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Showing posts from September, 2009


Here is one of the snow balls that I showed you the other day , now gone white and expanded to fullness. There are lots more where this come from. I'll show you tomorrow. Reflection: John 1:16 (New International Version) From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.


My poor garden is looking so battered. All of the pretty spring flowers are wind burnt and shrivelled at the edges like these iris. I guess all it will take is good downpour and a week or two to push out new flowers to fix it. It's just a little hard to get excited about photographing the garden at the moment. Reflection: Psalm 135:7 (New International Version) He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.


The wisteria on the fence we share with the neighbour is in flower but since our trees have grown the flowers tend to favour their side of the fence. This one is from the neighbour on the other side. I look through my kitchen window, see it and and feel glad. This was taken before the big wind. It's looking more bare today. Reflection: Psalm 9:2 (New International Version) I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.


When I stepped out of the house yesterday I realised that I have not gone outside since the horrible weather set in. The whole garden and front verandah were enveloped in a very visible layer of dust -- like the dry season in Papua New Guinea where everything looked dirty until the wet season arrived. Last night there was a shower of rain to give it all a bit of a wash, and gave our grimey dust car a clean. Today, however, the big winds are still blowing and blowing without the dust but with cold air. Yesterday when we were out west it was 4 degrees at midday. It's as if we had our sunny spring weather in August (it was the second warmest winter on record) and now the August's winter winds have arrived in September. There's not much hope of any blossom remaining on the trees through this blast. The central heating is back on and the log fire lit, a perfect day to be inside reading. Reflection: Psalm 103:13-14 (New International Version) As a father has compassion on h

Snow balls

The snow ball plant is pushing out it's wonderful balls of bloom. They will soon be bigger and snow white. Reflection: Psalm 51:7 (New International Version) Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.


Some plants are a little slower than others with their burst of spring energy. Reflection: James 1:19 (New International Version) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Table by a window

Today's post is inspired by Elk's table by a window . It is so lovely to see fresh new green leaf unfold. This window is still clean because it was on the lee side of the awful dust winds ... the air was clear by this afternoon and the winds gone ... whew. Reflection: Psalm 23:5 (New International Version) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Seven years

Clivia's are a hardy plant but I am told they take 7 years to flower. When I was mowing the other day I was surprised to see these plants flowering in a different part of the garden to where I expected them. I assure you this photo was not taken today. The weather outside is ghastly, a huge dust storm driven by high winds. I have not stuck my nose outside the door all day. I'm so glad it was a day I don't to go to the office. Reflection: Genesis 41:25-27 (New International Version) Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.


The display of blossom was quite disappointing this year. No sooner had they popped out of their hiding place than they were shrivelling up and replaced by leaves so there was not really a display worth photographing. Funny thing is the neighbour's trees were as lovely as ever. Anyway, I promised Julie a week or two ago to show the crab apple, here it is with not much blossom left but as you can see it is a large tree. The little tree in the foreground is a maple. Reflection: Romans 5:5 (New International Version) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Drought tolerant

Up in the top corner where I never water, every year the grassy looking plants pop out these lovely flowers ... they are Ixias ... someone back in the past planted the bulbs and they have kept going without any help from me for the past 16 years. Reflection: Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New International Version) "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."


I planted these jonquils very late and that delay turned out to be a good thing ... they have filled the gap left by the daffodils quick passing and look so sweet with the forget-me-nots. And they smell marvelous too. Reflection: Psalm 119:60 (New International Version) I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.


I have spent the day out weeding the garden ... remember these weeds from the winter when I just left them be ... today they are all gone! There is something wonderful about being in the garden on a mild sunny day. The inky blue male bower bird was visiting and singing his song of strange whirrs. Tiny eastern spinebills were darting around the blossoms. Butterflies were flitting from flower to flower. And I felt happy, strong and in good health. Reflection: 3 John 1:2 (New International Version) "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."


