I love the smell of Lantana. I also love the flowers. In Australia it’s widely regarded as a nasty invasive weed. No wonder. Mine has just exploded with growth. It’s huge. I have only one plant and it hasn’t spread to anywhere nearby. I Prune it savagely to keep it under control. It’s well away from livestock. Apparently its poisonous. How can something so beautiful, have so many negative aspects?

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD)


My friend has this beautiful orchid sitting on her verandah. The color was really striking.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge (FOTD)

A Bug

It looked like a leaf, a large leaf. When we shifted it onto the flower, we noticed the amazing colour underneath. I guess it’s a stick insect of some kind. I wish I had taken more pictures of it now.

Only fleeting

My poppies were lovely but now in the height of summer, they turned from flowers to seed pods and then they disappeared.

I’m hoping that they will emerge self sown next year. Meanwhile I saved these pics of the pods.