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.
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life. Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
I usually run with a theme. Last week I reveled in Winter. This week it is Spring on display. All of these shots are taken from our garden and there is more coming out each day. The vandal birds are also at work, and my pump action water pistol lives loaded and ready beside the front door.
Jazz comes outside with me for half an hour or so in the early morning. I was not grateful when he belly-bombed this shot. The next shot shows a ginger interloper who visits the garden quite regularly. Jazz is unimpressed.
The first of our tulips to flower. Over the coming weeks I hope to see a lot more.
Yes I know I have inflicted rather a lot of photos on you. Again. I have discovered that if I wander the garden with a camera I see beauty - instead of the work which needs to be done.
And as an aside. Australia's floral emblem is the Golden Wattle. September 1st is Wattle Day. We currently celebrate Australia Day on January 26th. Our first people refer to that date as Invasion Day, and there is a growing push to change the date. I would love to see Australia Day moved to Wattle Day, in the interests of unity and hope for the future.
I hope your week is blooming lovely.
I love your photos and your opinion and those photo Interlopers! Fun to see Jazz in action.ReplyDelete
Cloudia: Thank you. Jazz is a big fan of wandering the garden with me.Delete
A most colourful start to spring and to Sunday.ReplyDelete
I hope you have an enjoyable week ahead, EC....don't worry about the work..it will hang around and not go anywhere. Cuddles to Jazz. I hope he's doing fine, too. :)
Lee: The work grows by the day. I am never on top of it, and there is always more to do.Delete
Jazz is still yanking my chain and is not 'right' but he has many more good days than bad.
I hope you and the overlords have a wonderful week.
The wattle looks to be very beautiful. Wattle Day sounds like a good thing. Our controversial day is Columbus Day. Native Americans hate it. Italian Americans love it. The rest of us barely notice the day.ReplyDelete
You've got a good collection of spring blooms. They are lovely.
Ann Bennett: Shifting the date of Australia Day is a controversial topic here. I would be happy to move it, but there are those who take that as 'fighting words'.Delete
I hope to see a lot more spring blooms over the coming weeks.
I am here early, for me, and I'm not all the way into the depths of the comment dungeon. I love all the pretty spring flowers, and even Jazz's belly! :-)ReplyDelete
DJan: Comment dungeon? I am always very glad to see you here, when ever you stop by. Jazz is in a good mood this morning and thanks you.Delete
Beautiful in every scene, love them very flowers.ReplyDelete
Bob Bushell: Thank you.Delete
Your garden is so so lovely. I have only green in mine, except for jasmine which blooms so hard and fast after each rain then disappears quickly. Oh, and I do have a really pretty bougainvillea. We are at the end of summer, so soon our green grass will be prickly brown and crunch when walked on, and I will have to depend on your beauties for awhile. :)ReplyDelete
J C: Our garden is usually brown and crunchy long before summer ends. We rarely get enough rain, and most of it falls in winter. I do enjoy the spring colour though and will probably feature it often in the weeks to come.Delete
Such a fine display of Spring indeed.- Grape hyacinth (Muscari) is one I haven’t seen locally for many years.ReplyDelete
Enjoy this transition time EC.
Cathy: Growing up I misheard my mother and thought that they were called Grey Pythons (which puzzled me). We have lots of them - which is just as well because they are one of the plants that the cockatoos target.Delete
I am enjoying the weather at the moment - and hope you are too.
