Mrs Flowers Make-over

Mrs Flowers has been the mainstay of the permaculture garden of old. She has been proud to be able to ensure the garden was always cared for, whether keeping predators at bay or providing a place for the homeless, bringing them to her bosom so that they have a place to shelter and feel safe.

Mrs Flowers has been not feeling herself of late and with the gardens renewal, being filled with all manner of edible plants, she thought that she should really tidy herself up. “A new me!” Mrs Flowers was purported to have said. “I need to have a touch of make-up, a new dress and hat. That’ll do me just fine.”

A stylist was summoned to help Mrs Flowers find her new look and after much deliberation, Mrs Flowers decided that her old self, an Aussie woman who stood stead fast in her usual get about the farm wear of a skirt and old pink cardigan with a straw hat placed resolutely about her head, needed to go. Mrs Flowers intimated to her stylist she wanted to have a more worldly look so the workers were sent forth to find the necessary accoutrements to give Mrs Flowers her new look so she may once again enjoy the garden.

Meet Mrs Flowers before her make over

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Once you have seen Mrs Flowers face before her make over, you can never forget it.

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The stylist made sure that Mrs Flowers new look fitted just right.

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And her make up  gave Mrs Flowers the look she wanted.

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And now there has been a few changes she decided it was time for her to change everything. So may I now introduce you to Senora Flores from Peru.

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Senora Flores can now once more look over the garden to make sure those who would like a free feed think twice before venturing into her gaze.

brian

Around here at Christmas

I have had some new visitors to my garden over the past week or so. First of all, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike sat in the tree near me

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and a while later, way over there, collecting small twigs for a nest I guess. It has been quite a while since I last saw a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike around here.

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The other new one arrived a few days ago….meet the White Cheeked Honeyeater

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They are quite athletic when getting into the blossoms

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No blossom is safe

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The Little Friarbird arrived about the same time

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The everyday things wanted to be discovered or rediscovered. The birds and flowers that are nearly always here at the same time most years seemed to attract my attention, perhaps it was the light or as with the Leaden Flycatcher, seemed to sit and pose for a while which is unusual for a bird who just loves to flit about the bushes and trees singing at every stop.

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As usual the Noisy Friarbirds dominated this part of the yard as well. They have a never-ending flight between the Honey Gem out the front, and the Callistemon out the back, trying to stop all the other birds having a snack. They certainly love to swoop at the bushes to scare the other smaller birds. Or they will sit there trying to give the death stare to anyone who is anywhere within eye shot.

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The poor little Scarlet Honeyeater is always on the look out when it grabs a quick snack before the bullies come back from their other bush protection flight.

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But always get a good feed

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Willie Wagtail managed to get a cicada and was banging it about the tree branch

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Elsewhere around the place, things are looking good with just the right amount of rain to keep everything growing and flowering. I looked down the back and saw a lot of yellow flowers. I thought I had the Fireweed beaten and was a bit dismayed at seeing the many spots of yellow everywhere!!! Having a good look up close I was relieved to see it was a little native star-shaped yellow flower.

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Sitting among the star-shaped flowers was this little one as well. Many of the native flowers here are very small, around 10 – 15 millimetres in diameter.

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Some of the white flowers are just waiting to burst out.

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While some are out enjoying the sunshine already

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There are a few little yellow fluffy flowers that are more like Fireweed.

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In the trees, the Spangled Drongos enjoy having their weird sounding conversations.

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Which didn’t bother the King Parrots very much as they were more intent on seed hunting.

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The Figbird was looking rather splendid as it hopped about the lower branches

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Just looking about

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I don’t think I have ever looked at one of the many blooms of the Agapanthus flower before

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The little pink Grevillea flower is quite small and I don’t think any of the honeyeaters visit as most of the flowers are intact.

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All over there has been a certain busyness which has even effected the insects. Some ants were marching up and down the wall

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While a grasshopper thought that some of the indoor plants were worthy of investigation to ascertain their edibility

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I guess anytime around here there is always a young Red-necked Wallaby. As I haven’t included at Joey shot for a while, here you go as I know a lot of you like these fluffy little blokes.

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There’s been a bit happening around here hasn’t there…..

brian

What happens on a weekend

Some weekends turn up the most amazing things. I like to wander about, discovering…finding that special thing that almost asks for my attention. Well, not all like the limelight….you know – their 15 minutes – in some cases thats probably a life span – so they make things difficult. While others are quite content to show their best sides….or some just pop up at the right moment.

So off we go….as usual if any one know the name for anything in any photo, please let me know.

First, I found this bug who was hard to convince that it was a star. The bug, I call a shield bug, who said “no way I am in too much of a hurry…

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The bug even thought that getting up somewhere high would be a good deterrent from all the attention….

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Did you notice the little photo bomber….that miniscule beetle had three yellow spots on the head area.

The the shield bug decided that if it sat on the lens, it wouldn’t get its photo taken….

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Thought, probably, that a bit of colour to splash around would just be the way to be seen….

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A final close up and it was off to see what was else where around the place….didn’t see it again all day.

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While we are looking at bugs, it is amazing what could be in a flower….a flower as weird-looking as a ginger plant harbours many an insect….remember that little spider in the ginger flower? I couldn’t find anyone in the flower but there has been a very small spider living in here who more than likely has been snatched by a wasp and taken off for “an adventure with the family”….

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There are plenty of insects about at the moment…..so there are quite a number of birds enjoying a morsel or two.

Some of the birds are quite obvious with a sweet melody like the Fig Bird…..

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Other remain in the background

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Others, like the Wonga Pigeon just strut about on their daily ritual

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A bug must have been struggling in the long grass and a Lewins Honeyeater came along, offering the bug a lift…..off he flew…helping the bug. The bug had a great view from the birds beak….the bird is just ready to pick the bug up…

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Amongst the grasses were some quaint little fungi….this mushroom is about the size of a 20c piece….

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I love how birds fluff themselves up…..thats all….

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One of the best things about this time of year, flowers are appearing for summer. You saw the shield bug on the frangipani earlier but I love this hibiscus…the colours and blend of shapes…the colours….

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Hope you enjoyed some of the things I see when I am out and about….