Leaves

Debbie’s quotation-inspired image

“The world is wide.
No two days are alike, nor even two hours, neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike
since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art,
like those of nature, are all distinct from each other.”
– John Constable

Kinda growing

Day sixteen of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare

I was chatting to Becky the other day and I said I was going to do a bit of Begonia propagation the next day. One thing lead to another and Becky asked if I would do a blog about how I do the propagation and grow Begonias. I remembered to take my camera and here is a bit about how I go about getting more plants for little effort.

All you need is:
1 A tray of some sort which drains. I use a foam tray from the green grocer.
2 A very sharp knife
3 Seed raising soil mix
4 Some Begonia leaves. These can be obtained from friends with Begonias if you don’t have any of your own, or somewhere where you can pinch off a leaf or two. Ask at the Nursery and sometimes they may let you take one.

Here is the tray of soil. Smooth out the ridges to make the soil level.

Get a selection of leaves or just one or two to start. Leaves from Tree Begonias don’t seem to work with leaf cuttings. They are better getting a piece of the underground part of the root system which can look like a Ginger plant.

Make sure your knife is sharp and select a leaf to start.

Make a cut into the main vein of the leaf making sure you don’t cut all the way through the leaf.

Or alternatively you can cut a slice from the stem

Making a couple of slices in the leaf can result in a number of plants

I also get leaf cuttings from my favourite Peperomia, the Emerald Ripple, Peperomia caperata using the same method.

Give the soil a bit of a watering to make it damp not soggy. Place the leaves on the soil using a bit of the soil or a small stone to ensure the leaf where the cuts have been made are in contact with the soil.

Here is some plants from last seasons leaf cuttings. The large group in the middle yielded three new plants and the one at the bottom two plants from one leaf.

Out of the tray and into small pots to grow

Soon they will be a lovely show of flowers in Spring

and you’ll have a lot of plants

Here’s some squares so I won’t get into trouble

Connected

Debbie’s quotation-inspired image photo challenge

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We may be the same
but we are different
from the same connection
we exist

We are connected
here
there
everywhere
Some connections prickly
some connections smooth
but there is always
love

Day and night

The 2020 Photo Challenge #21

This week's assignment - Use strong backlighting (i.e. shooting towards the light source, but do not look directly at the sun) to create a contre-jour image where the subject becomes a silhouette, OR shoot the light through flowers or leaves creating a transparent effect.

One for using the sun

One for using the Moon

and lets go inside too. I think black and white works better for this scene

and showing the structure of leaves

This is September 2019

What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.

The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.

There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.

I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
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I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.cow_dairy_named_kyogle_sept 2019
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.ant_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.spider_web_small_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.butterfly_caper_white_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum. butterfly_meadow_argus_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.bee_stingless_native_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
As did the honey bees.bee_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.fly_insect_flower_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.flower_petals_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
The Cacti were in bloom as well.flower_pink_cacti_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?poppy_flower_bud_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.flower_poppy_yellow_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.flower_poppy_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Spring brings out the Begonia flowersflower_begonia_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.bottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.flower_rose_double_delight1_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.flower_rose_double_delight2_named_caniaba_sept 2019
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.leaves_white_fig_colours_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Goldleaves_white_fig_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
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The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.straw-necked ibis_ named_caniaba_sept 2019
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.australian_raven_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
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The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.king_parrot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
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Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.willie_wagtail_chick_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.welcome_swallows_chicks_feeding_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.welcome swallow_feather_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019

 

The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.satin_flycatcher_fence_named_caniaba_sept 2019
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.satin_bowerbirds_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.waterhole_drinking_yellow_faced_honeyeater_white_throated_honeyeater_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.striated_thornbill_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.white-throated honeyeater_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.friarbirds_noisy_little_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.olive-backed oriel_female_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.olive-backed oriel_back_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?olive-backed oriel_looking_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing? gull_dance_named_brunswick_heads_sept 2019
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoonsun_red_named_jackadgery_sept 2019
Other sunsets were quite orange.sunset_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
or a blaze of yellow!sunset_fires_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.sunset_fires_orange_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.sunsegrass_seeds_insect_named_caniaba_sept 2019

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.

Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons

 

This is May 2019

Here we are to have a look at my May. I didn’t take many photos to add to this post that I haven’t already shared in some of the photo challenges I contributed to in May. Again the rainfall at my place was very sparse but some of the Australian Native plants had some flowers which received a water from the dwindling water supply in my dam. I have been trying to ensure that most plants in the garden survive by a bit of water every couple of days, hoping I can harden them off for Winter. The weather has been quite warm during the day – mid twenties and the nights were in the low teens so I think some plants may be a bit confused with warm Autumn days.