I love the pink and purple flowers. Have a great week.ReplyDelete
Mary Kirkland: I like the wallflowers too. They have become invasive, and I cannot bring myself to rip them out. I hope you and Ken have a great week too.Delete
I have seen signs of Autumn. So, I will relive Spring through your posts, with beautiful flowers and colourful vandals or no...ReplyDelete
Caterina: I hope you can. Each summer I look to photos from your side of the world for cooling relief.Delete
The flowers are so very lovely and Jazz is just adorable. You are lucky to be heading into spring. however, here in Florida we pretty much remain the same as always and you know I really miss the fall colors and even would like to see snow in the winter. Sorry I have not popped on your blog for a bit. Had a violent thunderstorm end of August and put us off the Internet for two weeks just back beginning of September I thought I would flip.ReplyDelete
RasmaSandra: It is lovely to see you. Two weeks without internet would probably do my head in. I am an addict.Delete
Love the flowers and it was fun seeing your cat among them.ReplyDelete
Jamie Ghione: Jazz and I thank you.Delete
A "Conciliation Day" would do good, not only in Australia.ReplyDelete
There are, however, so many "Wishful Thinking Days".
I'd love to live the day when (wo)man's brain take(s) the evolutional step that enables a peaceful living together.
But, alas! ...
Sean Jeating: I am not holding my breath. I am, however, very glad that there are at least conversations (even if they are often acrimonious) about moving the day. Only a few short years ago it was one of the ignored elephants in the room.Delete
What a beautiful garden you have, EC. It must be hard work, but also great therapy :) The vandal birds are certainly not winning! Your daffodils are so pretty, and so varied - I'm hoping to see many more.ReplyDelete
I love the ginger interloper shot, and those of the bees working hard. Have a lovely week.
Alexia: Thank you. Quite a lot of my blood, sweat and tears fertilises the garden. The vandals (drat them) have had some triumphs, but for some reason they ignore the back garden. The interloper brings what I think is a relative with him some days. Jazz is far from impressed.Delete
Glorious blooms. You brightened my day, EC. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Marie Smith: I am glad. You so often brighten mine.Delete
Gorgeous flowers, all of them!ReplyDelete
Jazz isn't impressed with the Ginger Interloper because he/she poses beautifully for the shot, whereas Jazz is of the mindset that photobombs are more a more appropriate statement of your endeavors. ;) Ignore his critiques, we all value your hard work!
Too bad I don't proofread better before I hit send...Delete
River Fairchild: Jazz believes that he has a total right (and indeed a need) to critique my work and my personality. Harshly.Delete
River Fairchild: Sorry, I also meant to say that I am a truly woeful proof reader. I see what I meant to be there rather than what is. It is what it isn't on display.Delete
Spring has certainly sprung in your garden. The ginger is a nice looking cat. I'm with you on Wattle Day becoming Australia Day. The present day is now just too divisive.ReplyDelete
Andrew: Spring virtually exploded into the garden overnight it seemed. I hope it continues. I know you are with me on Australia/Wattle Day. I wish. How I wish.Delete
Wonderful flowers! Sweet little anemone.ReplyDelete
Joanne Noragon: There are more emerging each day - though the birds seem to target the ones in the front yard. I hope to feature a clump of anemones later.Delete
Great variety of colors.ReplyDelete
Mike: Lots of colour, of texture and of scent.Delete
Wonderful flowers and cats and hard to get my head around tulips as head into fall now. Yes, reparation to our First Nations People is full of conflict here too.ReplyDelete
Wisewebwoman: Thank you. I wish we could make that symbolic step. As I said to Andrew I really wish it.Delete
Lovely photos! What's a garden with out kitty photobombs? As always, it brings me joy to see spring flowers, just as we are seeing the leaves think about turning, and the summer blooms fade. XoxoReplyDelete
daisyfae: Thank you. I do love autumn (and winter) but can understand your regret. And yes, Jazz thinks that the garden NEEDS one photobomber. He would be happy to see the other one banned.Delete
The ginger ninja is a cutie and sets off the flowers perfectly! Jazz's flashing belly also cute, a glimpse of vitality.ReplyDelete
Your flowers are just glorious and yay for wattle australia day!
kylie: If more of us start agitating for Wattle Day and Australia Day to share a date perhaps it will happen. Captain Marmalade is a cutie isn't he? He brings a friend with him quite often too.Delete
I love your entire garden, including the bee, Jazz and the ginger kitty. I think Australia Day being celebrated on Wattle Day would be a great idea.ReplyDelete
River: Thank you. And a big hooray for Wattle Day.Delete
The daffodils are looking pretty and different varieties too. Had the same once but they have disappeared.
