Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Winter Garden

My lime- leafed bower

Entrance to my Secret Garden

Tree ferns and Hakea Laurina

A shaded retreat in Summer

Eucalyptus Haemostoma - Scribbly Gum

Blue sky and leaf canopy

I hope you enjoy these photos of my Winter garden, I took them today, Sunday 19th, the sun is shining, the sky is a clear blue, it is a truly lovely Winter's day here in Sydney...temperature 16º C or for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere approximately 61º F.
The foliage isn't as verdant as the greens of Summer, it takes on a different colour under the light from the Winter sun and sky... ♥

Please left click on images to enlarge.


40 comments:

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

amazing to have that much green in winter! also loved the sunset-pcs.

Still haven't gotten your mail. did it get lost?

Posted something on good to know. You might like it, since you also say honour etc. is important to you:

http://goodknowto.blogspot.com/2009/07/moral-courage-zivilcourage.html

and check out Berry's post on that one - the picture is definitely something!!!

Lee said...

Very nice. I love the promise of the winter garden.

HLiza said...

I love greens even though I'm not blessed with green thumbs! Your garden now looks very much like the many fairy tales from the West I read during young age. How you maintain those green, I really can't imagine..I might need a gardener!

Little Lamb said...

You have a very nice garden.

dianne said...

Yes we are fortunate here I guess not to have the freezing cold Winters that you experience, well not where I live but parts of the country have very cold temperatures, blizzards and snow.

I read your article dear Sarah Sofia about civil courage and honour, very interesting post, I have left you a comment.

Which image at Berry's, did you mean the one of the people 'mooning' the Governor as he left on the train?

I havent sent the e-mail yet, soon.
xo ♥

/t. said...

lovely, dianne,
but now i know the
location of your secret garden

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

dianne said...

Thanks dear Lee we are so fortunate here with our mild Winters...I hope your garden has recovered from the harsh heat you had in Summer and the damage it caused.
I have seen a few photos you have posted of your garden, it looks especially lovely, the Mollis azalea, the yellow daisies and that beautiful rose.
I am looking forward to Spring. ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear HLiza

I love the many shades of green, the beautiful leaf shapes of so many plants,the fern fronds and the tendrils and stems of so many climbing plants winding their way through the foliage...the native and the exotic are all beautiful to me.
I don't do anything special, my plants thrive on the occasional light pruning, some natural fertiliser, I never use pesticides because of the birds,native animals & small reptiles which live in and visit my garden...just soapy water to wash off any bugs and because of water restrictions I water twice a week...the rest is up to rainfall and Mother Nature...not so hard I love being out there. ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Lil Lambie
yes it is a nice place to spend some time but I still have much to do...I want to plant many more shrubs and small trees and a special flower garden as I still have far too much lawn and it is hard to maintain and requires too much water to keep it lush and green...it looks beautiful but I dont need as much as I have.
Thats my project for the next few months, that will keep me busy and happy. ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear /t.

I'm pleased that you like my garden; yes I have shown you the entrance to my 'secret garden'...but much of my garden looks like this photo, you would have to search for the right spot...did I also mention that it is a 'sunken' garden with more than one hidden entrance... ♡

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

yeah, the governor's and the train was a good one! but no I meant the one below the post about civil courage and honour. the pic of the really fat man onh the bike!

"Good to know" is a "shared blog" where many people can post. If you are interested, you could post there as well, in that case just let me know and I will send you the access information.

While I remember, we've just been in Germany and that experience is covered on the "anders-wohnen"-blog.

http://anders-wohnen.blogspot.com/2009/07/trip-to-hambourg-kurzreise-nach-hamburg.html

It seems most Germans did read the english text, otherwise they probably would have killed me...

dianne said...

Hi dear Sarah Sofia I couldnt find the picture of the 'fat man riding the bike' over at berry's blog.

Thanks for the offer of posting on your new blog, that would be nice but I have enough problems trying to think up interesting posts for this blog.

The article that you wrote was very interesting and yes I do try to make the right choices, its not luck my dear its just a matter of my inner voice speaking to me, knowing the difference between right and wrong and obeying my moral compass.

I sent you an e-mail earlier this evening, I hope I have answered all of your questions and put your mind at ease. xo ♡

laughingwolf said...

pretty neat, dianne... nothing like it in halifax...

dianne said...

