Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The glorious jacaranda "purple rain" is coming to an end as the agapanthus are coming into full bloom. One sea of purple replacing another as several road-side garden strips are mass planted with agapanthus, mostly light purple, some white and an occasional deep purple. There are also many beautiful purple flower heads within people's own yards.
Earlier this month I found this flower head beginning to split open.
Nine days later the same flower head is gradually maturing a little more each day.
The three photos above were all taken early one morning. You can see the anthers just beginning to break open.
By early afternoon the anthers were open, pollen fully exposed.
As I was turning to leave I found a new bud on another agapanthus plant, rippling with purple florets just beneath the skin - can you can see the tinge of purple? More miracles about to burst into the big world for all to see.
Sharing at Sweet Shot Tuesday, Observing Beauty.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The river was high from recent rain, the sky clear, the heat of a hot day slipping away and a walk with my camera was suggested - what a gift. You are invited to join me.....
|Sailing Club building, below levee wall. Flame tree above it.
And then I headed home, filled with evening's heavy scent and delightful images of a wonderful Sunday.
Sharing at Capturing Beauty: The Simple Things, The Creative Exchange, Our World Tuesday, Communal Global,
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Double delights as our twins celebrated another birthday, each having made a birthday cake of their choosing.
"Little" brother always has some innovative ideas to try out, this was one of the safer ones.....
Our tree, assembled and decorated entirely by the children amongst much fun, song and dance - literally!
So different to years ago when my husband and I managed it over two nights while our multiple very young ones were asleep in bed. It was wonderful to see the excitement on their little faces the next morning. Now it's delightful to stand back and watch each one partake in this much anticipated activity.
There was the annual indecision and vote about which colour-way decorations to use, culminating in a part-way change of plans, ending in the choice of traditional red/green/gold for this year.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Splashes of fresh pinky-red are brightening the garden, our new grevillea "Robyn Gordon" is in flower! We currently have five different grevilleas (Australian natives), our smallest being Gingin Gem which is a ground cover plant, about 20cm or 8" tall. The other four types will grow to 1 to 2 metres tall, with flower colours ranging from pink/yellow to red.
We found this pretty grevillea on a coastal walk at the village where my parents-in-love live. This particular shrub was only about one metre tall.
The two developing grevillea flowers above and fully opened one below are on a shrub in my parents-in-love front yard, this plant is about 4 metres tall.
Grevilleas vary in plant structure and size and flower shape and colour. Some grevilleas varieties grow into trees
30 metres tall, yet you can identify all of them as grevilleas by their unique flower structure.
Sharing at Macro Flowers Saturday, Today's Flowers, Macro Monday, Weekly Kodachrome.
Friday, November 25, 2011
"Mummy there's a weird looking leaf on the frangipani" says one of the children. So I come, with my camera, to inspect. Indeed there is a weird leaf on the frangipani. Haven't seen one like this before - not sure why it's like this, maybe an insect or just one of those funny bits of nature. I think it's quite beautiful in it's own way.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I've known Glad for a long time, rejoicing over her safe arrival into the big world. She quickly grew before my eyes and became a long, lanky green thing. I watched patiently, looking for signs of maturity and colour.
Then it happened! Late Tuesday afternoon I spotted some strange new and deep spots of colour among the messy mix of plants and weeds which come with spring. I gasped with joyful surprise and rushed downstairs with my camera for a closer inspection. Not much to see but I knew the morning would bring with it a different story.
Yesterday morning brought the grand unveiling for which I had been hoping, and I wasn't disappointed!
As heavy rain was forecast for the day, I picked young Glad to bring her inside for safe-keeping.
Today Glad is quite the mature young woman, elegant in all her ways don't you think.
Glad will continue to be a delight for some time to come and she has some cousins who are about to join her also! Another reason for joy this Thanksgiving Day.
Sharing at And Then She Snapped, This or That Thursday, Photo Story Friday, Shades of Autumn: Finale.