Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Stroll Around the Garden

With the sun popping out briefly today it was a good opportunity to go for a bit of stroll around the garden and see how everything is going after all the rain we have had.  
Just look at this beautiful Pink Cassia and its masses of pink flowers.  You can't see it too well here, but in the background is the Pyramid mountain which I have been climbing recently  (have made it to the 3/4 mark so far!)  The Pyramid is a similar shape to Mt Fuji in Japan and the pink cassia almost looks like a Cherry Blossom tree - don't you think?  Okay - you probably DO need a  bit of imagination!
These gazmanias look so happy.   They are such a cheerful flower and really come to life in the full sun.  The little birdhouse window box I painted is a perfect new home for them and they are doing quite nicely.
My front garden is looking like a bit of a jungle!   The magnificent colours of the cordylines and crotons really pop in a sea of green. I have spent a good part of this morning pruning and cutting back all those ferns in the background.  No dainty secateurs for me - I had to use the chainsaw!
Look at these cute little bromeliads climbing up my Royal palm.  I wonder if they will make it all the way to the top?
A gorgeous orchid coming to the end of its bloom.  Look - there's Vinnie and Chloe's little house in the background.  Vinnie and Chloe are our Pink Galahs and that is the little aviary I built them.  In actual fact it is a HUGE aviary.  We call it the "Galah Hilton".
Another happy plant - this time Nodding Violet.   It never seems to stop flowering.  I think I have found the perfect spot for it under the pergola.
What did I say about jungle!   There is actually an expanse of lawn down there - although you wouldn't know it from this photo.

Here are Vinnie and Chloe - they've come to see what I'm up to.  "Hello Vinnie - smile for the camera!"

"I see you too........"
Alocasias, cordylines, crotons, bromeliads..........a real proliferation of colour.   I never grow tired of pottering around in the garden.  There is always something to do and something to see.  It is my sanctuary and the place I go to for serious thinking and decision making.  I have made some of my best decisions whilst shovelling mulch in the garden!
Thank you for joining me on my little stroll through the garden.  Time to pull the gardening gloves back on and head back to the jungle.    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  1. Oh that window box with the gazmanias stops my heart! Hello Vinnie and Chloe! A-M xx

  2. What a beautiful garden you have and gorgeous setting you live in!
    Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to leave such a sweet comment... I sure do appreciate it!
    Have a wonderful day!
    ~ Jo :)

  3. Sharyne your garden is so north queensland and tropical - Love it Sandy x

  4. Your garden is breathtaking!!! I love all of your beautiful plants and flowers (and galahs)...but the little violets are my favourite:) Yay to you for getting to the 3/4 mark on *your Mt. Fuji*, that is an awesome effort!! Hope you have had a wonderful start to your week ~ Tina xx

  5. It's the garden of Eden! So tropical, so beautiful. Yes, I can see why you have to trim it with a chain saw. I think mine will be the same way. And that's okay with me!


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