March 8th, 2012, 09:05 AM
9 months till our next hot Summer. Yay! Must be Spring in the cold countries so I hope to see someone else's flowers and gardens soon. To start this thread though, a Blood Lily, Haemanthus coccineus. Given to me by my S.I.L. and flowering for the first time. :thumbs up
Then a Kniphofia(red hot poker). I rushed out the other morning to try and get a photo of a New Holland Honeyeater that was feeding on the nectar of this plant, and while I failed because that bird had flown, I did get a photo of this female Crimson Rosella, a very rare and welcome visitor here. The male is a stunning bird and I am hoping they are shifting into this area.
March 8th, 2012, 09:31 AM
oh my god, I love that bird, can't imagine seeing them flying free. our snow is starting to melt, have unseasonally warm weather right now, I see flooded basements in the near future
March 8th, 2012, 10:19 AM
I love that Rosella, too! Hope you can manage to catch a shot of the honeyeater later, GF! :D
That blood lily is pretty!! I've never seen one before...
March 8th, 2012, 08:49 PM
It would be fasinating to see a bird outside like that instead of robins and sparrows all the time.
March 8th, 2012, 09:50 PM
Here is a link to Crimson Rosellas. We saw them a lot as we drove down beside the Grampians Mt range to dog shows at Hamilton but all the time we have lived here I've hoped we'd see them shift into this area.
Our common Rosella here though is the Eastern rosella.
We often have these in the garden and see small groups of them in the forest opposite us, or along roadsides. Strange that they are so colorful against our very drab 'bush'.
The Blood Lily is strange, Hazel, it puts up two huge leaves, then when they die down you get these red shaving brush-like flowers. Quite expensive to buy, prices range from $13.50 a bulb to $33 or more. Glad mine were a gift. :D
March 9th, 2012, 09:33 PM
I thought the crimson one had amazing colors, but so does the Eastern. Are they really loud birds? I wouldn't care how much noise they made, they are beautiful.
March 9th, 2012, 10:13 PM
So different, our N.American birds and the birds of the rest of the world. Thanks for sharing your birds with us Goldfield.
March 9th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Lindapalm, the Eastern Rosella is the smaller of the two ,28 - 33cm, compared to the Crimson's 35 - 38cm. Now this is taken from my bird book. Voice of the Eastern is "Bell-like 'pee-pity, pee-pity' on one note. High ' clink, clink' in flight". Quite unobtrusive really. The Crimson on the other hand is "Brassy 'kweek, kweek' in flight, 'p-link, p-link'; bell-like whistle, perched" . That bell-like chiming call is very nice, but the 'kweek, kweek' is noisy, one flew by just before I started this.
We also get heaps of smaller, pretty birds like Red-Rumped parrots, Musk Lorikeets and Purple Crowned Lorikeets, and just the occassional Rainbow Lorikeet. The really noisy ones though are the ever present Galahs, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Long Billed Corellas. Big flocks of them that come in to drink at our dam and spend the nights in our trees so they can wake us up at dawn, screeching . :evil: When it rains after a long dry spell they go nuts, Hanging upside down from branches, wings spread out for a chance to bath, flying madly in all directions, you can easily see how they are loving it. :D
March 10th, 2012, 09:46 AM
It must be fasinating to watch all that color in the sky. We only have blue jays or orioles, which don't even come close to yours. What do they eat?
March 10th, 2012, 07:29 PM
LOL. Funny you should ask, lindapalm, because this morning I discovered that Crimson Rosellas eat pears. I wondered why she was hanging around when we had no berries on our cotoneasters, then found her trapped under the bird net on our pear tree. We'll take the net off so she can have the pears without getting hurt, pears being cheap to buy. Oh, she safely made her escape by the way. Basically they are seed and fruit eaters, with some insects.
I thought I might include two better photo's of the Haemanthus coccineus, to show how it grows, with that very thick stem. Last photo is the rose, Just Joey.
March 24th, 2012, 09:10 PM
Sorry I've not posted in this thread for a bit, I wasn't gardening due to health problems. Now the roses are just starting their Autumn flush so here are 3 to start with.
Brilliant Pink Iceberg, which I like because of its pink stamens.
A mystery rose. Labelled as Claire Austin when I bought it but it looks more like Twilight Mist to me. :shrug: Nice anyway.
March 24th, 2012, 09:24 PM
A new Grevillea I bought for the honeyeaters to enjoy.
The birds love this red Nerine.
A plain orange geranium.
March 24th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Something a bit different now. A Bromeliad. Wickedly sharp points on the leaves. I thought I'd put it somewhere safe, out near the front birdbath, but it still got me when I was filling it! :eek: :D
This rose is 'Leander'.
