Gardens evolve, and change with the seasons. They are relaxing places to spend a pleasant afternoon. I hope that you enjoy a selection of photos from my garden, parks and gardens I have visited, favourite recipes and some art work.
These photographs were taken by one of my grandsons.
Elizabeth Beach, south of Forster (New South Wales), is the setting for this awesome photograph of a seagull. Taken in the late afternoon, just as the wave was breaking on the shore, you can see the calm water receding before the foam of the next wave rolls in.
Shadows and footprints in the smooth sand made the perfect backdrop for this seagull, as it watched our approach seemingly unafraid.
I love this beautifully composed photo of our goldfish pond, combining shadows, movement and reflection.
This photograph of the wharf at Mallabulla, near Port Stephens (New South Wales), was also taken in the late afternoon. The sunset created a pink – nearly purple – glow over the calm water of the bay and even rendered the wharf a similar colour.
Surveying the world from the branches of a Melaleuca quinquenervia, commonly known as the broad-leaved paperbark, are these Sulphur-crested cockatoos.
A common sight in suburbia on the central coast of New South Wales, the Sulphur-crested cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. This is a noisy, conspicuous and highly intelligent cockatoo. Its diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots.
This beautiful 40 year old paperbark has grown to a medium-sized tree of about 20metres – large for the front garden of a suburban block. It has provided shade and amusement for the children who love climbing on the sturdy branches, swinging from an attached swing and writing messages on the peeling bark.
These close-up photos – a succulent with its jewel like drops of water; and the seed pod from a liquid amber, showing its multifaceted prickly spines – were taken by my 7-year-old granddaughter. This liquid amber tree has grown to about 20 metres tall. It is particularly beautiful in the autumn, when its leaves change from a soft green to spectacular shades of orange, red and yellow.
My Granddaughter sent me these two pretty photos.
Originally from Asia, the Mimosa (or Silk Tree) has leaves like ferns and beautiful pink puffball flowers.
The Agapanthus grows in clumps and is an excellent choice around a pool or to edge a driveway. Growing in a cluster of blooms on a long stalk, these blue to purple or white flowers with shiny green leaves make an excellent cut flower.