Category Archives: Flora

Purple blue grey & a bit of red dirt…

Purple-blue-gray-on-red-dirt-land Then blue turns to grey Sir Cliff

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Frost fungus and lichen…

frost fungus and lichen

The morning before the longest and frostiest day of the year. The frost really lay heavy on the ground on this morning and was unlike any frost that yours truly has seen in many a long year.

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Frozen weeds minus two degrees…

Frozen-weeds-minus-2degrees

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A tiny mushroom growing on an apricot tree…

Tiny chocolate mushroom growing in a creavis of an apricot tree

 

I found this tiny mushroom growing in a crevice in the bark of an old apricot tree.
We are fortunate in that the house that we recently moved into has a few fruit trees, all of them old and needing work plus a few seasons pruning to get them back to producing quality fruit. There were lots of apples on the Granny Smith tree. Many had a lot of scab but those that were salvageable were as sweet as I have tasted from a Granny Smith. The Lemon is in terrible condition I think the only thing holding it up is the ivy which is slowly strangling it to death. Even so the fruit is good and again remarkably sweet. I think it might be a Myer lemon they have a propensity to be less acidic. There are three other fruit trees my neighbour thinks one is a green plum and the other two look like cherries or cherry plumbs. Lastly there is this apricot the real estate agent, the previous owner and the neighbour all agree that the apricots are ‘really good’ and the tree is a heavy barer so much so that one year while the house was empty the fruit were picked and sold with lots left over for jam! Well, we will just have to wait and see until next spring.

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Autumn leaves in Cataract Gorge…

Autumn leaves in Cataract Gorge

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Kniphofia a pink South African

Pink Kniphofia from South Africa

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Wisteria its the blues in spring…

Its spring the blues always the blues...

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Malaysian daisies a very hardy plant…

Malaysian-daisies

From a small potted cutting given by a friend this Malaysian-daisies has flourished it is the hardiest of the hardy. It takes the Western Australian sun and dry summers and flowers all the time…

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Bristly Cottonheads…

Bristly-Cottonheads

When these fluffy yellow fellows the Bristly Cottonheads pop up in clumps throughout clearings in the Jarrah forest its a sure sign the spring is here even though the heavy rain and the thermometer would indicate otherwise…

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Finding things in nasturtiums…

Nastsurtium tickles bees tummies for pollen

One never knows what one might find inside flowers! This is a humble nasturtium that self seeded and managed to climb almost two metres up a shrub. And very conveniently at the moment, I still can’t kneel down. EM-1with the 60mm Macro Crutch used as monopod! I watched as a bee had its tummy tickled while entering this humble nasturtium…

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