I don’t think you will need supplies to have a scroll through This is May 2019

Let’s get hopping
I don’t seem to take many photos of Kangaroos, so when some were in a nearby paddock when I was out, I just had to grab a photo. This male was quite wary of my and I made sure I didn’t venture too close as he may have thought I was a threat to his female and joey
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The She Oaks or Casurinas with the seed pods and hanging leaves caught my eye as I was walking on my place.she_oak_forest_nuts_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
A small shower of rain and the mosses and lichens appearedmoss_lichen_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
My besties place had so much rain it didn’t seem fair. It did make for some great photo opportunities. The water drops like jewels on the spiders web one morning.spiders_web_water_drops_named_caniaba_may 2019
One afternoon the sunset lit up everything. The Bottlebrush flowers just seem to glowflower_bottlebrush_red_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019

May was the last huge flowering of the lovely red Hibiscus in the garden
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The sunset, a leaden sky and a red flowering gum.
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The tiny Stingless Native Bees loved the Echinacea flowers. Look how full her pollen sacs are!
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The little Grass Dart Butterfly was almost hidden among the flowers
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The Eggfly Butterflies love the Zinnias
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As did the beesbee_zinnia_named_caniaba_may 2019
Water drops on leaves is a must photo opportunityleaf_water_drops_rain_named_caniaba_may 2019
One foggy morning, the old shed on the property next door looked quite spookyshed_old_fog_morning_named_caniaba_may 2019
While walking about my place, I heard just one slight screech and the sound of crunching. I finally saw the Glossy Black Cockatoos in the She Oak enjoying a snack of seeds high up in the tree.glossy_black_cockatoo_she_oak_eating_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
While further down the track, the Bowerbirds have made a new Bower decorated with blue stuff from all around the neighbourhood. Perhaps a blue peg of mine has gone missing but the rest of the treasures I don’t know where they came from.bower_blue_satin_bowerbird_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
Every afternoon at my besties, there is a fly over of Cattle Egrets and Ibis as they head off to roostcattle_egrets_flying_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019
Most days the Wedged-tailed Eagles are riding the currents high in the skywedged_tailed_eagle_flying_named_caniaba_may 2019
A great first for me was finding a small flock of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins as we drove down a lane near my besties. They certainly had a good selection of seeds to choose from.chestnut-breasted mannikin_named_caniaba_may 2019

Bare trees and sunset is another must try and get a photo opportunity.
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Speaking of sunsets, May had so many wonderful sunsets I had to whittle down the pile into just a few. The red tinged grey clouds looked wonderfulclouds_red_grey_named_caniaba_may 2019
Some sunsets were orangeclouds_lumpy_sunset_orange_yellow_named_caniaba_may 2019

Some sunsets had could formations I have never seen before. They were like lumps hanging below the other clouds
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A grass seed and subset, who could resistgrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
Sunset…….bare trees………the black and red won me over.sunset_red_bare_tree_named_caniaba_may 2019

OK here we are at the end. See I told you it was a short month compared to the mammoth efforts you ave gone through in previous months.
Thanks for taking time to have a look at my world.
Did you have a favourite photo?

 

Leaves

The word prompt from Bren: Leaves

I was looking about as I have taken a few photos of leaves lately, then changed my mind and decided to go with some of my favourite leaves – Begonia leaves. I have quite a number of Begonias in pots. I was first attracted to the leaves many many years ago and then when the Begonias flowered it was a pleasant surprise. No flowers here just a few of the leaves.

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Propagating Begonias is easy. I get a leaf, put some cuts into the veins especially near the stem but not cut through, place in seed raising mixture and keep watered. Begonias don’t mind being a bit dry. Too much water the leaf will rot.

Festival of Leaves 2018

A new photo challenge to join thanks to Terri for link to Dawn’s photo challenge: Festival of Leaves 2018 -Trickles of Yellow

I was surprised at the number of yellows I have as I don’t really have an Autumn season where the leaves fall from deciduous trees. I don’t have any. I live in a Eucalypt forest. So here are a few yellow leaves that I have found.
Stuck to the window after a storm
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They fell together
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Just a yellow leaf
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A tinge of yellow before dropping from the Gum Tree
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A tinge of yellow on new shoots
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