Friday, January 24, 2014

In The Garden at Home. 24th Jan 2014.

Twelve stitches in my arm from a procedure yesterday meant no travelling today, so it was up to the home garden to provide some material for today's episode.
All these plants, except for the Peace Lily which is in a container, are growing outdooors in the ground.

(Google blogger has had some problems uploading over the last few weeks, so if this looks a bit different on your screen (like a bit all over the place, as it does mine) that's the reason.)

Euphorbia milii  -  Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant, Christ Thorn.

Melastoma affine  -  Blue Tongue, Native Tibouchina.
I have seen this growing in the wild on Cape York (Northern Queensland).

Abutilon  -  Japanese / Chinese  Lantern.

Fuchsia (this one grows to over 2 meters).

Allocasuarina torulosa  -  Forest She-Oak
The rough corky bark is good for growing epiphytec orchids on, I will have to try it out.

Sun Flower self grown from spilt seed from feeder.

And just as spectacular, in a different way, before opening.

Melaleuca laterita  -  Robin Redbreast Bush.


Spathiphyllum  -  Peace Lily.

Brillantaisia nitens -  Tropical Giant Sage, False Tropical Sage, Tropical Giant Salvia.

Eremophila polyclada x divaricata  -  'Sumertime Blue'

I believe this may be, Ruscus hypophyllum  -  Large Butcher's Broom.
The flower, which emerges from the middle of the leaf, has finished leaving the stems looking like a jumping spider

Fuchsia  'Thalia'.

Tropical water lily,   Director Moore. 

Salvia uliginosa  -  Bog Sage.
A favourite with the native bees in the garden.

Zephyranthes grandifolia  -  Rain Lilly.
A regular flower after heavy rain or a good watering.

Echinopogon caespitosus  -  Tufted Hedgehog Grass, Echidna Grass (native).
One of my favourite local grasses.

Zephyranthes candida  -  Storm Lilly.
I often mistakenly call this a Crocus (as in one of my recent journals).

Lavandula latifolia - Spike Lavender, Portuguese Lavender.
That's what I think this summer flowering lavender in called.

Dracaena marginata  -  'Colorama'.

Grevillea sericea  -  'Collaroy Plateau'.
This is this plants first flowers.

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

Looks like this Lady Beetle has just had a wax and polish.

Paper Wasp.
One of its back legs seems to be vibrating against the flower. Is this to get the its prey to react somehow to the
vibrations letting the wasp know there's a possible meal available?

This is the smaller of the 2 paper wasps that 
call the backyard home.

An Ant Lion carries the remains of his victims around as a home.


  1. Sorry to hear about your arm, but it looks like you found plenty of material to shoot in your own backyard! How interesting to see a flower emerge from the middle of a leaf! Your really do have some fascinating plants! Get well soon.

    1. Stiches come out tomorrow, anyway I have a spare. The Butcher's broom, that's what I think it is, came up by it self in the yard. Apparently it comes from Eurasia and the only other one I have seen was one my sister had. I always wondered how it happened to come up in the yard until I found out it forms a fruit, this one is a very small fruit. The flowers look like minute orchids.