Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Giant Variegated Bamboo: Dendrocalamus jianshuiensis
Mondo Grass : Ophiopogon japonica ( dark green grass in centre )
I thought this was a fantastic example of a riverbed effect with low grasses planted amongst the rocks evoking an impression of water ( albeit green water! )Lions Tail : Leonotis leonurus
This aptly named shrub was in the African Savannah exhibit. The seed capsules are as exciting as the flowers.
Sausage Tree : Kigelia africana
Here is some information from some signage at the zoo:
This tree produces large, reddish-purple flowers and wooden, sausage-shaped fruits, which can weigh up to four kilograms. Many parts of the tree are eaten by different animals.
Although the fresh fruit is poisonous, it can be dried, roasted or fermented for use as a herbal medicine or to make alcohol. Shelves, boxes and canoes can also be made from the wood.
This species has been introduced to Australia and is popular with cockatoos…though not overly popular with car-owners who have unwittingly parked beneath them.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This was my sisters favourite : a giant wrist watch. She liked that way the straps looked like real leather.This one reminded Aiden of a doggie. He thought the strap looked like a tail. That's the beauty of sculpture, it's open to every ones own interpretation.
This side of the container had the sheeting removed providing a view of the ocean through slatted steel ribs disappearing into the sand.
I was drawn to the colour of this obelisk and the way it compliments the sea. When you get up close you notice that its reflectiveness is its best quality.The artists who created this sculpture have been invited to participate in the same event at Bondi Beach, Sydney.
They had an SMS voting system for the public to choose their favourite sculpture.Which would you vote for? The sculptures will be there until the 24th of March if you're keen to check them out.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is the first time that I've participated in Carol's from May Dreams Gardens Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. It's the beginning of Autumn here and my Sedum 'Mini Joy' certainly thinks so because it has just started to show some pinkness.
Here are some Dianthus I planted around October/November last year which have flowered consistently since then. They are fairly thirsty though and I have to say that they've needed daily watering to make it through summer.
Feeling fairly dissatisfied with the lack of flowers in my garden I decided it was time to plant my bulbs. I spaced them out over the area before burying each one. Last year I was organised enough to dig up and store them in a calico bag in the shed. In the past I've just left them in position with fairly disappointing results. This time I've also planted them in dappled shade instead of full sun so fingers crossed! I planted Dutch Iris, Daffodils and Jonquills. While I was at it I treated my garden to an application of Seasol as a reward for surviving summer.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Paul Stacey hand picks the plant stock to give these gardens an instant effect. This is essential for display gardens as there is little time for plant growth before they are open to the public. The feature plants in this photo are a Dragon Tree ( foreground ) and Yucca ' Creme Ridge ' ( background )
Pictured above is the rear Alfresco Area with surrounding garden beyond. There is a slight step down from the decked area onto the lawn.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I made the trellis with some bamboo canes from our garden and some thin wire. I wanted to get the trellis up before the seedlings grew too big. As it was I managed to squash a couple in the process! Have a look at my earlier post 'Small Beginnings' to see how much they've grown.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Yesterday I received a call from a local Primary School asking if I'd like to be involved with designing a kitchen garden project for their school. They have received a grant from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Foundation which means they will be setting up a vegetable garden and kitchen for young children to learn about growing and cooking fresh, organic food. This fabulous concept is the creation of Australian chef and author Stephanie Alexander.
Here are the aims and philosophy of the program ( extract from their website ) :
The aim of the Kitchen Garden Program is pleasurable food education for young children.The underlying belief is that by introducing this holistic approach we have a chance to positively influence children’s food choices in ways that have not been tried before.A Kitchen Garden is created to provide edible, aromatic and beautiful resources for a kitchen.The creation and care of a Kitchen Garden teaches children about the natural world, about its beauty and how to care for it, how best to use the resources we have, and an appreciation for how easy it is to bring joy and wellbeing into one’s life through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal produce.
I'm really excited about the prospect of being involved. I have a meeting with the school on Monday morning so I'll keep you posted on whether I get the job. Here is my little garden and kitchen helper who at the age of two is already very interested in both of these activities.
Monday, March 2, 2009
So a week ago, I did just that. Here are the tomato seeds drying out in the sun. The tomatoes are an unusual orange colour. For the past week I've been watering them daily, feeling fairly sceptical and a little foolish, until....
They sprouted! I can't wait to watch these grow. They've already doubled in size since I took this photo. Small beginnings, but it's a huge deal to me. I have no idea if it's the right time of year to be growing tomatoes from seed but I figured that if they're fruiting now, the fruit would naturally be dropping to the ground and growing into seedlings. Maybe I'll have some fruit next summer?
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Sedum ' Autumn Joy '
Sedum ' Mini-Joy '
Sanseviera ' Moonshine '
Echeveria ' Chocolate '