Orange

It may seem I have an obsession with colours over the past month. The Tuesday word prompt from Ragtag Daily Prompt: Orange

There are many an orange fungi
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I love the burst of colour when the Orange Hippeastrums appear in my garden.
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The Orange Trumpet flower looks lovely as it is draped over the old shed.
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The favourite Grevillea, Honey Gem, of the birds, insects and me.
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Another star of the garden
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The Leopard Lily adds a splash of colour to my garden.
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I can’t remember where I found this or what the name of flower is, just a great bit of orange.
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I said there was more orange fungi. These tiny ones pop up through the grass around the garden after some good rain.
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The Dragonfly has a hint of orange
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Just had to include a bird. The Rainbow Lorikeet has such a vivid orange chest.
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A small Orange Palm Dart Butterfly
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Orange

The word prompt from Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge is Orange

Of course we go to nature for our orange. I found a selection that I think work better in a slideshow. What do you think?

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With an orange sunset and clouds to say goodnight

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This is October: Part Three

Part Three is some of the flowers in my world in October

I thought I would segue with some Native Stingless Bees who absolutely love Hippeastrums. This season was fabulous for Hippeastrums.
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This is a Hippeastrum my neighbour Geoff gave me. Have a look at my blog Geoffs Garden
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He also gave me there brilliant orange Hippeastrums.
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The Nasturtiums enjoyed a bit of rain.
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Some of the red flowers were hard to get the colour right. Their mauve insides looked lovely
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The Azaleas flowered well this year too.
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The Gerbera flowered well too
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I am sure this flower was looking back at me.
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A new Bromiliad flowered showing its pink and blues.
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The Blue Ginger was waiting to burst forth.
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Celosia flowers are hard to photograph to show their brilliance
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Same with red Celosia
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Love the veins and purple flower
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The White Hydrangea with its blue “buttons”
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Grafton, the city near my place is the Jacaranda City. This is the road to my place.
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The many little flowers of the Lomandra
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When a Lolly Bush is in flower you follow the scent of lollies to find the flowers.
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The Brilliant yellow of a water plant in my dam
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Now for some native flowers that are around my place. Most of these flowers are smaller than your little finger nail
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The Silky Oak flowers in the morning sun.
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Native Frangipanni flowers in a pot near my front door. In the evening the scent of the flowers is heavenly.
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Back to the tiny Native Flowers.
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I love these tiny purple/blue star shaped flowers.
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Some of the flowers are a bit hairy.
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This native flower is so tiny.
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Another star shaped purple flower
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A Mistletoe in the afternoon sun.
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Only Part Four to go….ready?

Geoffs Garden

My last post, can be viewed here, I mentioned my elderly neighbour Geoff had died. He was a good friend who often came for a cuppa on the verandah on a Sunday to tell of his latest addition to his chooks or what was happening in his garden or have a whinge about his “situation” (I am not going into that as it is too personal and also makes me too angry). He often told of his life, which was very often repeated, where he worked and of his family. One of the amazing coincidences was that we both went to the same High School, although he was there around 21 years before me. He was a great friend to me. Geoff was a Boilermaker by trade and his skills in doing things that i had no idea about, helped my development as a “man of the land”. I helped him in showing him the ways of nature and how the place we live in was very special, possibly developing him as a “bushboy”

There are many a story from the old days but in this I am relating the story of Geoff the gardener whose plants I have in my garden. When Geoff was to go into aged care as he really needed to have the caring he needed, he said to me “come and get as many plants and cuttings as you want” although his family (a cousin and niece as he never married or had any female relationships) did frown upon my doing so.

One of the things he said was that if he died he was leaving me his chooks in his will. Just before he left he asked me to come and get his chooks. A couple are still here, see this link, and are another reminder of Geoff.

Some of the plants I did go to Geoffs’ place and get are flowering and others are well and healthy.

This is his garden. I never took my camera to his place but I did a couple of times. So please enjoy Geoffs Garden.