I did get out in the garden and even did some weeding. Those spears of grass are no longer poking up through the daisies. It's such a happy time of year. Reflection: Philippians 4:4 (New International Version) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!


Yep it's another filler pic today because they are turning off the power all day very soon ... something to do with the roadworks. Do you know what this plant is? It's growing on the bank around the cypress. I didn't plant it. It seems to have seeded itself there. The good news is that with the computer off all day I should find some time to get out into the garden. Reflection: Acts 17:22-23 (New International Version) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.


Sorry to be showing yet another flower shot and not a more adventurous view of the garden ... I haven't had time to get outside. I am quite fond of violets, especially the way they multiply, so have been adding to my collection. Thus far I have five different viarieties, this one has just started to flower. Reflection: John 6:9-11 (New International Version) "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

Hidden gem

Down at the back fence this Eriostemon is in flower. I have been wondering what possessed me to plant it there because it is far too pretty to be wasted where I hardly notice it. I think I had visions of planting native plants down in that back corner ... now it's mostly non-native weeds. Reflection: Hebrews 4:13 (New International Version) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


There is a clump of orange flowers down near the liquid amber. I don't know what they are. It might be a Watsonia, which means it has the potential to be weedy but are not behaving too badly in my garden. Reflection: Psalm 100: 1-2 (New International Version) Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.


Of all the perfumes in the garden, freesias are my absolute favourite. They've been my favourite ever since I first noticed their fragrance wafting up the stairs into the school room when I was a teenager. We even had them on our wedding cake. Reflection: Song of Solomon 4:10 (New International Version) How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Party time

The rather odd flowers on this shrub growing under the Cypress remind me of ticker tape. It's certainly party time in the garden right now. Reflection: Song of Solomon 2:4 (New International Version) He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

New life

And here's the magnolia we were looking at the other day , emerging into beautiful new life. Reflection: Romans 6:4 (New International Version) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.


Here's the blossom we've been watching here and here . Cherry blossom makes me think of white linen and fine bone china. Reflection: 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (New International Version) In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.


The maples up in the top garden are showing fresh new leaf too. But the blossoms are the big thing happening in the top garden right now ... I'll show you tomorrow. Reflection: Psalm 92:12-14 (New International Version) The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green ...


While be are down the back, here's what the liquid amber is up to ... it's new leaves are unfolding. Meanwhile it's dump of leaves below are reminding me a sweeping job awaits. Reflection: Psalm 96:11-12 (New International Version) Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;


Our wattle is gracing another neighbour's garden. Reflection: Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Sweet and sour

The crab apples may be tart but their blossom is sweet. Reflection: Hebrews 12:14-15 (New International Version) Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Well dressed

Across the tidy neighbour's yard we can see another house and garden which like ours is left pretty much to it's over devices. But spring dresses it beautifully anyway. I notice the neighbour's crab apple (on the right) is about to spring into blossom. Our's is too. I'll show you some buds tomorrow. Reflection: Isaiah 61:10 (New International Version) I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.


This neighbour is industrious. Lawns always mowed and garden beds dug. Reflection: Exodus 35:2 (New International Version) For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD.


Unlike my magnolia the neighbour's is healthy and strong. It's a great time of year to look over the neighbouring fences ... I'll give up a peep at each over the next few days. Reflection: Psalm 27:14 (New International Version) Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Fallen short

There is a magnolia up at the top gate. I remember the landscaper describing a bright future for this plant -- a bower of spring blooms arching over the driveway. Many years later it's a stunted bush, pruned by drought, and struggling to provide just 2 or 3 blooms. Reflection: Romans 3:23 (New International Version) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


I didn't dig up the tulips last year so I thought they would not reflower and look here's one and there's more to come ... I'm thrilled. Reflection: John 3:7 (New International Version) [Jesus said] You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'


It's Spring today ... the cherry blossoms are coming out of hiding . Reflection: John 16:20-22 (New International Version) I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.