This is November 2018

My last post Time #6 was post number 1,000. I was hoping this one would be number 1,000 but it has taken a lot of time getting it together.

November was where Spring really came to life. Rain in the previous months led to life appearing, flowers brightened, the little native flowers, some only 10mm in diameter sprung up in the paddocks and in the bush. Birds who come to my place over Spring and Summer appeared, in some instances with their chicks.

This is another long post as I couldn’t cut back and also have had a couple of double ups. I have a some things left out as they deserve their own post.

So I recommend getting your drink of choice, perhaps a snack and if you are lucky, someone to bring refills. 😀

I have tried to arrange the photos in some sort of grouping. OK off we go………

Some days saw the storm clouds appear bring some destruction but also welcoming rain
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The water plants on the dams are pleased that the water levels are up
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The Bromiliads in the garden are sending their flower spikes up.
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or just colouring while the flower appears in the watery centre
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One of my favourite flowers, the Cats Whiskers flowered after the rain.
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Day lilies flowered some with multiple buds
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The Dietes, which are all through the garden, showed the borders with their white and purple flowers. If you look on the left side of the flower, you can see a little native bee.
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The pink Pentas were planted two years ago and this year the flowers were prolific.
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I thought these were the last of the Pandoreas but when I walked past today, more have appeared
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I have a miniature Native Frangipanni in a pot at the front of the house. The warm breeze send a delightful scent into the house. The flowers start as white flowers and gradually turn yellow
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Also in the garden is quite a big Native Frangipanni. It is constantly flowering through November. You can see the various stages of flowering from the white and yellow buds, white flowers and then the yellow flowers on their way out.flower_native_frangipanni_pot_garden_named_home_nov 2018

The Gardenias are looking good this year
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Had to show the buds too
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This Pentas is great for attracting insects
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The original red Hibiscus that my Mother bought from her garden when the gardens were first planted many years ago. This was one of my Mums favourites
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This is the bush still in the part of the place where gardens and the old house once were
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Another Hibiscus that had a good flowering too.
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The Grevilleas took a while to flower compared to other gardens around the area.
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This Grevillea flower hangs downwards
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The second year for the Ivanhoe Grevillea and the first flower
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Two Grevilleas in the front garden that always have birds squabbling over the flowers
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I love the pastel colours of this Grevillea
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The Bottlebrush flowers add splashes of red throughout the garden
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The Balsam flowers appear in many places in the garden. The just pop upbalsam_flower_named_home_nov 2018

A Bottlebrush just starting to flowerflower_bottlebrush_new_garden_named_home_nov 2018

One of my favourite small trees is Jacksonia. They add touches of yellow through the bush
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Another small tree in an old part of the garden. The last few years it has taken to flower for months
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A large tree in the garden, a Silky Oak, which is also one of the biggest Grevilleas
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The Eucalypts are flowering following a prolonged dry spell. Some are flowering now and I haven’t seen them flower at this time of year before
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A ground cover flower that I thought had gone but has reappeared. I had an orange version as well. I wonder if that one will come back?
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The Duranta flowers are another flower with soft pastel  colours
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I planted this native in a rockery. The Red-necked Wallabies love it. The constant trimming looks like a benefit as it is covered with flowers this November
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The flowers appear on soft stalks and the spots seem to darken too
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The Hippeastrums looked wonderful this November. The wheelbarrow gardens looked a treat. There is a post about them earlier this month
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The red Hippeastrums seemed very red this year
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A tiny native flower about 10mm in diameter
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You can see how small this native flower is by the grass and size of the leaves
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I love clover flowers
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A Calathea I have in a pot flowered this year with tiny flowers with delicate colour
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This Native flower is called a Smooth Parrot Pea
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Even the patch of Spider Plants flowered
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With the flowers growing well the flower sellers at the market were selling bunches and most market days, sold out before the end.
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Saw this car and just had to get a photo. It is a ute as well as a tad rusty
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The clouds one day were quite spectacular
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What a tiny Grasshopper on the Brunsfelsia flower
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The Caper White Butterflies are migrating. This one is the first to arrive at my place
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The Stingfless native Bees are loving collecting pollen from the orange Hippeastrum
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A Crab Spider showed me his scary end when I disturbed its rest. Not a very big spider either
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Meet Gus, my axolotl. He is always happy looking
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A Noisy Friarbird snacking on a Honey Gem Grevillea
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Noisy Friarbirds always have something to say
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A female Figbird contemplates her next meal
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Always singing around the house and in the forest, a Grey_shrike Thrush was looking through the window
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Aren’t the Masked Lapwings strange looking. They are also called Plovers
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but their eggs are quite pretty. They lay their eggs anywhere. These were on a walkway to the beach.
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Peaceful Doves are always around the housepeaceful dove_tree_named_home_nov 2018
Royal Spoonbills were another of my quests to photographroyal spoonbill_tree_named_lawrence_nov 2018

