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SHE NO LONGER STOOPS TO CONQUER…

…and she has to sit down to put her pants on. Why? Oh, overdoing things, just a bit, when weeding. Think I’m coming out on the other side now.* And I channel the wonderful Anne Bancroft…Though I think me dragging on a pair of jeans is somewhat less sexy than her in that scene from “The Graduate.”

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I note that it’s been a while since I blogged. What is the punishment for such dereliction? Are we de-blogged? Sent to Coventry? Probably just removed from reading lists…

But, since I’m here…I have a few pictures to share.

We had several trees in our not-very-big yard which needed to be quite severely “trimmed.” Not with any blades we possess. Oh, no, these gargantuans had gone ‘waaay beyond secateurs. front wall before the deed.jpg

The left side of the house had been hidden by a huge Cassia fistula; in this picture it’s already been cut and fed through the grinder. And behind the blue wall on the right is the next target, a whopping Scheflera actinophylla. Sadly, this one had to be permanently removed is its roots threatened to take out that wall, plus a fair chunk of the fence. There are others, but they are not yet flowering. And once they do flower the birds will feast like kings.And excrete seed-laden waste.

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The aftermath…

There was more, much more, too painful to relate…

But gardeners have an innate optimism and we are already making plans to replace some of what is gone.

And yesterday, as a pick-me-up after a week of creeping about like a wizened gnome, I went with a friend to the local Orchid Show.

Lots of lovely things! I think we did two circuits of the stalls outside (the dangerous area where things had price tags!) and then went into the orchid house, a more permanent display of orchids, ferns, bromeliads and sundry other lovelies. Yes, of course I had a camera…

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A lovely Swamp Orchid, Phaius. No name tag.

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Another tagless beauty. Isn’t that colour beautiful!

 

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Paphiopedilum  “Wossner Black Wings.” What a cracker! One day…

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Bulbopyllum graveolens No varietal name that I could see.

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No, not a hand of bananas- flower buds and back-bulbs of the one above!

 

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I get a bit rattled when there are no visible labels. This is a Phalaenopsis, but that’s all I know. (Ditto the yellow one behind this.)

A Dendrobium but I couldn’t read the label!

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A collection of Phaius. One day…

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And now, moving on to my purchases. Yes, you knew I’d be tempted, didn’t you? I love the Vanda tribe, but have always been told they are finicky and I’ve only ever seen them growing beyond any height I could provide. But I am now a delighted owner of Vanda sp. “Pat’s Delight” and assurances that it will grow happily “just about anywhere here.” And if those aerial roots become a trip hazard, they can be cut back. 20180923_071432

Also, this sweet little Phalaenopsis “Allura Crimson Glory.”

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It’s lunch time. At least, it is according to Sporran and who am I to dispute that. Pasta, I think. I have some carbonara in the freezer…

 

 

*I could probably have phrased that a little more delicately. No offense to my gentleman friends!

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BACK TO WHAT WE THINK OF AS “NORMAL.”

Well, at least now those  who were disturbed by the over-embiggifications on their side bars when I re-blogged posts can now see /\ up there, the giant Japanese Sunflower. Those who insist on Latin  names  can find it under Tithonia diversifolia.

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This is supposed to be our dry season, but we’ve been having a few showers.So some of the plants don’t know which page they’re supposed to be on! Here’s a grevillea which wasn’t sure whether to grow or flower or wither away.It rained and the grevillea decided to grow AND flower.

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Grevillea, with rain drops.

Something else that has smartened itself up this year is this one. Dependent on long, dark nights, it’s always been somewhat confused, with a street light above it!IMG_0527.JPG

Euphorbia leucocephala. Sometime called snowflake bush. Yes, even by people here!

I have several things grown from cuttings.This one used to be known as a Justicia but seems now to be Odontonema cuspidatum. This one looks pretty much as it should.But it’s one of the plants that is prone to fasciation.IMG_0530

Above, mostly normal.

Below, distinctly weird!

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I’ve had a day of appointments and will you just look at that galloping clock! Good gravy! I’ll miss Happy Hour if I don’t scoot…

I may be back in a day or so with some artists’ books.Maybe…

 

 


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Review: The Brisbane Plant Collector’s Fair, 26-27.5.18

I have shamelessly and greedily re-blogged this from Jerry’s place. It makes me want to fire-up a big chain saw and make some room here! 

 

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Isn't it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness? Isn’t it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness?

One of the gardening events Brisbane lacked until the Plant Collector’s Fair started in 2016, was a show dedicated to the enthusiast.

 A place where not only can you get a jammy mouth plant, but its golden-flowered form too. Thank goodness we have this show now – pass the napkins!

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A LITTLE BIT O’ BRASS IS BEST.

Back again! Just as well I didn’t “make a plan” because, clearly, I’m rubbish at such well-ordered things.

Some pretties from my picture box. (All taken with my little camera)

I mentioned a local orchid show.Well, we went, we saw and one of us was smitten. There was a rather nice orchid with several flowering spikes and many more buds,well worth its $35 tag.

And this is where my title comes into play. The chap selling his orchids was a cash-only chap. There might have been the odd bit of shrapnel, chump change, in the bottom of my handbag.But certainly not $35. So I wandered further along the displays…

No name labels that I could see!

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But this gorgeous blue, below, is a Vanda.

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I did come home with two smaller plants. Luckily, one of the stall-holders was able to take the ubiquitous plastic!

One is  Bolopetalum , apparently a zygo hybrid, according to one site. I’m still on training wheels in the orchid world! But its varietal name is “Midnight Blue-Cardinal’s Roost”.

