Like a tiny Petunia, the Calibrachoa or Million Bells is a delightful trailing perennial which loves a position in the full sun. These plants which were given to me by one of my nieces three or four years ago still flower well from spring to summer. A swaying light green Liriope adds form and colour when the Million bells finally cease flowering.
Hidden at Lavender Bay near North Sydney is the secret garden of Wendy Whiteley. Well worth a visit, this amazing space has been transformed from a waste land into a beautiful rambling garden. My sister and I were lucky enough to visit on a perfect Spring day and took some photographs of the garden and Wendy’s house with its distinctive white tower.
Kangaroo paws with their amazingly complex flowers and lime green strappy leaves make a beautiful pot specimen. Forgetting to cut this Kangaroo paw back until the plant looked almost dead, I was amazed in early spring after a trim to find many tiny flower spikes emerging almost instantly from the cut leaves.
The Peperomia plant – which also makes a good ground cover – with its light green foliage, yellow flower bracts and red stems make a perfect specimen for this old kettle. A potted Peperomia was given to me by my sister quite a few years ago and I have taken cuttings whenever we moved house – this is a clone of the original plant.
My granddaughter and I built these little buildings – Fairy houses at leaf town – at the roots of a lovely old tree. Not long after these photos were taken the chickens decided to scratch around the area with disastrous results.
I photographed these beautiful Flannel flowers while visiting the Tilligerry Habitat in the Port Stephens area of New South Wales. Soft creamy or white petals with green tips surround a pin cushion centre.
As the area surrounding our pool was very uninteresting, we built some raised gardens using coloured steel panels and pine sleepers, then filled the garden beds with 1½ cubic meters of compost enriched soil. The plants we selected included – Blueberry Ash, Photinia, Murraya (orange jessamine), Polygala, Strelizia (bird of paradise), Dietes and Rosemary. We mass planted beside the fence on the north boundary with Chinese star jasmine. A few garden ornaments, a Flowering Ash and pots of Indian hawthorn and long leaf Fig – ficus neriifolia – or (willow leaf fig), add interest and soften the area.
Freshly watered, these brilliant Gazanias are a beautiful contrast to their dark green leaves. Growing in fresh potting mix in a sunny position they continue to delight.
One evening, we were delighted to find these green tree frogs on our back deck. Surprisingly they allowed me to approach them and take some very close-up photographs.
- A small Raku fired pagoda near our pond.
- This delicate fern blends in well with the rugged little pagoda.
- The pretty ground cover is creeping towards this garden lantern.