Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Sunday Selections #533

 


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 was v busy and sometimes fraught so I am sticking close to home.

Starting with a gentle dawn which delighted me.

 



Each year I wonder whether the tree dahlias (dahlia imperialis) will flower before we get our first hard frost.  This year?  Success.  There are a lot of buds yet to come, but it is definitely in flower.  In the nick of time.  This morning we are expecting to drop to minus four or five C, and I expect when it is light I will see that these proud beauties will have been hit hard.

 








Tree dahlias are fast growers.  They need to be.  I cut them down to ground level each year after the first hard frost.  The following year they power ahead - and these are well over 12 feet tall.  The canes are brittle and a strong wind has snapped them off more than once so ours line the fence between us and one of our neighbours - and one has established itself (and offspring) beside the garage.

 In other parts of the garden we continue to see signs of a very, very early Spring.  There are more paper-white jonquils out each day and another anemone has emerged and flowered.  


 My bulb planting continues.  I hope to get the last in the ground this week.  Hope, but won't guarantee.  Whatever the season, or the weather I hope your week to come is filled with beauty and joy.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Sunday Selections #532

 


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 showed you Autumn in my neighbourhood and in the city.  Today I am showing you the seasons in my garden.  Autumn is slow to arrive in my garden - perhaps because the jungle is so overgrown/cluttered it creates a micro climate of its own.  However it is finally showing signs that it has arrived here.

You will note that the tree across the road is in full Autumnal splendour while the one in our garden hints at what is to come.

 

There are dahlias in bloom.  The tree dahlias buds are swelling, and I hope they will flower before our first hard frost cuts them down. 






This begonia by the front door has been flowering constantly for at least nine months - and shows no signs of stopping (yay).
 
However, there are also signs that summer has not yet left.  The daisies continue to bloom - not as prolifically, but they haven't given up yet.
 



There are also signs that Spring is on the way.  We are not yet in Winter (by the calendar or by the temperatures) and some spring bulbs have emerged and are flowering.





There are also plenty of other spring bulbs emerging.  Some of the dutch iris are already at least six inches tall (though the bearded and the Japanese iris are not yet shooting).  I am obviously going to have to get off my lazy fundament and get the last of this year's excess of bulbs into the ground soon.
 
Colour me confused.  I hope your week is blooming lovely - whatever the season.
 
 


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Where are the Words for Wednesday?



Huge thanks to Wisewebwoman for providing last month's prompts.

May 2021Messymimi is providing the prompts on her blog.

June 2021River is providing the prompts on her blog.

July 2021:  Lissa is providing the prompts on her blog.

August 2021David M. Gascoigne will be providing the prompts but they will be here.

September 2021Cindi is providing the prompts.

October 2021:  I am providing the prompts here.   

November 2021:  Margaret Adamson and her friends will be providing the prompts, but they will appear here.

 
December 2021:  Me again.

Given that the prompts are provided from both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres the prompts can appear from as early as Tuesday your time until Thursday your time. 

This meme definitely falls into the 'more the merrier' category.  I hope that lots of you will visit
whoever is providing the prompts and play - or applaud.  Commenting on other people's creations -whether they post them on the host's blog or their own, is hugely important.  We ALL need encouragement.  So please, take a few extra minutes to comment on the participant's creations.

 

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Sunday Selections #531

 


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. This week?  Two themes.

We were scheduled to see a Supermoon this week.  A pink supermoon.  I was really looking forward to it.  On 'the night' I was wearing my supervisor/support hat for Lifeline.  I couldn't get out to see the moon but my shift was due to finish around midnight, so I promised myself a treat.  When I had completed my last call and any necessary paperwork I was going to go out, camera in hand.

Big sigh.  When I went outside cloud had obscured the sky, the stars and the moon.  However, I am an early riser and a late night doesn't change that, so I trotted outside just before dawn the next morning.  The pinkness had gone, but so had the cloud and the moon was still there to delight me.
 




 I know that many of you are enjoying Spring at the moment, but we are in Autumn.  A season I love.  The arboreal fireworks amaze me each and every year.  This year I am also delighting in some late bloomers.

So come wander with me.

I love the new pink growth.

A last flush of roses.




Bottlebrush (from the Callistemon family).  I didn't expect to see them in bloom, but smiled.

As I did at these golden beauties from the Banskia family.












A few days after my walk we went to one of my city's lookouts.  There was hazard burning underway so the skies are a bit hazy, but there was still colour to be seen.  Much of Australia's native vegetation is evergreen, but my city has planted LOTS of deciduous trees.




I hope that whatever your season, and where ever you are, there is colour and joy in your week.