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The other purchase is an Oncidium “Mayfair Trinity.” If the buds open today I’ll post a picture, though I suspect it will be later in the week.

Never mind! I do now have the Clerodendrum nutans that I just know you’ve all been dying to see. No, Muriel, not NUDE ans. Muriel, put you skirt on!IMG_0452.JPG

And after another few rainy days things have been having a final fling before we move into what we call winter here.

Hibiscus mutabilis. Due for a major cut-back once the flowers finish. Here it is in its early morning pristine white…IMG_0409.JPG

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By about 4pm it will be a deeper pink and the next morning a soggy blob. So pretty! And a most obliging “striker” which is a boon to gardeners like myself.

All manner of bird and insect life is making the most of this late season rain. The Antigonon leptopus (coral vine is one of its common names) is crowded with bees all day.Antigonon.JPG

That’s a honey bee, with a much smaller native stingless bee.Can’t see them? OK The honey bee is directly above the word “native” and the little one above the letter”b” in bee on the first line.

And the Cheilocostus have had a mad late flush, too. This is usually sold as “ginger.” (Right after I clicked the shutter I wobbled off the rock I was balancing on!)ceilocanthus.JPG

This is a great thing for autumn colour. Another obliging striker!

Plectranthus eckloniii

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I made a start on cutting down the hibiscus on the back fence…IMG_0458.JPG

And now I’m off to drag this monster heap down to the carport.

This strange-looking thing used to be called Justicia. Now, apparently, it’s Ontonaema tubaeform. Or possibly O. strictum   And this particular  one has what’s known as fasciation.

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IN WHICH I FIND MY MARBLES…

Those who have hinted that I may not be  compos mentis can form a queue to apologise. My marbles may have been temporarily misplaced, but they were NOT lost.

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Did you ever read the Kapeks’ play about insects?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictures_from_the_Insects%27_  Karel and his brother, Josef Kapek wrote a satire which kept popping into my mind as we battled black ants.Again. We’re still battling. In fact, if we win anything it will be a minor skirmish, not the war…

And this is how I found my marbles, at the back of a cupboard where I kept seldom-used baking trays and dishes.

Oh! Something else came to light during this de-anting of cupboards…The Man’s onyx chess men, bought many years ago in Mexico. I’d show you a picture of them, but I’m not sure where we put them! No, wait, I think -yes!IMG_0349.JPG

No, I’m afraid the “black” pieces are NOT tourquoise, just onyx dyed to look like tourquoise.

Time for another ant salvo. I’ll leave you with some pretty things…

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Cassia fistula.  Neighbours across the street see more of the blooms than we do, but it is lovely.

 

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Mussaenda  Also called Bangkok Rose. Those white bracts are like crumpled silk!

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And an old favourite, to finish, Trachelospermum jasminoides  Cut back rather brutally last summer when The Man was re-painting, it’s forgiven us and is rewarding us again.

 

 

 


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NOT MISSING IN ACTION…

…maundering in in-action might be closer to the mark. Three months is almost “death” in Blogland.

Oh well, here I am again. And I’m going to kick off with…the weather! Winter here so that means, mostly, blue skies and bright sunny days. The sort of weather that encourages strenuous outdoor work. Garden beds can be weeded, dug-over, mulched.Plants can be pruned, moved, re-potted.

And then the sun dips below the horizon and we don extra layers and waddle about looking like the Michelin Man. And I can tell you that, Chez Dinahmow, the Michelin look lasts from sunset to mid-morning.

But it is nice to see the BARE pergola, just waiting for something new and less rampant than wisteria and petrea… 001.JPGI’m tempted to try another climbing rose, but then my memory gives me a sharp dig in the ribs, telling me not to be such a silly fool.

In the meantime, I seem to be having some small success with orchids. 001.JPG

These Phalaenopsis sit on my keyboard (not this one, the musical one), but I move them outside for more sunlight when they start to flower. I move lunches out there, too, in sunny weather. Of course, there can be stiff competition for a seat…002.JPG

The Man, who is no longer working full-time, has not had much go-to-work work lately, but he has been busy here!Oh yes…de-rusting and re-painting various bits around the house. And he cleared all of the tangled mess atop the pergola. And replaced the old TV aerial which was all a-dangle after the cyclone modified it. Ooh, it’s all go here, innit!

I’m off to see about some breakfast, but before I do, here’s a link to a Canberra friend’s blog. Yet another reason to visit  that city!

https://myjustsostory.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/warm-trees-2017.html

 

 

 


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SEEING RED

But first…I stood on tippy-toes and held a mirror up to the nest and could not see anything! This may just mean that a) I am too short or b) the little ‘uns have fledged.

I did some very complicated calculations and, yes, they may have left the nest.The birds’calculations may well have been more accurate than mine! 

The Man has just come home and, having 8″ on me (No,Muriel!NO!), I got him to do the thing with the mirror.No sign or sound of little birdies so I’m calling them fledged and learning about the world.

Now, on to today’s post title. In my efforts to understand what was happening/not happening with the camera(s) software, I went prowling around snapping dorky pictures and loading them on The Man’s computer. Nothing very flash, but here we go…

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Garden clogs.

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Some of our garbage bins are quite posh!

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Pentas.

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Hibiscus

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Palm seeds.Macarthur palm, maybe.

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Justicia

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Generally just called a “ginger” it seems to be listed in nurseries as Costus comosus.(Spider web is extra)

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Fallen flowers of Brachichyton acerifolia

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Shade sails on a neighbour’s house.