The ferry cable is as good as anywhere to hang out to dry
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On a visit to a small degraded wetland I was amazed to see the amount of birds there. The flock of Hardhead Ducks was rather largehardhead ducks_wetland_named_casino_nov 2018

On another wetland, where the Royal Spoonbills were, some Pink-eared Ducks also were paddling around
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Eurasian Coots paddled about looking for food
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I was surprised to see a Crested Tern so far from the coast. A Purple Swamp Hen strode around the edge of the water
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Aren’t Australasian Grebe chicks  cute
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A pacific Black Duck was closely followed by a young one
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When you go calling on your girlfriend always take flowers
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The Superb Fairy Wrens hopped around us at the lookout
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Well the sun is going down so it’s time for me to go. Thanks for hanging around with me. I hope you enjoyed my November
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Wheelbarrow Gardens

As promised, here are some of the wheelbarrow gardens we have created over the years. I have also used this post to look at the resizing quality of the photos. I was unsure of using resizing. Let me know which you prefer and if it does make a difference to your eyes please.

The succulent barrow
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The first of the Hippeastrum barrows – resized
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The second Hippeastrum wheelbarrow garden
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My favourite wheelbarrow garden at my besties180930_blog challenge_pink square_wheelbarrow_flower

Hippeastrum – resize 2
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What did you think of using old wheelbarrow as gardens?

Yesterday in my garden

I was on the verandah and noticed all the colour in the garden. I grabbed my camera and walked around getting photos of the flowers. I even found a native Smooth Pea just popped up. This will be a huge post so I think I’ll do a slide show. I also haven’t included all the flowers as it would be too much. There are some flowers I have posted before as well. Maybe I’ll do another post if you want.

I am sure you will know some of the flowers but if you want to know about any of them, please ask. I will group them as best I can.

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Today in the Garden

The word prompt for the photo challenge from Leanne Cole: Flowers

The Brunsfelsia are flowering and this little grasshopper is enjoying the sun
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I could go on and on with Grevillea flowers but here is just a couple. A new planting from a few years ago has a lovely pink flower.
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A standard Grevillea, Robin Gordon, is one the birds love.
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The Hippeastrums are in flower and are a delight of colour scattered about the garden.
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One of the old wheelbarrow Hippeastrum gardens
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The Stingless Native Bees love gathering the pollen from the Hippeastrums 181101_blog challenge_flowers_hippeastrum_stingless_native_bees

In a pot at the front verandah, a Native Frangipanni’s scent drifts into the house. The flowers start as white and as the get older become yellow.
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Pink #30

My last set of photos for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

I have been collecting pink flowers for a while and posting some here and there for Becky’s fabulous challenge. It looks like I have run out of days. So, here is an avalanche of pink flowers.
Where many of my flower photos come from – mine and my besties garden. We both have quite a few old wheelbarrows recycled into garden beds.
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I think this is a Daisy variety.
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I have no idea, a vine of some sort trailing over a fence.
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I love looking into flowers. I love their structure and, as with some of the previous Pink flowers, perhaps and insect or two.
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The Kahlanchoe had a wonderful display this year.
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I don’t know what this one is either. We just called it the “Pink Thing” that is covered with delicate bell like flowers in Spring.
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A large Hippeastrum not pink. Can you spot the pink?
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A lovely pink frilly Hibiscus.
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A Gazinia with graduating pink petals
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

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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