SPRING.

Officially. But I don’t think it counts until the rain comes. By which time we’ll be gasping , parched and grumpy. Not necessarily in that order!

I can’t change the ancient rhythms of the planet. Not all by my own self. But there is some truth to many people being capable of great things, together. Yeah, like global bloody warming!

I have photos!

An un-named orchid, on a palm. The Man discovered it when he was clearing that area of the jungle. And this is the reward!

And it has a sweet, spicy perfume!

One of the taller, darker Crotons.Yes, that black leaf on the right IS that colour, though not all leaves on the plant are. But damn! it’s a knock-out next to a bright lime!

The cuttings I took of the dinky little “spoon” crotons have rooted and are on the docket for potting-up.

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And somewhere, somehow…I managed to pick up a virus! Not *that* one, Just a common rhinovirus. I thought adding a rhino to the menagerie might be a giggle.

Rhino from Cincinnatti Zoo.Image from web.

But I gargled regularly (sparkling wine) and cut the housework back dramatically and read a stack of books and am feeling up to today’s Major Task…the pruning of the huge, out-of-balance Grevillea “Moonlight.” This one….

Not much to say and rather a lot of housework to whip into line!

UPDATE Remember how chuffed we were to discover this Grevillea? Well, apparently,I mis-identified it.

Yesterday, I scrambled up to the fence and found the entire tree (on the neighbour’s property!) was a mass of flowers. I now think it is (probably) Xylomelum. Still in the Proteaceae clan, but NOT G, insignis.This link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylomelum_pyriforme has a good picture of the leaves and I’ll try to upload my own photo. Took a bit of fiddling, but here’s mine! So, a “woody pear.” I also noticed that the flowers are squirming with tiny caterpillars!

21 thoughts on “SPRING.

  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better! After Spring you will have Summer – so I hope you have some rain – BUT, not any flooding – I don’t want to see that cute little orchid being washed away. Shall we call her Elsie? Elsie the orchid, because every cute orchid deserves a name.
    I also have a lot of housework. Ugh.
    Sx

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  2. Before I clicked to embiggen, I thought that orchid (Elsie) was some sort of narcissus – which would definitely be a sign of Spring over here (as you know, of course).

    Love the Crotons. Shhhhh! Don’t tell the black-leaved one, but spoon leaf is my favourite! Although if that rhino calf was a Croton, then I’d be pushing spoon-keaf aside…

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  3. Again, it is bizarre to try and grasp the concept of “Spring” here, as we watch helplessly as the leaves start dropping and the garden slowly begins to fade…

    Elsie is adorable – but as ever, it’s the Stagshorn fern that gets my tastebuds tingling. Jx

    PS Hope your rhino feels better soon. I wonder why Ms Scarlet didn’t give it a name?

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    • Jon, you’d go bonkeres here! We have stags practcally ring-barking palms.!
      And I made a discovery yesterday…I might do a quick edit of this and tell the world.But if WordPress mucks up I’ll email you. So, off you toddle and get your RHS garden books out…

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  4. That rhino is adorable, having a rhinovirus not so much. Me and my family were sick with a cold two weeks ago. Took them only one week to recover, but two for me. It was also not “the virus” just a nasty regular cold. I tested three times with two different brands of tests to be sure!

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  5. Glad you’re enjoying the beginning of spring. I’m just starting to pull the jumpers out for those cold winter months. I’ve already cut back my garden and was going to plant some autumnal plants but… things happened and so I’ll have to wait until spring to get the spring plants going…

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    • Brava! I look forward to Spring!
      It’s been MANY years since I’ve had an autumn/winter garden, but I rememberbringing pots down from the roof before the frosts! And then, when we lived in the country in S. Qld. putting frost covers around tender young trees and shrubs!

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