Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday in the Garden 29th March 2013

After minor surgery yesterday left me with 1 stitch in my nose and 10 more in my right shoulder, the threat of rain and Good Friday holiday traffic gave me little choice but to spend today at home and snap around in the garden. One advantage this week is, I don't have to spend hours working out the plant names.
So here's what's happening in our garden in our part of the world on this Good Friday.

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Euphorbia milii  -  'Somona'  (Crown of Thorns)

Abutilon  -  Japanese/Chinese  Lantern

This little thing flowers most of the year
but I still don't know its name.

Syzygium paniculatum  -  Magenta Cherry
(Native, bush tucker)

Hypoestes phyllostachya  -
 Polka Dot Plant, Freckle Face

Commelina cyanea  -  Scurvy Weed

Banksia spinulosa  -  Hairpin Banksia
(native, bush tucker)

Austromyrtus dulcis  -  Midyim/Midgen Berry
(Native, bush tucker)

Crinum pedunculatum  -  Swamp Lilly

Cuphea micropetala  -
 Tall Cigar Plant, Candy Corn.
Wollemia nobilis  -  Wollemi Pine
Waxy seals starting to form to protect growing tips from winter cold.
Oh well, hope that whatever ate my strawberry enjoyed it.
Salvia leucantha  -  Mexican Sage.
I don't what its called.
 Supposed to be native, in the pea family.

Planted one of these, Pterostylis curta  -  Blunt Greenhood
 Orchid, last spring, this year three have come up.
I'm a happy boy.  (native)
Correa reflexa  (native)
Anemone hupehensis  -  Japanese Wind Flower

Bracteantha  -   Variety: Strawburst  (native)

Ardisia crenata  -  Coral Ardisia
Banksia oblongifolia  -  Fern-leaved Banksia
(native, bush tucker)

Davidsonia pruriens var. jerseyana  -
 Davidson's Plum makes a comeback after a
heavy prune about 7 weeks ago.
( native, bush tucker)


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Canoelands Track - Marramarra National Park 22nd Mar 2013

I thought summer had finished but, with the temperature in the low 30'sC (low 90'sF) and high humidity it was long before the perspiration was running down my face.
Although there was still a lot in flower plus finding a couple of new plants (for me) to photograph, I found that I had to rely on photographing some species that I have recorded in recent blogs. Another gauge to show the scarcity of new subjects was, today I only took 173 photos instead of the average 300+.
 For me, today's highlight was finding a Hakea bakerana in flower. This is a plant (from seed I collected)  I have had growing at home for 15+ years and is yet to flower.
Grevillea buxifolia  -  Grey Spider-flower


Persoonia pinifolia  - Pine-leaf Geebung

Comesperma sphaerocarpum -
 Leafless Milkwort, Fairies' Wings

New growth,
Angophora hispida  -  Dwarf Apple
Pultenaea tuberculata (was elliptica)  -  Wreath Bush-pea

Acacia sp.

Corymbia eximia  -  Yellow Bloodwood

Ficus sp.  It looks like this Fig has struggled
 for many years in this harsh spot.

Hakea bakeriana  -  no common name.

Hakea bakeriana  -  no common name.
 Seed pod and opening buds.
(I have this species in my garden)
Bud, flowers, seed cone and shapes  -
  Banksia oblongifolia  -  Rock Banksia.
( I have this species in my garden)

Acacia hispidula  -  Rough Hairy Wattle
New life  -  Scribbly Gum
Persoonia lanceolata  -   Lance-leave Geebung

FEATHERS, FUR and FANG.       Some Of The Wildlife Seen Today.
Tiger Moth 

Metallic Carpenter Bee

Copper-tailed Skink

Golden Whistler  (male)

White's Skink

Native cockroach

March Fly,  they bite!

Pied Butcherbird.  A bird very uncommon  in
Sydney sandstone country.

One of the jumping spiders.

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