Cheating a bit here, this final flower is a Banksia up at my friend's place. Her property is sandy so she can grow these Natives, but down here we have clay, worse luck.
March 24th, 2012, 10:03 PM
Very cool bromeliad and that Banksia is something else! Beautiful roses, as usual!! Do you see a lot of honeyeaters?
Hope you're feeling better!
Oh--and I thought of you the other day. A stray 'red heeler' was found in the county and ended up at the shelter. I mentioned that it looked an awful lot like an Australian Cattle Dog...heheh...which, of course, it was! :laughing: I had no idea (or had forgotten, take your pick) they were the same... :o
March 24th, 2012, 10:06 PM
Can't finish this without a 'pretty in pink' post.
First one of the Asters I particularly liked.
The rose 'Skylark'.
March 24th, 2012, 10:08 PM
That aster is stunning! Ours are mostly white or lavendar/blue. Your crepe myrtle blooms in fall? I think it's a spring/summer bloomer here (but I could be wrong since I've never had one).
And surprise!! Another beautiful rose!! :D
March 25th, 2012, 10:45 AM
It is a pretty pink Aster, Hazel, a real nice shade of pink I mean. Yes, the crepe myrtle is blooming now, but that's actually my friend's tree. We had one when we first came here, a much darker pink than that but it died, I was an even worse gardener back then than I am now. :D
We mainly see New Holland Honeyeaters, White plumed Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Miners, but get annual visits from Blue faced Honeyeaters and maybe 8 others on rare occassions. Our prettiest were Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters but they have only been here once in 35 years. A recent visitor is this little Restless Flycatcher, aka a 'Scissors Grinder' because of his very unique call, continuous whirring hisses as it hovers. Unmistakeable. It lives in the forest opposite us but usually appears in the garden at this time of the year. It has a small erectile crest.
I'll forgive the confusion about the name red heeler. :D Look how many people kept calling GSD's Alsations after the name change. The breed was originally shown as Australian Heelers, and of course you either owned a red heeler or a blue heeler. Hope the one there finds a good home. They're a great dog.
March 25th, 2012, 01:34 PM
That's a sweet little flycatcher! Here, flycatchers tend to be a pretty drab bunch--mostly brown or olive with the occasional wash of yellow. Your restless flycatcher looks a lot like our tree swallow! :)
March 26th, 2012, 02:00 AM
Do any of your flycatchers hover? This bird, the Magpie, is one of my favorites. They carol beautifully, they are so intelligent I had one mother bringing her youngsters over here to eat the cats' food, and while they are a common bird, I just never get sick of them. In this photo two Magpies had been checking out my sheep feeders for leftover crumbs of ewe supplement pellets. :D
March 26th, 2012, 06:33 PM
Magpies in the US tend to be opportunists, too. :D They're not found around here, though. I'd have to go further north and west.
The master-hoverers around here are the hummingbirds, which hover to drink nectar and can fly in any direction (including reverse). North American flycatchers, on the other hand, are for the most part drab little guys that gather insects by hawking. They can hover, but only for a brief amount of time, usually only as they grab an insect and are about to fly back to the perch they're hawking from. And most of the smaller species all look alike--they're the devil to try to identify unless they're vocalizing.
March 26th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I'm almost certain we do not have a bird here that can fly backwards, Hazel. LOL. Amazing. I'd swap you all of these for one little hummingbird. :)
March 27th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Ooooo...if they were mine to give, I might take you up on that! :laughing:
March 27th, 2012, 01:58 AM
LOL. We always want what we haven't got. I find myself wanting Queensland birds down here in Victoria, and it isn't going to happen!.
March 27th, 2012, 08:21 PM
I would take you up on that too, if I could. It would be great to look up in a tree and see those birds. Are you going to miss your flowers, now that Autumn is here, or are you glad for a break?
March 28th, 2012, 02:37 AM
Autumn should be okay, lindapalm, because the roses will have an Autumn flush, but Winter will be depressing. Although ..... last year I may have had flowers all year round. You could have all the noisy white cockatoos, the Galahs here are more to my liking, a quieter, gentler bird. They were feeding in the paddock last night and glad they could find something to eat because my sheep can't. We are almost back into drought conditions again, worse luck. I couldn't get closer to the galahs or they'd have flown off.