This is the way into Geoffs place. The power lines to the left are a clearing and the main garden is on the right
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The sign at the front. Geoff said it meant the Gates of Heaven but if my Italian is correct it means Sky Harbour. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it should have been Porte del Cielogeoffs garden_property name_named_oct 2017
This is the only small piece of his garden that I have. The Hippeastrums that year were splendid.geoffs garden_view_named_oct 2017

Geoff  had some Australian native plants in his garden. The Candle Banksia was one my favourites
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There were some Grevilleas but not as many as I have.
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He had a lot of birds at his place as well. Brown Honeyeaters enjoyed his Grevilleas.
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One thing he enjoyed was a huge dish he filled with Sunflower seed, much to my displeasure. I bought him a wild bird mix as it was healthier for the birds but he persisted with his sunflower seeds. His verandah was always overflowing with sunflower seed husks that the Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots and other birds came to his place and feed. The King Parrots still hang around my place but the number of Rainbow Lorikeets has dropped. I don’t have any photos of his big bowl bird feeder.

OK. Back to his garden. These are a selection of his day Lilies. He loved the Port Wine Lily best. I hope I have one of these to remember him by.
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If you look in the background, you can see some of his chooks as well.
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It was a bit of pot luck in getting some of the day lilies as he wasn’t very well and couldn’t remember which plant was which until it flowered. The Yellow Day Lily was a lovely splash of yellow in his garden.
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The pink variety was stunning to come across wandering about Geoffs Garden.
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I have had a number of the Leopard Lilies in my garden. One of the first plants he gave me.
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At the back of his house he built a garden complete with rocks he made from concrete. After a few years you couldn’t tell that they weren’t real bush rocks. Among these “rocks” Geoff planted Golden Lycras. When they flowered the back garden was a blaze with yellow. I have so many around my garden as he was always lifting the bulbs and giving them away.
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Here is the Iris which has been on a number of my posts but not from this angle.
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The Iris with bonus Stingless Native Bees who loved the Iris
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Geoff had a nice selection of Gerberas. This one was a rare Gerbera he had.
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The pink Gerbera really stood out in the garden.
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Geoffs favourite flower probably was Hippeastrums. His garden was filled with all colours of Hippeastrums. It is a pity I don’t have a full record of these wonderful flowers.
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This Hippeastrum is currently blooming in the pot that I collected from Geoffs Garden
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The orange Hippeastrum was unusual.
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Another stunning colour
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This is one of my favourites.
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The almost white Hippeastrum is another rare one. Geoff also had a green Hippeastrum but I couldn’t remember which part of his garden the flower was in.
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Geoff loved the fragrance of Frangipannis.
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This Frangipanni greeted you as you came up the driveway to the house.
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Finally, here is Geoff just a short while before he had to go into care. He was a crusty old coot but a good friend.

Good bye mate

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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The Hippeastrums, The Bees and The Spider

The Hippeastrums flowering this year has been spectacular. Perhaps the lack of rain over winter has been just the thing the bulbs needed. Doing a garden inspection after I arrived home from my holiday, seeing who survived and who thrived, the splashes of red of the Hippeastrums dominated the garden.

For those who are hoping for a riveting story of immense proportions, I am sorry to disappoint. This is a very small story of the very small that live in my garden and a bit of their day.

The tiny native bees were buzzing around the flowers, sometimes there was a line up of bees to get to the flowers seemingly abundant pollen. This little fellers collection sacs were so full, he wobbled about as he landed on the anthers to gather the pollen.

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Nearly all the bees had gathered so much pollen but still went from trumpet to trumpet.

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The bees seemed unperturbed by the small jumping spider lurking at the back of the Hippeastrums trumpet.

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All the while I was wasting time ummm watching to see if anything was going to happen, the spider sat there watching me too I suspect.

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Suddenly there was a small black dot that appeared on the underside of the trumpet. Another jumping spider had changed flowers, perhaps to join the other one inside the flower.

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I love our small world…..don’t you?