Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Extra accomodation

Sorry I've been a little slack posting of late. The last of the warm autumn days inspired Larraine and I to create a few new garden projects, one of which was the use of some old clay plumbing pipes which I managed to pick up at a second hand building supplies. This is probably not everyones cup of tea, and you'll either love it or hate it no doubt.
My purpose was twofold, firstly to try and be creative in displaying some new Bromeliads and also making a few extra spots for the frogs to hibernate in. We have three currently at home on the verandah, two Green treefrogs and one Emerald spotted treefrog.
I'll try and post photo's of the two projects over the next few days. Happy gardening.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

C'mon aussie, c'mon c'mon

Walking around the Brisbane botanical gardens today
I wondered if their taps were getting ready for the
world cup. My apologies to any overseas blogger
friends for being a bit parochial

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

An interesting piece of nature

I spotted this delicate little white sac hanging from the elkhorn fern
about four weeks ago. Not being an expert in these things my guess
is it's probably a spider egg sac.
Looking at it I thought how marvellous it would have been to see
whatever it was do it's work on a time lapse camera. The initial thread
that dangles from the frond would have to be quite well bonded to
withstand any wind or disturbance. I had a look today and it's still
there. I'm always amazed at the little intricate things of nature we
can find in our gardens

Friday, May 05, 2006

Beautiful one day , perfect the next

Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Thats the slogan the tourist bureau use to entice people to Queensland for a holiday. It probably applies more to this time the year than any other. The mornings are crisp and the days are bright and sunny. Pictured is new growth of Syzygium luehmannii (small-leafed lillypilly) a native tree from the rainforests of eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales. It bears panicles of small creamy white flowers in the summer which in turn produce coral red pear-shaped fruits in dense bunches. I've actually tried the fruit, a little tart but quite edible. I'm not sure if it's this particular Lillypilly or not but some people make jam out of the fruit. So this last flush of new growth before the winter is our garden's offering of autumn colour.