March 28th, 2012, 03:57 AM
Look who turned up to eat in the garden this evening. Excuse the grainy look, it's taken from a distance at dusk, and my camera is nowhere near as good as Hazel's. A pair of Eastern Rosellas.:lovestruck:
March 28th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Oh, beautiful! Both the Galahs and the Rosellas! They look so exotic to my northern hemisphere eyes. :D
A shame you're getting droughty again. We're in the same boat this spring--they keep promising us rain, but it misses us, and we're coming off a winter with little snow. The forest is starting to get crispy... :eek: I think it's going to be a long fire season this spring. Hope you get some rain soon!
March 28th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Imagine what beautiful photo's you could have got with your camera, Hazel.
I feel for you with your fires season upon you. Yours and mine are great places to live when conditions are ideal. All Spring and Summer here we had to watch storms go either north or south of us, or just drop down to the south before they got here. So ridiculous when so much of Australia has been flooded. I more or less feed lot my sheep. Feed them hay and pellets, so no grass but they're fine. The effect on my garden though is so depressing.
March 28th, 2012, 08:20 PM
You get to see so much color when you look out your window, all we see are black crows and brown sparrows. I, too, am waiting for hummingbirds, not only are they pretty, but interesting to watch.
March 28th, 2012, 08:29 PM
We're getting a bit of a sparrow infestation now too, lindapalm. It happened once before, back when our cats were young, and between them they got rid of them totally. Scared them off most likely, they'd go up to the rafters where the nests were. Now my cats are old I think we could be swamped by them.
March 31st, 2012, 08:45 PM
Hazel, not the best photo's because these are shy birds and I haven't a super zoom, but this is the New Holland Honeyeater. There is a honeyeater that is similar but that white eye makes this one easy to ID. They are small birds, able to hang onto the stalk of this red Nerine to feed without bending it.
March 31st, 2012, 09:11 PM
I think Salvias are good value, both this beauty in the foreground, and that bright red one in the background seem to always have flowers.
Getting up close to a Just Joey bloom. This rose never has a poor bloom. A must have I think if you like roses.
This is the orange Agastache I bought, with the pink and salmon one behind it.
I was unable to make it to a local monthly market yesterday so phoned a friend at about the time I knew she'd be studying the roses for sale there. She got 3 for me :thumbs up, Admiral Rodney(exhibition form HT, light pink to darker mauve shadings, beautiful perfume, about 40 petals), Folklore( HT, vermillion salmon with a yellow reverse, very showy, fragrant), and Granada(HT, blend of pink, reds and yellow, good form and spicey fragrance).
March 31st, 2012, 09:53 PM
Beautiful plants and beautiful bird, GF!! :cloud9:
April 1st, 2012, 10:54 AM
Thanks, Hazel. Beautiful dog too, but then I'm biased. LOL.
April 1st, 2012, 10:27 PM
lol I totally missed Jarrah in that shot till you mentioned it! I was so busy looking at the flowers. :D
April 2nd, 2012, 01:22 AM
Hehehe! She wasn't hiding. I can't wait to get satellite, Hazel, I went to see your albums on Facebook today but it takes soooo long on slow dial up.
Here are some roses belonging to my friend, the first especially has been bumped to the top of my wish list. Superb fragrance, even nicer colouring than the photo shows.
It's nice having a friend with plenty of room to grow roses, and with a passion for them, I can look at hers before I consider buying them(or not.)
April 2nd, 2012, 08:33 AM
I can see why they're on your wish list!
April 2nd, 2012, 08:46 AM
These pics are lovely GF!
April 2nd, 2012, 11:59 AM
Thanks, Marko. It's a quiet time of the year in the garden now, far too dry this Autumn too. Some roses are putting on quite a few buds though.
April 8th, 2012, 02:22 AM
I've had a busy afternoon in the garden. I weeded a lot of my pot plants. Potted some on, to bigger pots. Shifted some to different areas of the garden, and decided to take all pots away from the front of the grarden bed that faces my office, so I can begin planting things like Pansies, Violas, Primulas etc.. Had a snooze in the sun, watched the honeyeater on the Megan's Magic Salvia, then when it was away for a bit rushed for my camera. Here is the result. Oh, I shifted that Salvia, which in hindsight was stupid, now I have quite a walk to see what birds are on it.
April 8th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Very cool, GF!!! Beautiful shots!!!
April 8th, 2012, 09:09 PM
It's getting used to me sitting and watching it. :) Haven't much to show today, just Cosmos Yellow Garden, one of the last Zinnias, and a Pascali rosebud. I must get outside and do some planting, weeding was done before breakfast. :thumbs up
Must say I love Zinnias, hope to plant heaps of them this year.
