We have a lot of this plant in pots around our house. J calls it a pickle, it looks a little like a spiky gherkin. Occasionally we are rewarded with this wonderful display of flowers. These particular plants are all crammed into a rectangular concrete pot outside our back door. They would have got about 6 inches of rain while we were away, no wonder they’re doing this now! The flowers are so delicate, such a contrast to the nasty pickle, and they’ll only last a short time. I’m glad I was home today to photograph them.
If you look very carefully, you can see the artist’s reflection in the glass. I helped Shirley set up this exhibition after she very kindly came all the way out to the airport to pick up us last Wednesday.
The paintings are mostly of flowers, and can be seen on her one painting every other day dot blogspot website. There are also some fruits and water scenes from the Parramatta River near Putney.
Each and every one a beautiful painting .. an inspiration .. looking forward to doing my own. Shirley is a very busy person, yet she still finds time to paint. What a gal!
We had an amazing 20 mls of rain overnight … and a blackout for most of it. And when I was ready for my Chinese lesson at 9am there was another blackout!! In the mid afternoon there was another blackout!! When I rang up to find out what was going on, I was told this last time was to do some maintenance. I suggested that they should let us know when they deliberately plan to turn the power off … the fellow said that would take up too many phone lines, and people wouldn’t be able to ring in!!! Haven’t they heard of sms!!
In the photo is a winter time claret ash on the left and a casurina or she-oak on the right. Our summer flower display is resting, the lawn has died back from frosts, the wheelbarrow has some fire wood in it, the ash bucket is upside down and some cactus type plants decorate our stone path. There is also a fireplace back there, with some billy cans and things; there’s a standing stick with a tennis ball attached for fun and exercise in the sun! Through the trees you can see … distance!
We have these beautiful pots of flowers hanging from our clothes line. That big white bunch of petunias on the left has a new nest of Scrubwrens.
Here is a Scrubwren emerging from her new home!
Watch carefully as a busy little bird takes in nesting material and leaves quickly for more.