Margaret D: We do love our daffs and hope that many more varieties come out in the coming weeks.Delete
I'm with you on ditching the colonial invasion day. Keep Wattle Day, but how about asking the First People?ReplyDelete
dinahmow: Indeed. Some reading I have seen says that Wattle Day would be supported by some at least of our First People but the question should be asked of all of us.Delete
Hi EC - gorgeous array of plants you've got growing and blooming in your Spring garden ... I would like to skip winter this year - just to jump six months of 'un-fun' I'd really like to see our Spring outside - not the promise of winter that's looming. Still I will enjoy the little things of life ... Jazz - good tummy .. boy!! But I think your ginger girl is rather pretty ... you too have an enjoyable week - all the best HilaryReplyDelete
Hilary Melton-Butcher: Jazz certainly has (when he is eating) what one vet described as fat pads and another as a primordial pouch.Delete
I hope you do find LOTS of little (and big) things to enjoy. The ginger interloper is a cutie isn't he?
Yes ... our black and white beloved four legged had a pouch too ... old boy paunch! Your little interloper is delightful ... have a happy start of the week - HilaryDelete
Hilary Melton-Butcher: Jazz is definitely an old boy now. The interloper is I suspect less than a year old, but Jazz objects to him. Loudly. I hope your week is filled with fun - and safety.Delete
Beautiful Spring blooms to revel in (despite Jazz's photo bomb!) and remind me that our UK bulb planting season is not too far away.
There was a very interesting three part TV series ('Almost Australian') recently where Miriam Margolyes (who is an Australian citizen due to her partner being Australian and they live there) travelled around areas of Australia in a camper van. She was finding out what it meant to be an Australian. She met many different people from different cultures and Australia/Invasion Day was a theme. It was a thought provoking and enlightening series. I'm not sure you'll be able to see it, but for those who can, the link to BBC iplayer is https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000l45y.
Ellie Foster: I really like Miriam Margoyles. I think she is a very talented woman and I often agree with her public pronouncements. I will try and track that program down.Delete
Bulb planting is an exciting time isn't it (as well as back breaking and expensive).
"Belly bombed" Love that expression! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your garden with us, and Jazz's belly.ReplyDelete
Dragonquillica: I couldn't think of any other way to describe Jazz's leap into the photo. I had thought (silly me) that I would capture him walking through the flowers towards me.Delete
Belly-bombed - now that's funny.ReplyDelete
Lots of new flowers!
Alex J. Cavanaugh: More coming out every day too. And more weeds.Delete
I like the term "belly-bombed". I might plagiarize it! What a wonderful group of images to start my day, Sue. We still have lots of colour in the garden, but soon the plants will start to fade and wilt as autumn approaches and the first overnight frost draws ever closer. It happens every year!ReplyDelete
David M. Gascoigne: I am enjoying the spring display, but by summer our plants will have well and truly faded (and probably been crispified). When your frosts arrive I will turn to photographs from your side of the world for relief. Which also happens every year.Delete
There can never be too many flowers. Beauty is meant to be shared.ReplyDelete
mxtodis123: You are so right. Beauty SHOULD be shared.Delete
Love your garden, such beautiful colors. I don’t blame you for seeing the beauty rather than the work. Have a great week and take care my friend.ReplyDelete
Mason Canyon: Taking the camera with me is the only way that I focus on the beauty rather than the work. A little later today I hope to get out into the garden again. And work. It needs it.Delete
I hope that you also have a wonderful week - and please take care.