Thanks dear laughingwolf , yes it is lovely for a Winter's day but I'm sure there is just as much beauty in the landscapes of Halifax.♡

foam said...

just lovely ..
:)
a sunken garden? sounds truly hidden and magical, actually. :)

The Phosgene Kid said...

No such things as "trees" only cactus!!

dianne said...

Thank you dear Foamy gosh I have missed you...I left you two very special comments at your July 16 post. ♡

Yes it is a sunken garden and it is part of my wild garden...it has natural rocks, some rock ledges surrounding it on three sides and lawn in the fourth side and as it is on the lower part of my garden there are five natural rock steps leading down.
I have planted little pockets of natives, ferns and exotics in the spaces between...it has a huge sandstone base and I dug out all of the soil to reveal this beautiful rock.
When we get heavy rain it fills with water and in the hot weather with the shade of the trees it is a very cool place to sit...it does drain of course as the sandstone is porous and some of the water spills onto the lawn.
It looks a little messy at the moment because too many weeds have moved in...the birds have brought me many new plants and the frogs just love it...you should hear them singing when the water is there...yes it is magical. ♡ xoxo

dianne said...

Hello Phossy dear, very nice to see you as well...I hope you are feeling happier now? ♡

I only have a few cactus which are in a pot but I do have some pretty succulents, aloes, kalanchoes and an agave, I must post some photos of them one day. ♡

puerileuwaite said...

I'm always worried that the police will find MY secret garden, and then I'll have to move to California and claim I suffer from Glaucoma.

Sparrow said...

How nice that you have a winter garden! I have winter sticks.

Bradpetehoops said...

I do love those tress in the picture sad to say even some government agencies cut those tress.

dianne said...

Hello my sweet its lovely to see you, I have missed you and have been wondering where you are.

So you have a 'secret' garden too Puggles my sweet...?

I have many plants and weeds but not the kind of 'weeds' you're referring to, still I guess if you need it for your glaucoma it would be cheaper to grow your own...ever thought of indoor horticulture? ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear Sparrow , lovely to see you here...yes I have a few sticks as well, some of my plants dont survive...I am fortunate that most of my trees are evergreen not deciduous...sometines I think it would ne nice to see some snow and bare branches. ♡

dianne said...

Thanks Bradpetehoops they are lovely trees, they are Eucalyptus Haemostoma or commonly known as 'Scribbly Gums' because of the little 'scribbles' which are made by the larvae of a beetle on the bark, they are not harmful to the tree overall.

I have planted more trees in my garden, some are varieties of gum trees which grow in this area and many other native and exotic trees. ♡

X. Dell said...

I'm kinda laughing at myself for I still get hung up on the seasonal difference.

Are those deciduous trees or evergreens? I'm thinking that you guys have some nice leafage well into winter. For us, by now, most of the leaves would have changed to wild colors, that we then rake and jump into (forcing us to rake again).

dianne said...

Hi dear X.Dell
yes these trees here are evergreen, most of our trees here are...there is nothing as beautiful as the juxtaposition of an alpine gum in verdant leaf contrasted against a landscape of glistening white snow and huge lichen covered alpine boulders.
Not many of our trees are deciduous because we dont have the seasonal differences that you have in the US, we do however have exotic trees (originally imported) from overses )which give us those leaves of glorious Autumn/Fall colours. ♡

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

Dear Diane, thanks for your comments and mail. I am sorry not to have answered before, but the renovations are taking all my time right now, currently we're painting and building in three rooms...

But I hope I will soon be able to answer the mail. May I ask one more thing? What do you do if you should get astma? Do you use medication on a regular basis?

re hamburg: well you see a room in the cellar can't be rented out, so that will have to do for a dining room. any room with a window can be rented out as a hotel room. but mind you they didn't really seem to have any guests... at least not many and the few we saw were really creepy. However the hotel is in a beautiful and expensive area and from the outside the house is beautiful as well. in general the Germans have really horrible design, they think it is nice and not ugly. To me that was one of the reasons why I had to get away from that country. everything is forbidden unless it's been specificly allowed. And art is supposed to be ugly, in screaming colours and peverted. The fine arts are controlled in such a way that nobody can get in and everybody gets so much invalidated that he won't even try to be productive in the field.

