A flower from the past

Cee’s FOTD
Bren’s Floral Friday

Yesterday I went for a drive to Jackadgery to get some milk from the only shop and petrol station close to my place. There’s not much there any more. We have a community hall, a bush fire brigade shed and the old school house. My girls started school there and we were a part of the school community as well. The school closed in 1995 or there abouts, as there wasn’t enough children attending (my girls had left many years before to go to high school) and the Government at the time was hell bent on ridding itself of schools like this as they weren’t financial for their liking.

One thing we did to the school grounds was to plant gardens. A lot of them have gone, like the sensory garden, but some of the hardier plants are still going.

I had forgotten about this lovely light pink Hibiscus. Of course I snapped off a branch to strike some cuttings.

Peace in the garden

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #239: Finding Peace
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XingfuMama’s Whatsoever is Lovely

This morning was the time to be out in the garden. While I was out I noticed some new flowers and things growing.

The miniature Hibiscus has been flowering like crazy over the past four or so weeks. The flowers are a deep red but I found this flower with a bit of a splash of white

The Cunjevoi Lily plants mainly grow near waterways. I had one and now I have lots in the garden. They have large leaves about 1 metre long sort of like Elephant Ears plants. There isn’t a flower, the pod just opens to reveal red seeds.
No parts of this plant should ever be eaten as all parts contain oxalates which will cause severe irritation, swelling and pain to the mouth

I love finding a different colour Dianthus among the others in the garden

The stand out, can’t miss me are the Golden Lycras throwing bright dots of yellow/orange throughout the garden

By 11am it was getting hotter, so it was time to retreat inside. (yay for a triple dip)

In the chair, tree or garden

Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Whiskers
Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Violet

“Once I have finished madams hair, perhaps I could remove those few stray whiskers?”

“Ha Ha Ha….she’s got whiskers”

“I really like my whiskers”

Cee’s FOTD

The Leopard Lily is all abuzz

It started like any normal morning. After unfurling from their nighttime rest, the Leopard Lily flowers petals opened to greet the day.

Already the bees started to arrive to seek vital nectar and pollens to take back to their hives. A European Bee was quite engrossed when a Stingless Native Bee saw what was going on.

“Hey you! You big bag of yellow. Get off my flower!”

The European Bee, whose name was Tom, just kept gathering.
“Oy, didn’t you hear me? Do I have to hover here for ages?” said Steveo, the Stingless Native Bee

Not used to being ignored, Steveo flew right up into the flower
“Look at me,” he said right in Toms face, “It’s time we knew who owned what around this garden.”

“Now look around here,” said Steveo, “From up here all the orange flowers you can see are mine.”

“Are you even looking?” “Come up here and see what I’m talking about.” “Don’t make me come down there!” an exasperated Steveo said.

“Go on, off you go…..and don’t come back!”

“Now for a bit to gather and enjoy”
“Don’t these stamen look a treat?”

“Mfheese rr tho gosth….nom nom nom”

“Hey Steveo, looks like you found a good supply there.”
“Yeth,” said Steveo swallowing hard, “these are so good, want to come and share?”
“No thanks, I’m off to Trevs place. I hear he has some coffee bushes flowering,” said Billy with a wry smile.

Nom nom nom. Steveo made sure that all bits of what the flower had to offer, going over the top and shuffling pollen into his pollen baskets below.

Going along the stamen like this gives……well I’ll let Steveo tell you.
“As I move down, I scrape my rear legs where the pollen baskets are and pollen fills the baskets.”
If you look really hard that little orange ball at the Native Bees rear is the pollen basket. It looks quite full to me.

“Hee hee, looks like no one spotted me”

Cee’s FOTD
Bren’s Floral Friday #86

The Art Gallery Garden

Cee’s FOTD

Cee posted a Lotus flower. I don’t have any lotus flowers near my place but found a water lily that will do as a replacement.

Today I had my usual Saturday morning coffee at the art gallery cafe. When I was leaving, walking though the gardens, I noticed the sunlight was beaming on the courtyard and the Cape Blue Water Lily was glowing.

I went to my car, grabbed my camera and took a few photos

New flowers

Cee’s FOTD
Bren’s Floral Friday

Yesterday I noticed that some plants that I have in the garden for quite a while have finally flowered. They are from my bestie’s garden and from her uncles place.

Pavonia hastata. A small Hibiscus like flower

I know this one as Chinamans Hat. A species of Nightshade. Sometimes Blue Potato Bush as well