Thursday, March 30, 2006
This is where we like we like to start our day with a nice cuppa. It's very peaceful with the water gently trickling down the rocks. It's just had an annual clean, the algae on rocks gets a bit out of hand, so it's looking it's best at the moment. This was taken early evening, the underwater light in the pond is just catching the rocks.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
we are so glad we had the driveway and paths paved instead of concreted. we were advised to use seconds because there is always a good percentage of reasonable quality ones amongst the load and the poorer ones (which were very few) were used in inconspicuous places. we've had very few weeds come up , but to our delight we have lots of this verdant green moss in our shadier spots. It's worth a click for the larger image to see the detail.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
With this little frog we can see the distinctive markings that give it the commmon name emerald spotted tree frog. They are not normally so visible in the day. This one was in a bromeliad hanging near our back door, it was accidently disturbed and jumped onto this plant. They are slightly warty, I always hope people don't mistake them for cane toads. Double click on photo for better view of emerald spots
Thursday, March 23, 2006
If you like watching long tennis matches you won't mind striped marsh frogs, the noise is very similiar to a tennis ball going backwards and forwards, except after heavy rain then it's like fire crackers on chinese new year. They don't keep us awake,and the neighbours have never complained. So this is tockie the marshie, I can never find them in the day, they are usually under the rocks, I caught this one under torchlight.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
This is our garden chess set, It's made from sandstone and volcanic lava rock. We've just started our first frog garden tournament with the family. It's quite strange playing a game with real pieces on a board after playing online for so long. There is so much more atmosphere and intrigue when you play with the real pieces. I suppose Gameknot ( the chess website) fulfil a need as very few people have the time to play a game through with so many busy lifestyles today.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
This is the very back of our block It's mostly tropical plants Bangalow and foxtail palms, cordylines and dracena's. It's still quite young and not yet the jungle look we want to create. The pathway is starting to weather nicely with moss growing between the pavers and babies tears encroaching from beneath the rocks. As the pathway curves around we pass a poinciana tree, (which unfortunately we had to have lopped and poisoned because it was lifting the driveway) to which we've attatched a variety of bromeliads. These plants are actually epiphytic so we are hoping the tree will be completely covered eventually.Then as we round the corner this is our shade section with a rich assortment of subtropical plants. We love to inspect this part of the garden early mornings as the birds are singing and have our first cuppa of the day in front of our water feature
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
This bromeliad is one of the neoregalias. It sits on the top of our outdoor table and has become a very popular spot for our frogs. you'll spot the green tree frog in the top quarter of the photo, with a close up further up. The following day there was an emerald spotted tree frog in exactly the same spot. I think they must feel feel very secure in these plants .
Friday, March 10, 2006
We'll give our frogs a rest today, this is a grafted eucalytpt outside our bedroom window. It flowered abundantly this summer. It's rootstock is eucalyptus ptychocarpa (swamp bloodwood) chosen for it's hardiness in the normally wet and humid queensland summer. It's a beautiful sight to wake up to on a midsummers morning.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
This is a favourite area of our garden, with a variety of bromeliads, (frogs love them) cordylines and a few native orchids. On the fence we have a number of elkhorns and in the hanging baskets there are a variety of miniature hoyas. We've become more interested in hoyas since an original one that we planted had flowered beautifully this spring/summer. There is a variety of hoyas available, they have exquisite flower heads, some strongly scented. It's lovely to walk through this corner on a summers afternoon when it's bathed in 50% sunlight pleasantly dappled by the overhead trees.