gorgeous colours that I find so enchanting. Thanks though for sharing your beautiful leaves.

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    1. Mimsie: Isn't it lucky we don't have to choose? Greedy me likes, and wants, both leaves AND flowers.

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  24. I've always thought, in general, that leaves are under-appreciated in comparison to flowers (those show-off flowering plants!). As delightful as blooms are, there is something to be said for the variety and intricate beauty of leaves.

    For once, I see many things that are growing here too. All wonderful.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk: And such a lot of leaves repay close examination with subtle beauty, of colour, of texture, of tone. And tend not to drop off as quickly or suffer from wind/sunburn as much either.

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  25. Gidday Sue,

    I love leaves. And those are lovely leaves. Quite a few of our leaves up in the Northern Hemisphere have decided to clutter up the lawns. Where is my rake? Thanks I'd better leaf now and go back to my site :)

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Always nice to see your punny self visiting. Thank you.

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  26. "I thought about it, and he is both right and wrong."

    I'm leaving my wife and coming to join you, Honey, because you think I'm right at least half the time.

    Is number ten down a mimosa or a sensitive plant? And what the dickens is number one--a maple, a dizygotheca, a marijuana plant?

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    1. Snowbrush: No, no, no. Peggy is without doubt MUCH more patient than I am.
      Number ten (and I was shocked to learn I had put that many up) is from our Japanese Silk tree (Albizzia julibrissin. And I gather it is known as a mimosa in your country. And the first is a maple.

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  27. Have you seen the Carocol leaf? Like those you have here, they're lovely.

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    1. cleemckenziebooks: Welcome and thank you. I don't know the Carocol leaf - and sadly can't find it. Alternate spelling?

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  28. The diversity always astounds me.

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    1. Susan Kane: And me. Astounds and delights me.

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  29. So verdant this Sunday! Exactly the opposite of the dying foliage I drove through with my brother tonight. It's refreshing to look at. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. John Wiswell: It is Monday afternoon here. Hot and dry. Sigh. So our green will also be vanishing far too quickly. I am glad to have refreshed you in the meantime though.

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  30. Oooooh yes, I'm liking these. I've grown some myself in the past, the first one above, had to be left behind in my old garden when I moved house because I was too ill to get it and everyone else had had a gutfull of moving all my possessions, which did, I admit, include quite alot of boxes of stones *laughs. The hairy one makes me laugh, and the seventh picture looks like dragon wings! Fabulous, thank you :D x

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    1. All Consuming: I laugh at your boxes of stones. My father had rather a lot of them too. It is books here. Boxes and boxes. The seventh one is a begonia - as are rather a lot of the others. Love them. And dragon wings is right.

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  31. Everything looks so vibrant, lush and green. Great photos!

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    1. DeniseinVA: For the moment it is. But browning off rapidly.

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  32. Beautiful photos here. Looking forward to discovering more. Have a lovely week.

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  33. Congratulations ~ I have passed on the SUNSHINE AWARD to you for your creativity and positivism. I have acknowledged you on my blog.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: Thank you. I will be over later - though should warn you that I find following the rules challenging.

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  34. You sure picked a delightful variety, and my favorite is the split-leaf philodendron. Some of their leaves get almost as large as elephant ears. (Another of my favorites.)

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    1. Susan: The leaves are big. And shade the kitchen window.

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  35. There really are a lot of leaf shapes and textures. You’ve given me an idea, I shall have to take a closer look also.

    ....that is, if leaves ever get back to the garden.

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    1. Friko: Part of the magic of the blogosphere. You will have leaves again as I am losing most of mine.

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  36. Sorry to be late to the party! Green is beautiful - especially the green you have posted here.

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    1. Lynn: Never too late - and always welcome.

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  37. Nice leaves. I find it amazing how they come in all shapes, sizes, and even colors.

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    1. Lady Lilith BloodCrave: It amazes me too. So many greens, so many textures...

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  38. The greens are SOOO GREEEEN that they almost look artificial. Hey! Wait a minute! Did you pull an Adrian and photoshop your lovelies to make them look even greener than they really are? Or maybe things really do get that green in Australia (your lovely self excepted, of course)!

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    1. rhymeswithplague: No photoshop. They really are, for the moment, those colours. And this isn't a particularly green piece of Oz.

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  39. I am such a fan of each and every leaf you displayed
    and grateful for the heart you carry
    with so much appreciation for all things
    wild and wonderful,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: Some years back I realised that I am an appreciator - and there are sooooo many things to appreciate. Big and small.

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  40. Lovely bright and lush leaves!

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  41. The variety in your pictures is amazing. Many thanks for this visual feast.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: It is my pleasure - and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  42. Hi again, back again regarding my 'backlink' problem. One of my commenters, Terri, said I should go to my Settings and choose Posts and Comments and then Backlinks where it gave me a choice to 'hide' or 'show'. I found mine was already set to "Hide" but I wondered if you wouldn't mind helping me by doing this to your settings to see if my links disappeared on your blog? A little experiment? Hope you don't mind me asking because you might actually want your backlink button to show. Anyhow, thought I would just ask but if this is too cheeky, just ignore me ;)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Done, and it worked. Thanks to you and to Terri.

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  43. Green is Life! Xxxx KISS for you, dear.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Oh yes. And such beautiful life too.

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  44. When I first saw this post I thought, how fun and different! Foliage instead of flower! (Not, you understand, that I don't LOVE your flower photos!!) Your leaves are as exotic and beautiful as your blooms and birds. Since you didn't ID any of them, I'm left to assume that first one is pot. LOL A few of these others look vaguely familiar, I think I've espied them in tropical greenhouses and butterfly gardens - but that last one is completely alien to me, and quite intriguing! Looks a little like the succulent we call a Burro's Tail, but yours looks bigger, tougher, darker, and like it means serious business. What, pray tell, is that one?

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    1. Laloofah: The first one is a maple - I don't think I have ever seen marijuana in that colour. Does it happen? The last one was identified for my by another blogger as Haworthia reinwardtii. And I am so grateful to her.

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