Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Butterfly delight

Jan White reports a delightful time in her garden.
"A short sunny  break in an otherwise cloudy  morning, brought a very pretty butterfly  to my lavender garden. I discovered it was a yellow admiral, one I had not seen before.
After a quick dash to the house to get my camera, I was fortunate in that the butterfly was still very intent on feeding on the nectar, allowing me to get several shots with the camera set on Super Macro. It was a very pleasurable and wonderful moment.
Photographed with an OLYMPUS STYLUS 100EE camera on July 9th 2014."
Jan's garden has a lovely range of Aussies, but this butterfly chose to feed on the exotic lavender. Shan't hold it against the wonderful visitor. I'm watching my lavender patch more closely in the hope of such a visitation.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Flowering in July cont'd Victoria Park Moonta

When I walked in the park in June the only species I saw flowering (beside the weeds!!) was the Piitosporum angustifolia, our group's floral emblem.   
The walk today was delightful with some bushes and trees beginning to flower.

Do you know what this is?  The small white flowers are bell shaped, 5 petals and the leaves are sparse and firm. The small bushes are spread all around the park.

  Thanks experts. This plant is Cryptandra amara. 

Two species of wattles were bursting out. 
This prickly Acacia spinescens may well have been part of the 'impenetrable scrub' that gave Moonta its name.

 Acacia  pycnantha looked so cheerful. The grove of  golden wattle near McCauley Park also looks delightful at the moment and will continue for about a month.

I have yet to find out what this shrub is. It has very small yellow flowers with 4 petals. It could be a pimelea (rice flower) but it grows to over 1 m. Any ideas???

  And this is Pimelea serpyllifolia.   

It's getting very interesting at fairy garden level. My grand-daughter comes here to hunt for orchids and tiny toadstools.

Wurmbea dioca are up and plants are spread over a good area of the park.

And the dwarf greenhood grows in the moss, along with tiny toadstools.  I think the greenhoods are Linguella sp.???  

There are lots of leaves of other orchids, so I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers soon.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Flowering in Moonta in July

I've just taken a short walk around my garden to see what's in flower in mid-winter. It WAS a short walk cos it's cold and miserable outside. There are many plants coping with the wind and rain and flowering beautifully. 

Some plants have been flowering for a few months, eg Acacia iteaphylla (Flinders ranges wattle), Pandora jasminoides, Dodonea viscosa (purple hop bush), Chrysocephalum apiculatum (golden everlasting) and plenty of eremophilas and grevilleas. It's been lovely watching the various correas. The bells hang so gracefully and the honey eaters keep us entertained with their acrobatics while they take the nectar from the plants.

Some new flowers have emerged to brighten the garden. Please correct me if I have the names wrong - I'm still learning.  I think they are called:
Oleria picridifolia

Hardenbergia violacea alba (happy wanderer)

Kennedia nigricans (black coral pea)

Eremophila brevifolia

I'll add more plants and photos asap. The cold and rough weather only lasts a day or two here.
I hope I'll get to a couple of conservation reserves, including Agery and Pine Point, and community projects to check them out as well.

What's flowering in your garden?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Floral Design - our July meeting

Kathlyn intrigued us with her presentation on Floral Design at our July meeting. The Kadina Show is coming up in August and we are trying to encourage people to exhibit in the Aus plants section of the floral arrangement competition.  So Kathlyn presented ways we could make items for the different kinds of entries.  We now have a very high benchmark for our entries.

This is one clever lady!