You are my garden inspiration and aspirations! So beautiful. Perhaps one day. Your interloper is quite cute! (Handsome?). I've been negligent in Words on Wednesdays lately. I've been putting time into another book. And working far too many hours.ReplyDelete
Cindi Summerlin: The interloper (and the friend he brings with him) are both very cute. Jazz does not agree. Words for Wednesday is not compulsory - and I am glad that you are still writing. Stay safe.Delete
I am so happy to have flower photos inflicted upon me. How beautiful they are. I thank you for them and for the work you must put into keeping such beautiful little creatures thriving.ReplyDelete
Myrna R.: Thank you. The garden is certainly not easy care and does require a lot of work. Which pays dividends. Stay safe, stay well.Delete
Thanks for the tour of your garden and for the history of Australia Day. You are right. Change the date.ReplyDelete
gigi-hawaii: I hope that I will live long enough to see the date changed. Changed (as dinahmow reminded me) to one that our first peoples can accept.Delete
That tulip looks so delicate as it begins to flower. You captured it beautifully. Thanks for sharing some of your flower power with us, EC!ReplyDelete
John Wiswell: There are (finally) many more tulips in bud. I am really looking forward to what I hope will be an explosion of colour.Delete
Springtime! My favorite:)ReplyDelete
We are just now getting our first tastes of Fall and I'm so thankful for the change of light.
It's a beautiful thing for a season to change:)
Thanks for sharing all the fresh new life in your world.
SingingRiverSoulSpa: Thank you. I am a big fan of the season you are entering at the moment too. Stay well, stay safe - and keep singing.Delete
Your flowers are gorgeous, i agree with you about wanting to stop and enjoy them instead of working in the garden.ReplyDelete
Your belly-bomber and interloper have a beauty of their own, maybe they will be mollified and stay out of your flower pics if you promise them a selection feature in the future. You never know.
My selections are over here.
messymimi: I really enjoyed your Sunday Selections. I NEED to work in the garden again today - when it is a little warmer.Delete
The interloper and the belly-bomber may yet get a post to themselves - separately.
How lovely to see your colourful Spring flowers.ReplyDelete
Here in the UK Autumn is approaching and we are having slightly cooler days.
We were fortunate today to enjoy a family get-together and BBQ, the burgers were lovely and not too many wasps!
Have a good week.
All the best Jan
Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I am so glad that you enjoyed a family get together - without the wasps. Or not many wasps.Delete
Hi Beautiful Soul!! I so miss your gorgeous pictures! I love your garden! I love the photo of Jazz and his friend! LOL! I hope you are well! Big Hugs!ReplyDelete
Magic Love Crow: Thank you so much for going through and commenting on so many of my back posts. Jazz does not like Captain Marmalade. Not at all. Big hugs to you too.Delete
I love the pics. The belly bomb shot was cute, as is the ginger visitor. :) We have never taken our girl outside. I'm scared to do so!! She's pretty content in here though (unless a bird darts by the window), so at least there's that... :)ReplyDelete
mail4rosey: Jazz really likes it outside - but half an hour is enough for him.Delete
Beautiful photos as usual. No fall even beginning around here. It is still dead on summer!
Anne in the kitchen: It is Spring again today, but winter is forecast to return for a few days toward the end of the week.Delete
I hope you are surviving summer - and your pool would be a big, big help.