April 9th, 2012, 12:08 PM
I love zinnias, too...nice pop of color, easy to grown, and the hummingbirds like them! :D That cosmos is very pretty--how tall does it get? I love cosmos, but hubby hates the legginess of them, so I'm hunting for a shorter variety...or a hidden corner of the garden that he won't see readily! :laughing:
April 10th, 2012, 12:22 AM
That particular Cosmos does not get that tall, Hazel. I love ALL Cosmos but know what you mean about their legginess. I have a dislike at the moment about the way Penstemons sprawl, yet they're lovely flowers.
Had to take something up to Di this morning so here are 3 more of her roses.
April 10th, 2012, 12:28 AM
Probably my last pink Zinnia for the year.
Plectranthus Mona Lavender.
April 10th, 2012, 09:17 AM
Wow beautiful flowers GD and that bird is so pretty.
I love roses but have not had good luck with them. But I keep trying.
April 10th, 2012, 11:32 AM
I've got to say, Sylvie, that I don't have that much luck with roses either, but I keep on buying them. Hehehe! Some people drink, some smoke, some gamble , but my vice is roses. :)
Visited my friend with the young GSD today and gee, he was so pleased to see me. Disappointed no doubt that I didn't have time to throw things for him to retrieve, his body language was making it so clear that I was to follow him out to the paddock for a game. He got the zoomies in the house and floor rugs were sent flying, it's amazing how fast that breed is.
April 10th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Awe and you didn't take any pictures for me LOL
April 10th, 2012, 07:43 PM
Sorry, but the good news is I have to feed her animals next Sunday morning, then I can take photo's for you. :)
April 11th, 2012, 05:05 AM
I'll be waiting :D
April 11th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Is it Sunday yet? Hehehe!
April 15th, 2012, 11:24 AM
Didn't get much time for gardening today, had a couple of more important jobs to get out of the way. Anyway, just 3 roses.
Camp David .
And the third was given to me, I think, as Brilliant Pink Icerberg, but at the moment the flowers look like Blushing Pink Iceberg. Might just be because of the colder weather. :shrug:
April 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Oh, that pink one is stunning, regardless!!!!
April 15th, 2012, 07:18 PM
Yes, I'll be happy, whichever it is. :)
April 20th, 2012, 01:56 AM
First photo's today are for Hazel. A white plumed honeyeater, nicknamed a greenie. Our biggest honeyeater, the Noisy Miner. People often hate this poor bird because it chases off smaller honeyeaters, however I just give the littlies plenty of cover to hide in and manage to have all of them. Last is the Willie Wagtail. Cheerful little bird, but fierce in defending its nest. I've seen a photo of Willie Wagtails trying to chase off a big Wedge tailed Eagle that strayed into their territory. :D
April 20th, 2012, 02:08 AM
Something different now with a couple of chrysanthemums and a sweet little pelargonium.
April 20th, 2012, 02:14 AM
April 20th, 2012, 02:21 AM
Baronne Edmond de Rothschild is said to have a lovely frangrance, but I am not sampling it and finding a spider up my nose. :D
April 20th, 2012, 09:12 AM
Absolutely gorgeous roses, as usual, GF! But those birds have my attention today. :D
I've seen pics of miners and wagtails before, very cool! I didn't know wagtails were so pugnacious, though. :D Are they all that way, or just the Willie Wagtail? I also didn't know that miners are a type of honeyeater!
Have never seen the white plumed honeyeater before. I can see how it gets its nickname. Beautiful birds! Thanks for sharing!
That pelargonium is a delicious color!!
April 20th, 2012, 12:10 PM
I have some photo's of a female Willie Wagtail trying to persuade me to leave her nest alone. They had built it on the handlebars of an old bike, right in the middle, and when I went to take some photo's she put on that same "lame duck" act that ducks will do to persuade you that they are injured, therefore an easier target. She was at my feet virtually, ready to sacrifice herself. :D Brave little things, we admire their courage. I doubt if the Indian Miner is a honeyeater but the Noisy ones are. Our biggest I read somewhere. I love the little greenies but again, they are a bird some dislike because they are rough on the New Holland honeyeaters. Don't know why people worry about that, it's nature and all the species are still surviving.
April 28th, 2012, 01:09 AM
It feels as if Winter is coming fast now here. Started off lovely today, which was just as well, a friend and I went to a local market to buy clothes, roses etc., not so good this afternoon. So, a new bright red Salvia. A bud on the new Pink Parfait rose, and Angel Face.
April 28th, 2012, 01:23 AM
I ordered some roses on line a while back and this next rose might have been in that order. Anyway, my friend bought this one and I have to check my order. :(
Cappucino I did get. Also Papa Meilland, but its blooms were past their best. This will be my third Papa Meilland, :D , it has the BEST fragrance.
