Friday, October 16, 2009

Some More Greens .... and some colour

Prosthanthera Ovafolium variegated form - flowers.


I drive past this reserve almost every day, it is a small pocket of native bushland left untouched from a much larger Turpentine forest which was preserved from commercial developement. There was a petition to save the whole forest which I signed of course, unfortunately the developers won.
We must look after our native forests and tracks of bushland and save as many as we can, they are so important for our air quality and are the habitat of so many native animals, birds and insects.
I have been watching this particular plant for a while, I really love the green foliage and now it is flowering it looks more beautiful...I have no idea what species it is, I will have to do some research.

Above plant - photo is over exposed but it's different so I like the effect.

The canopy of the Maple tree from another angle, showing its beautiful trunk and bark.

Some new arrivals, I never come away empty handed from the garden centre, there is always room for one more or three more plants in my garden ;-) ... miniature Pansies, miniature Viola 'Tinkerbelle' and bottom right Anigozanthus - common name - Kangaroo Paw.

Cordyline Stricta, with a cascade of buds in background, Yucca plant to the right and a lovely yellow flowering vine courtesy of my little bird friends. ♥

Please click on any image for a larger view.

22 comments:

foam said...

that's too bad about the turpentine forest. we do need to save as much as we can. at least some of the forest is protected though.

these are lovely photos, dianne. i enjoy seeing the native plants very much and the additions to your garden.

Little Lamb said...

Those plants are pretty.

K9 said...

indeed there is ALWAYS more room for another plant. btw. i got the job! i will start in january..but do some little things in this year. im going to job share with a guy who is going to do all the lifting and landscaping. my gig is more about development, marketing...and get this...blogging the shop. per.fect. i cant wait to buy some fruit trees.

lovely post. i love that my fall is your spring. the best of both worlds!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Lovely, cool & fresh.

Thank you for the kind thoughts at my blog btw. Inspiration has eluded me of late but I am still around.

dianne said...

Yes Foamy dear, it is a shame about the turpentine forest but because of many concerned residents of my suburb a very large area of the forest remains and it is protected.

Thanks I'm pleased that you like my native plants and the new additions for my garden, I like annuals and the perennials because they provide some pretty colours in the Springtime.
I often look at images of flowers on the Net from your part of the world and other countries, there are some really beautiful wild flowers and exotics, so much diversity.
Hope you have a great birthday week-end; as I said over at K9's the world is a much nicer place with you in it and I'm so happy that you are my friend. xoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you Lamby dear friend,
I'm so pleased that you like them, I thought it would be nice to share some photos as I am very interested in plants and I like to look at the species which grow in your country as well. ♡

dianne said...

K9 my dear friend, of course there is always room for another plant, I actually went looking for cosmos seeds, couldn't find any of those pretty yellow flowers like you have but I will keep looking.
Congratulations, I had no doubts about you getting the job, what an asset you would be to any business.
Thats great about the job sharing and no heavy lifting and you marketing and blogging the shop is perfect, they will soon learn what a treasure they have hired.

Pleased you liked my post and yes it is nice to know that your Fall is my Spring, looking forward to some spectacular fall photos from chickory and later some snow sprinkled green pine needles...it must be beautiful to feel that snap of cold in the air and listen to the silence apart from the calls of birds. xo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear J Cosmo it is always lovely to hear from you and yes those colours are cool and fresh.

I just wanted to pop over and say hello to you, it's nice to let friends know that you are thinking of them.
I have 'felt' a few poems lately but they are too sad, I'm waiting for one which is sunshine and happiness...one will come to me soon. xo ♡

findingmywingsinlife said...

Dianne,
I always love your photos of the vegetation around you! I love growing things. Hope that things are going well your way and thanks for stopping over at my blog the other day, you are always very kind to me!

dianne said...

April dear,
Thanks I'm pleased that you enjoyed my photos.
You are most welcome, I always enjoy your beautiful and thoughtful poems and prose...I hope things improve for us both soon, take care. xo ♡

Alexander Dyle said...

Beautiful pictures, Dianne.
Today, I went on a walk in the sunshine. I needed to very much. I needed to listen to the breeze in the trees.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Unfortunately development and greed trump nature every time.

Diane said...

So pretty! It always seems so odd to me that as all our green stuff is turning color and withering away, yours is blooming :)

dianne said...

Thank you dear Alexander , what a beautiful place, thank you for the post and for sharing the beauty with me.
I have left you a comment, I do appreciate your kindness and generosity in sharing with me the things that you love. ♡

I thought in light of Gilberts White's passive approach to identifying birds and your respect for the Natural order of things, you might enjoy this.

"Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things
We murder to dissect.

Enough of science and of art:
Close up these barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives."

Wordsworth

dianne said...

Yes Phossy dear it is a shame that so many forests and places of natural beauty are forsaken for greed and developement.
We did however manage to save a very large area of the forest,at least 200 acres, peacefully and without some of the violence you witness in other places.
It is now a protected natural reserve with pathways throughout for all to enjoy and to keep the public from trampling through the bushland and destroying very small and rare plants.
Thanks for stopping by. ♡

dianne said...

Thanks Diane dear,
yes there is not a great difference in the seasons here where I live, mainly temperatures and rainfall.
There are parts of New South Wales which do experience the same kind of Autumn/Fall weather that you and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere experience, like snow and blizzards.
I am not very far from the east coast so our climate is similar to that of the Mediterranian countries.
We do however have some deciduous trees so I do get to see some beautiful autumn tones. ♡

Corby said...

The plants look so different where you are, but at the same time not similar. I like it when you post them.

-Corby

dianne said...

Thanks dear Corby

I have quite a variety of plants, some are native to this region and I also have many exotic plants as I still like some of the old fashioned varieties of plants for the lovely blossoms they produce. ♡

puerileuwaite said...

Curse you, o dreaded Turpentine Forest, for defying my repeated attempts to depict your beauty by thinning my paints!

dianne said...

Pugsley sweet thing I am surprised that the development was allowed to proceed as there are only small pockets of turpentine/ironbark forests left around Sydney, it has become a threatened species, though it is not the only tree from which turpentine can be sourced. ♡

Leovi said...

No doubt a nice place for photos and for your detailed descriptions. Besos.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Leovi
yes some are from my garden and some growing in this reserve which is a very nice place to walk.

Besos xoxoxo ♡