having said that, it is very ironic, you find freedom in Germany, also freedom of speach that you don't find elsewhere. like you can drive a decent speed on the motorways. you can't do that in other countries. The alternative health sector is blossoming and when ever you find some treatment anywhere in the world that actually does work, you can somehow trace it back to Germany, Austria or Switzerland... and so does natural food. they produce a number of quite marvelous things at a standard you won't find anywhere else in the world...

so it's rather ironic on one hand they're totally suppressive on the otherhand very much the opposite...

in a way like looking at the tax in Denmark. We have very high taxation, but if you know what you are doing, you can legally, without cheating pay absolutely no tax or at least very little. or look at how it feels to be in the country... the Danes are completely rude, don't care about anybody else but themselves... and yet still that has the positive sideeffect that they will allow you to live in peace and prosper in your own area...

It's like that everywhere, everything always comes as a double-pack... there are always two sides to everystory and to every disadvantage!

Re Berry's post and pic: It's on the Good-to-know-blog, just below the post on moral courage. I just can't send you a link, because he hasn't put in a headline... just stroll down and you see the guy on the bike.

re my food: the fruitsalad is perfect breakfast, 100% healthy and just what you would need to eat and then it's so delicious that you can't stop eating! my boys totally love it!

gotta get back to do more painting... talk to you soon!
love, SSG

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The Mess said...

Your winter green trees looks exotic for me, wonder what smells they got? And the winter temperature seems reasonable..

Guess you don't have to put on winter tyres..

dianne said...

Thanks dear Sarah Sofia ,
Just write to me when you have the time, I realise that you are very busy with your renovations.

I read Berry's article, it was honest and intelligent as usual...I left a comment.

The Asthma? I dont get it very often thank goodness, mainly if its very cold, if I am run down physically or really upset emotionally...I use a reliever when I have an attack. ♡

dianne said...

Yes Boney dear, trees are very beautiful...the leaf colours, the colour and texture of the bark, the flowers for the birds and native bees, homes for so many animals...my garden would not be complete without them...I keep planting more. ♡

dianne said...

Hello dear M
yes my trees would look exotic to you, not the same as your beautiful forests but beautiful just the same.
The fragrance is a mix of eucalytus, sweet gum tree flowers, the lemon oil from my native lemon scented tea tree and many native and exotic flowers.
We have mild Winter temperatures where I live, the temperature rarely gets below 5ºC but parts of my State do get snow, when you visit the snowfields you have to put chains on your tyres. ♡

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

No Diane, I don't think it's bad of you to skip meals. I just think that the experts you are going to aren't giving you good enough advice. They haven't done their job and haven't helped you to get well. It can be done, but they didn't do it; they just temporarely fixed something and then ensured you that other things don't work. I find that rather an act of treason of them. Sorry that it's comming out this directly and in this way, but it always makes me just so unbelievebly angry when doctors are this suppressive and it's even worse when they are being nice and friendly at the same time. It just completely takes the patient's hope away and makes him believe that they can't get completely recover, because the doctor doesn't say they can or allows them to try out something else...

dianne said...

Thank you dear Sarah Sofia for your deep concern for my welfare and health, I wish you wouldnt worry so much about me, I really am fine.
I get around as well as anyone else,there isnt much I cannot do... there are some things I cannot do that would be a danger to my heart and there is no cure in my case for angina...I hardly ever have an attack and it is a chronic condition that has to be managed with diet and some medication.
Believe me I wish I didnt have this condition, I am doing all I can to manage it and maintain a reasonably normal lifestyle...but thinking I can be completely cured is not possible.
Please dont worry about me. ♡ xo

foam said...

good evening .. :)
XO

dianne said...

Hi Foamy dear, I have missed you, I will pop over and say 'hello'. ♡

The Phosgene Kid said...

Keep forgetting you upside-downers have winter when us normal folks have summer. Hard to think of winter with 106 degrees outside.

dianne said...

Gosh dear Phossy 106ºF is hot,I hope you have air conditing or some method of cooling your house...

We 'upside-downers' are enjoying a very pleasant sunny Winter day with a temperature of 66ºF...a very mild and dry Winter...nice now but I'm concerned about what the temperatures will be like in Summer. ♡

foam said...



:)

dianne said...

Thank you Foamy dear. ♡ :) (((big hug)))