Lantana

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)

Thistles

In my last post I had a picture of thistles on my farm. Today I’ll have a closer look.

Thistles on the edge of the Lucerne patch

I guess they’re flowers. For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD)

The Back Lagoon

Anyone who is following my blog should realise that most of my photos are taken somewhere on my 80 acre farm. I am lucky to live is a unique wetland environment, in a very dry country. My farm is surrounded be waterways, either lagoons or channels. These pics were taken at the back of my farm directly adjacent to a lagoon.

The baby birds in the previous posts live in a tree down here. The thistles are weeds but quite picturesque.

At the moment pelicans and ducks seem to have taken up residence. Just around the corner I counted over 40 ibis.

Gum trees grow along the banks.

I couldn’t get any closer to this chap. He was watching me take photos from a distant tree.

It’s a totally isolated spot. No one else ventures here. There are some neighbours on the other side of the water. I love the peace and quiet. Even the weeds look picture perfect.

My beautiful weeds for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD)

Orchid

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

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

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.