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August 31, 2010


Filed under: gardening — kafkaworld @ 9:59 am
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Mostly petunias

It’s the last day of winter.  To celebrate the arrival of spring tomorrow, Here’s a photo of how our garden operates during the warmer months.

The petunia seedlings were planted but, as usual, we badly underestimated how far they would spread.  Consequently, the basil, which self-seeds wherever it pleases, has had to fight its way through the foliage to reach the open air where it is now flowering vigorously.  You can see it in the upper right quadrant.  This is why we will never be in control of the garden or any of its inhabitants.

According to ancient Vincent folklore, one of Trevor’s ancestors did pull a weed out of a garden bed in the 17th century, but this act of botanical treachery caused him so much angst that he wasted away and died of a broken heart.  No Vincent has ever attempted  it since.


August 27, 2010


Filed under: gardening — kafkaworld @ 8:03 am

Stunning grevillea

I spent far too much time in the garden today, taking photos of spring preparing to burgeon all over the place.

This was the one I liked best.

August 25, 2010


Filed under: gardening — kafkaworld @ 7:06 am
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Happy violas

As spring approaches, there is so much happening in the garden that it’s difficult to keep up.  One of my favorites is these tiny violas which smile back at me whenever I look at them, and they continue to flower for weeks.  Like most plants in our garden, they thrive on benign neglect although I do suspect they are terrible gossips.  Sometimes I hear tiny chattering voices admonishing me for my taste in tracksuit pants – but that must be my imagination, surely …

August 23, 2010


Filed under: flora and fauna,gardening — kafkaworld @ 6:18 am

Stephanotis floribunda is one of those plants which used to be everywhere  but is not nearly as popular anymore.  Goodness knows why.  It is a well-behaved creeper with gloriously scented white flowers, but the flower isn’t what interests me so much.

The seedpod is the size of a large avocado and takes months to dry out and release the seeds, each of which wears a luxuriant feathery tutu which allows it take flight on the slightest breeze.  Looking closely at the seedpod, you can see small black and orange beetles.  I have no idea what they are up to, but I’ve never seen them anywhere else.  Intriguing to say the least.

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