Jazz is just too excited with Spring to even make friends with the Ginger cat!! Your garden is lovely with the many colours, no need to clean and tidy please, it looks wild and sassy and natural. Didn't know daffodils come in this many varieties. BEAUTIFULReplyDelete
kestrel: Jazz is a very territorial cat and as far are he is concerned the garden is HIS. You have no need to worry. I won't tidy the garden - but I do need to weed. And weed some more. Daffodils come in an incredible number of varieties and I hope to show some more later.Delete
I love the one with cat, very cute!ReplyDelete
Natalia: The ginger cutie or the one that Jazz belly-bombed?Delete
Gadzooks! DO you see how much joy you bring to so many people with your blog? Hugs from our damaged USA-- Stay safe.ReplyDelete
Bill: What a truly lovely thing to say. Hugs received and reciprocated. I do hope that your country can begin to heal.Delete
what a lovely lot of flowers in your garden! I hadn't heard of Wattle Day as an alternative to Jan 26 - I like it and would like to see it promoted as a change of date.ReplyDelete
Anna: I would really like to see the date moved and, subject to the approval of the First Peoples Wattle Day sounds like a great day. The garden is going well at the moment, thanks to the rain we had. With luck we will get more. I was once told that you can keep a garden alive by watering it, but it needs rain to grow - which makes sense.Delete
The beauty of the Australian symbol flower tree, the Golden Wattle.ReplyDelete
Are there other colors besides yellow?
Himawan Sant: Wattle is mostly in shades of yellow, but there is also a red one - which I will add to my garden sometime. The Golden Wattle in bloom perfectly matches my country's colours of green and gold.Delete
You captured the beauty of flowers. What a nice way to wake up this morning, seeing all the colours. The work can be beautiful too. I am back after losing my list of blogs. It's so good to be back. Best to you.ReplyDelete
Joylene Nowell Butler: Thank you - and welcome back. I do enjoy gardening (mostly) but wish that I more often focused on the existing beauty rather than the work that needs to be done.Delete
Does someone own that beautiful orange tabby? Of course I hope he's neutered. Invasion Day, yikes, I suppose the difference in how the day is seen might provoke resentment. Wattle. I like that word, for some reason.ReplyDelete
Strayer: I am pretty certain that the orange tabby (and an older ginger boy who sometimes comes with him) are owned by a neighbour. I do hope that both of them are neutered. Sadly there is a lot of resentment about the day picked to celebrate my country - which I can understand. The current day is a celebration of White Australia. I do hope we change it.Delete
Dear EC, I don't know what poet said the following, nor can I remember the name of the poem, but the line is filled with hope: "If winter comes, can spring be far behind." As we move into autumn and perhaps a hard winter, your sharing of an Australian spring lightens our hearts up here in the northern hemisphere! Thanks. Peace.ReplyDelete
Dee: I am enjoying our Spring and dreading our summer, much as many of those in your hemisphere dread winter. They will both pass.Delete
Peace to you too - in every season.
Me gusta la selección de plantas que has escogido para esta entrada. Amo las plantas y sobretodo las flores.ReplyDelete
Que tengas una buena semana.
VENTANA DE FOTO: Thank you. There will be more flower packed posts to come. Have a wonderful, safe, beauty packed week.Delete
I love your photos. My favorite thing is where the kitten is in the backgroundReplyDelete
Indie San: Welcome and thank you. The visiting kitten is a cutie isn't he?Delete
Your Spring on Display series is a pure delight. So many beautiful flowers, and the one of Jazz is very cute. I can see why you try to keep those birds away from your buds and blooms. The thought of you with your pump-action water gun made me smile. Interesting history on Wattle Day. I'm all for bringing unity.ReplyDelete
DeniseinVA: The vandal birds do an incredible amount of damage in a very short time. They are usually too fast for me too.Delete
I do hope that we can bring unity to our country. The sooner the better as far as I am concerned.
United in hope and peace I look forward to a scientific future obliterating covid19 - great photo shotsReplyDelete
Spacer Guy: Thank you. And so say all of us.Delete
WOW! What a beautiful garden! You are an excellent photographer, no matter what you capture. I learn so much about Australia when I read your blog and I have become someone who loves your country. I even watch TV made in Australia. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Glenda Beall: Thank you. The garden is a work in progress (always) and owes a lot to English cottage gardens.Delete
Which Australian television programs are you watching? Like you, I live in a big and very varied country.
