Now that the Peony Poppy season is over, my new obsession is … Butterflies! With the Buddleias in full bloom, we have so many flutter-bys of many different varieties, as well as lots of busy bees!!!The latter also enjoy sunbaths in the few remaining poppies.The wasps are also very industrious, building their hexagonal nests on our house walls.We saw a beautiful, delicate dragonfly resting on the Dogwood, as well as a tiny white spider on our new purple rose in the Soho Bed.The roses have been stunning in the Soho Bed.
I couldn’t resist cutting them for the house! Two new bouquets for the week!
Photo 1: Icegirl (white), Lady X (mauve), Just Joey (pale pink), Children’s Rose (pink), Alnwick (pink)Photo 2: Mr Lincoln (red), LD Braithwaite (deep red), Copper Queen (gold) and Lolita (orange pink).Lamarque is also blooming again in front of the house.Mutabilis (1st photo) has a new lease of life, as does Archiduc Joseph (2nd and 3rd photo) by the shed.The Dahlias are still mind-blowingly stunning!And the Tree Dahlia is now halfway up the window!The army of Acanthus and Agapanthus is steadily advancing, with its numbers swelling every day and has been joined by a surprise contingent of orange Canna Lilies.My Madonna Lily, also known as Peace Lily (Lilium candidum), will certainly have its work cut out! So will its Praying Mantis!The first of the hydrangeas is flowering – another beautiful white bloom!The main garden tasks this week have been watering, weeding, manuring and mulching, as well as planting out Cosmos seeds in the tulip/stock bed and zinnias in the Calendula bed.
Down in the vegie garden (1st photo), the Burgundy Spray sunflower is growing taller (2nd photo). The 3rd photo shows the back of the sunflower (left foreground), with pumpkins and zucchinis, then Dutch Cream and Desiree potatoes, all in flower, and the cutting garden in the background.The old-fashioned Sweet Peas are starting to flower and smell divine!I love the attractive star-shaped fruit of the Pomegranate.The thyme has almost completely surrounded the sundial.These African Spoonbill Daisies (Osteospermum ‘Whirlygig’) also remind me of clock faces and the passing of time.Time seems to stand still, when relaxing on the front verandah and looking out into the different layers of green in the background. We feel so fortunate to be sheltered by this wall of green, unbroken by houses or traffic!Little wonder that this area is so rich in birdlife! We love hearing and watching the huge flocks of Corellas flying over the garden in the early morning and late afternoon, with the sun shining through their wings. Here are some photos of their newest recruit with his mother in the gum tree in the lane way behind our house.