The Life of a Hippeastrum flower #1

This year the Hippeastrums in my garden have been wonderful. This has a few photos so I hope you can hang in there. Following are the spears and buds as they appear from among the long strappy green leaves.

I have a lot of plants that have been in the old wheelbarrow for as long as I can remember. I haven’t done anything with the wheelbarrow or plants except water them. The wheelbarrow was repaired by my Dad ages and ages ago.

Dad had a rusted out wheelbarrow body but the frame was good. I found a car bonnet in a place where people used to dump stuff in the old, still bush part of the cemetery, near where I used to live. He made a tray for the wheelbarrow with the bonnet and it’s still going well.

Here, the flowers are trying to burst out

I’m not game to move the wheelbarrow though.

The first part of their life I didn’t have to water them as they grew, it rained for most of the days of their life. I wonder if this bud will produce two flowers or is there a another bud at the very back

Nearly all of the spears are buds now. Photos were taken a few days apart unless there is a significant change.

This bud will definitely a three head flower

Once one started to open, it seemed like a rush of blooms

Almost one-hundred percent of the buds have bloomed. The rain has stopped, slowed down so the flowers have sunshine to greet in the mornings

Every one is out and some are already starting to wane

They are a beautiful flower don’t you think?

The bees love the flowers. After a while around the flowers, these little Stingless Native Bees will fly off with their pollen sacs full.

One by one, the flowers begin to fade, no longer able to hold their head up, the flowers droop, while others shine bright

The last of the rain drops on a shiny red coat

From the one bulb five flowers, each emerging at a different time. Anti clockwise in death.

All are about near finished, drying flowers on withered stalks

The last hurrah, producing capsules at the end of the flower. It is a sort of seed capsule but they aren’t big

Almost finished. Soon only long green strappy leaves will be left.

This is number 11 in my series of “The Life of…..flower” I enjoy looking at all stages of the plants in my garden.
I hope you found the Hippeastrum flowers life enjoyable too.
Number 12 and the next will be #2 of The Life of a Hippeastrum

Cee’s FOTD

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?

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.

This is August 2018

Not a terribly exciting month for photos as I have been unwell with a cold which is not going away. I decided to do two or maybe more posts about August, one is a fairly large post which will be done soon. At least being unwell allows me time to sit at the computer to sort photos and do stuff that I put off as I have lots to do outside before the weather warms up, although this Winter had been unseasonably warm.

Let’s get started. A few mornings have been slightly foggy. One morning, the early morning fog made the bush look quite surreal.
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Some days the clouds were in shapes that made me just stop and look.
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I am glad this Red-necked Wallaby stopped and looked before hopping across the road in front of me.
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A day was spent at an event in town called Wings and Wheels held at the South Grafton Airfield. It was great to see the Grey Ferguson tractors lines up. This one looked like mine.
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One day out and about, we came across this most colourful and crazy garden. Lots of ideas for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge that’s for sure.
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My bestie said it was time for the old wheelbarrow to get a succulent garden. Didn’t she do a great job? All the plants came from pots around the house and garden.
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The hanging geraniums are always in flower.
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We doing things in my besties garden when we felt that someone was looking at us.
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Here is the biggest Brush Turkey from a nearby town, Kyolge.
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Getting home from a drive, the chook decided to detail the car, removing all sorts of insects from the front of my car.
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It is nesting time. I wondered what was going on with the mat on the verandah. The White-browed Treecreeper, normally hopping on vertical tree trunks, gathering nesting material.
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A Spotted Pardalote was foraging among the vines.
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The Welcome Swallows have been nesting in the verandah at my besties new place for years. They have started building their nests too. They are always together.
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A young King Parrot morphing from juvenile to adult
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Checking out the tree tops, an Australian Raven, surveys the scene.
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A Pied Currawong found the berries on a Murraya irresistible.
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The rather prehistoric looking Noisy Friarbird love Grevilleas.
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Eastern Spinebills also love Grevilleas.
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The blue black is lovely as a contrast to the rest of their colours. You can see why it is called a Spinebill.
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The Galah just loved walking among the grass seeds snacking as he went.
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I went down to the bottom part of my property to check on the waterhole. While I was there the activity of birds was quite amazing. A huge flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters were darting everywhere.
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One afternoon, the Moon looked so fabulous against the blue sky. I love our Moon.
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Well there you go. A quick look at my month of August. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment which will cheer me up no end.