Beautiful flowers - just what I needed on this wet and grey day. Love the photobombing cats too! :-)ReplyDelete
Lady Fi: I am glad - but would really like a grey and wet day. We had some rain promised but it has not yet fallen from the sky.Delete
Your post reminded me of this poem -ReplyDelete
I meant to do my work today—
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand—
So what could I do but laugh and go?
~ Richard Le Gallienne
And I'd just like to point out that wandering the garden that has been given to us is also essential work :)
Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. That poem is so very true and I do love the idea that my garden wandering is an essential. It is for me. It is nearly light here now, and already the colours are starting to glow.Delete
R's Rue: Thank you. I do love my garden - which doesn't stop me cursing it from time to time.Delete
The ginger interloper makes for a lovely backdrop to those flowers. Jazz's belly, not so much.ReplyDelete
Take good care.
Rawknrobyn: Jazz is less than happy with your comment.Delete
You take care too please. I hope that you are safe from the fires and from the virus.
Wandering through your garden makes me feel happy.ReplyDelete
Susan Kane: I am glad. Very glad.Delete
Thanks for making my day with such vibrant beauty! Hugs, ROReplyDelete
RO: Thank you for yet another supportive comment. Stay well, stay safe.Delete
Your flowers are so pretty- they would bring me great joy!ReplyDelete
Terri: I get immense pleasure from the garden. By the time the flowers bloom the blood, sweat and tears shed in weeding and planting is a distant memory.Delete
Beautiful way to begin a cooler seasonReplyDelete
Kim@stuffcould....: As you move into your cooler season we are moving towards warmth. Which worries me.Delete
Well I also hope your week is blooming lovely and that you are keeping well. Your garden is a true picture and it reminded me that very soon (probably now for some) I need to plant my bulbs. Your narcissus are very beautiful. My torn ligament is now healed but one of my hip and sometimes knee is giving me a bit of jip. I am falling apart!!I went out walking with my brisk walkers yesterday and I think it was too brisk for my hip (may have to rethink that one at present). Have a good week.ReplyDelete
Margaret Birding For Pleasure. I am sorry to hear that other bits of your body are not playing nice. Be kind to yourself please. And thank you about my garden.Delete
The wattle is so fluffy and yellow and sunshiney, it definitely deserves a day of it's own in celebration. Your spring flowers are delightful. Yours are preparing for spring weather while the garden flowers here are almost finished ans we are headed for autumn.ReplyDelete
My grandies are all preparing for the education year to start after being off school since March. One is off to school, the other three are opting out and doing home schooling. Strange times!
Shammickite: The wattle is a delightful harbinger of Spring. Not only are they in our garden, but they can be seen all over the city. Strange times indeed. I hope that your grandies schooling goes well.Delete
Blooming lovely. I love it:)ReplyDelete
As always your garden shots are beautiful. I enjoy the critter inclusion, including the belly bomb:)
Sandra Cox: I had to include the belly bomb and am very glad you enjoyed it (and the rest of the post).Delete
I'm with you about Wattle Day, Sue, great idea. Beautiful blossoms, don't let the cockies know!ReplyDelete
Kim: The cockies know. And have vandalised considerable swathes of the garden. I do hope that we can change that date. Soon.Delete
Wow! What a glorious display of color to make my day better!ReplyDelete
Thank you, EC, for working so hard to make such a beautiful garden and sharing it with us.
Wally Jones: Thank you. The garden is (mostly) a labour of love.Delete
Wow, you are having an early spring, aren't you? Your photos are beautiful, and I'm still chuckling over Jazz the belly-bomber! :-)ReplyDelete
Diane Henders: Spring is going gang-busters. There is more out every where I look. With or without the belly-bomber.Delete
Aaaah, your photos always fill me with delight.ReplyDelete
Ginger cat with the flowers make me think of those 70s magasines, idealism and romance and carefree days. SIGH. :-)
neena maiya (guyana gyal). I delight in the garden too. The ginger interloper is viewed by Jazz as an incitement to war - there is no hint of idealism or romance in his response to the young beauty.Delete