And this third one is Shocking Blue. My friend now has this one as a Standard and a bush.
April 28th, 2012, 01:45 AM
Here's another new Salvia, I'm having to salvage this one from a bit of neglect. It should be nice.
Next is Plectranthus Mona Lavender. I bought a new white Plactranthus today, with a much smaller flower.
April 28th, 2012, 12:21 PM
I didn't know you could get the same rose in both standard and bush, GF! I thought is was just one or the other. Very cool....the garden design possibilities are endless! :D
April 28th, 2012, 08:50 PM
That's right, Hazel, endless. Standards are just bush roses grafted onto a rootstock stem. You can sometimes have the same roses also as climbers, depending on their growth habit. A native plant that is becoming popular here as a weeping standard is the grevillea.
April 28th, 2012, 10:26 PM
Goldfields,how do you remember the names of all your flowers, I'm lucky if I remember my own name.
April 29th, 2012, 02:29 AM
I really don't know, Lindapalm, because I actually have a lousy memory due to my hypothyroidism, or maybe all the arthritis drugs that make my brain fuzzy. LOL. It's a mystery. I love gardening though, and I constantly do things to keep my brain active, it'd be nice if it worked.
April 29th, 2012, 09:25 AM
I didn't know that about roses. I knew they grafted them, but I guess I never understood exactly why they did... Those grevilleas are beautiful!
April 29th, 2012, 09:42 AM
Even bush roses are grafted onto a stronger rootstock, Hazel. Only cuttings become 'own rooted', and sadly roses don't do well on their own roots here. The beauty of having own rooted roses, if you can get them to grow, is that if they sucker it is that same rose. With grafted roses it's the rootstock that suckers and it can overpower the rose grafted onto it. The grevilleas are beautiful, yes, and I saw some I'd like when I found those sites for you. They are better bird attracting plants than roses, being native. I have a few, but none of the sensational ones.
May 11th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Here are a couple of new Chrysanthemums, and one that is on its second year here. It's the season, and so many superb plants for sale.
May 11th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Another 'mum. Cutting from last year.
White Maman Cochet.
May 11th, 2012, 10:16 PM
Nice pink Chrysanthemum.
Radox Bouquet - feeling the colder weather slightly.
May 12th, 2012, 09:12 AM
I never realized how nice roses and mums looked together! Love these last three sets of pics! :D
May 12th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Irises and roses too. :)
May 12th, 2012, 03:07 PM
Beautiful pictures, all the birds, all the flowers, stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!!
May 13th, 2012, 11:11 AM
Irises and roses too. :)
I guess roses just look good with anything! :D (Unless you post a pic, though, I wouldn't know, considering my moldy thumb when it comes to roses. :laughing:)
May 14th, 2012, 10:44 PM
I'm just trying to get irises established between the roses now, Hazel, but don't hold your breath waiting for photo's of that. I put the irises in a bed that gets afternoon shade but next plantings will be in full sun with roses.
Jonquil Soliel de Or.(in Autumn?)
The green chrysanthemum at its best.
May 14th, 2012, 10:53 PM
Obviously you can't edit and add photo's. Okay, try again. :D
May 14th, 2012, 11:06 PM
First rose here is St Patrick. Starts off really greenish as a bud, then goes a lovely yellow.
Mme Louis Laperriere.
A geranium that appeals to me seeing it is rather rose-like in the way it opens.
May 24th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Poor little chrysanthemum, someone had to give it a home. The last one at a nursery I visited. I asked the guy did he have any left, he wanted $10 for this one regardless that it was so plain, but while I hesitated, he said $8, then dropped it to $6. :D
Pink Parfait , possibly the last bloom before next Spring. I like the variation in colours.
Pope John Paul II.
May 24th, 2012, 06:21 PM
Obviously you can't edit and add photo's. Okay, try again. :D
You should be able to -- just have to 'Go Advanced' and then it'll let you add pics, I think.
I love that Geranium! Not sure how I missed it back when you posted it! And your new little mum! Sure couldn't beat the price! Maybe if you'd paused longer it would have gone down another couple of dollars! :laughing:
You sure have a lot of lovely plants in your gardens, GF!
May 25th, 2012, 07:50 AM
I don't know about having a lot, Hazel. The antenna lead came off in high wind today, so no TV for us tonight, instead I started looking through my big Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers put out by the Royal Horticultural Society in England. I wish it was a seed/plant/bulb catalogue instead. LOL. (Ian is no doubt glad it's not.) So many things I'd like to try and grow. Bit tired tonight so won't be grooming the next dog.