December garden flowers in MtLawleyShire

Despite the heat of an early summer, there are many flowers in people’s gardens, along garden walls, on verges, which makes walking somewhere slow going 🙂

Hibiscus:

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Crepe Myrtle in so many colours:

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tallow candles:

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Magnolia in my garden:

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sunlight absorbers: marigold and poppy-like:

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Mexican rose and crab-apple flower:

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yarrow flowers and honeysuckle:

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and others, the last being morning-glory all closed for the evening:

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Sunflowers and a Bee in MtLawleyShire

Who doesn’t love sunflowers?  These were way taller than me (OK, not tall, me, but even so) and I had trouble taking decent photographs.  I swear they were six foot tall!  Lovely though 🙂

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But – what is here?  Ooo – bee on sunflower!

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Busy bee moving slowly through the intricate landscape of the sunflower’s centre:

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head down, bum up – so much pollen a bee could get drunk 🙂

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bee traversing the pollen-laden circles

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and this is the best shot of pollen-dusted bee and petal bases, and the lovely interior landscape of the flower.

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MtLawleyShire 2016 calendars #4: waterdrops on roses

This is a ‘specialty’ post – I hae had one enquiry for such photos.  Doesn’t mean no-one else can enjoy them 🙂  Most of these would be included in a calendar.

Roses after rain.

Red:

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Deeper red:

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Yellow and apricot roses:

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& one lone pink (that’s in my garden):

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They are pretty.  It has not, I have learned on going through my photos, rained a lot this year at all 😦

But these are pretty 🙂

Mtlawleyshire’s 2016 calendars: 1: Wildflowers

These are photos from which I will choose those to go into the 2016 Wildflowers Calendar.  There are too many photos (soooo many!  I *do* like photographing flowers) for one calendar, but it is merely to present what will likely be included rather that what definitely will be.

Bottlebrush types:

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Grevillea:

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paper daisies:

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trees:

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blue leschenaultia:

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pea flowers:

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myrtle types (fluffballs):

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Banksia;

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others (don’t know their names or types) – & some may be cultivars or not native:

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& kangaroo paws – cultivars but lovely

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If you wish to order a Wildflowers Calendar, let me know.

 

Mid-October Rain in MtLawleyShire

It rained today – in an October that has seen more dryness and heat than is normal.  So I celebrate with a page of photos of raindrops.

On leaves of jasmine:

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on jasmine flowers:

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on leaves of dragon trees:

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petunia leaves:

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on dead tendrils:

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on petunia flowers:

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scorched roses:

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daisies (& the alien exotic is a hoarder, even when barely open):

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magnolia bud:

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and on Bauhinia buds & flowers:

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MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

Buhenia are huge, magnificent trees.  Wide and tall, wonderful beings.  they lose their leaves and flower in Spring, grow leaves and the flowers become long bean-like sed pods that in February spring open explosively, shooting teh seeds far & wide.

A few years ago, I lived on the top floor in a small apartment block – the 3rd floor – and outside the flats was a huge buhenia tree.  A white one.  It was wonderful looking at the flowers at night – it looked like a Japanese painting.

When the seeds were dispersed, all of us in the flats became accustomed to the seeds hitting the balconies and windows.  And they fell into my potplants.  I ended up with a  veritable forest of them – seedlings that continued to grow.  The landlords took most of them (with my permission & thanks) and I was left with two.  I have planted one out the front where the growing conditions aren’t brilliant, but it is growing, slowly.  It has yet to have flowers.

The other is in a pot in my courtyard, and while it hasn’t grown very big, it has in teh last two years, begun flowering.

The other day, when we had a little rain, there were clouds in the east and sunlight in the west – for a moment.  The white of the flowers against that sky was just beautiful:

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and with the bright sunlight on them against a blue sky:

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Just a short post.