Monday, October 20, 2014

It's spring!


The first thing that always flowers and provides bright points of yellow and red everywhere is the Creeping Bossiaea.


This spring, thanks to Jo from Trust for Nature, I have discovered our small bird orchids. The one above is just coming out, the one below is darker and has been out for a while.



Also this year we have rice flowers again, after a couple of springs with hardly any. Below is Twining Glycine (I think). It always grows up and around the bracken.


These bright red flowers are commonly called Running Postman. They only grow in one place, in the middle of the track, and you can't miss them!

 And here is our sign at the front gate (and down the other end where our property meets the neighbour's with no fence) which says we are proud Trust for Nature people!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Miniature winter gardens


I keep finding these tiny "gardens" of fungi in odd spots on fallen trees - and upright ones, too.


Might explain why I'm currently writing science fiction...


These fungi amaze me - there were several on the one fallen tree.


And these were popping out of the top.


Visitors near my window. Hard to photograph as they move so fast.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kangaroos and joey


Filmed these roos early morning (sneaking up on them) and only when I started looking closely at the footage did I realise that one had a joey in her pocket. A lazy-looking joey, too!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

More December photos


I am now thinking these are pale vanilla lilies. Like the fringe lilies, they are blooming everywhere but you almost don't see them as you walk - they are so small and delicate.


This is new to me - the book says it is Slender Speedwell.


Plenty of birds around at the moment, most of which are high in the canopy. A flock of magpies are constantly flying around like black and white swooping flags, warbling and singing.
This is a crimson rosella, waiting for its friends to come back.

Still not sure what this is, although it could be a variety of loosestrife. It's only growing in the bottom of the gully where it's been very wet over winter.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Early December flowers


Another fringe lily, just because they are my favourites.


Blue pincushions - after a slow start they are all coming out on the north side.


Bluebell - not so many this year but this was a large one.


Vanilla lily - in my reference book these are purple but all the ones I have seen are white.


Often when a tree falls, it tried to keep growing, sending out lots of small spurts. This one has finally given up.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November - a mix of flora and fauna

 Found a few of these on the plastic drum by the wood pile. Maybe they like blue?

 Chocolate lily. I've found a few vanilla lilies and fringe lilies each spring but I think these are the first of this kind.

 Common lace flowers - there weren't many last year but they seem to have come back a bit this spring.


There are hundreds of milk maids everywhere this year. Here a spider is resting on one!

And finally the wallaby, who seems to think it's always breakfast somewhere around the house!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mid-Spring wild flowers (and roo)


Milkmaids are popping up everywhere on the northern side (more direct sunlight).


A roo stops to watch the watchers!


Fringe lilies have long been a favourite of mine, and now these smaller Twining Fringe Lilies are growing in different places - always interesting when I find something new.


The steady rain over the past 3 years or so has led to the violets spreading into beds everywhere. These are Ivy-leafed Violets.
 
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