Elm Tree Nursery

Some more images of flowers taken at my visit to the Nursery. This one below was rather large and also rather metallic!

This one was just perfect. Much more delicate than its neighbour above.

Also very delicate. I love the shades of purple in this one.

Look what was peeking out in the shade, through the shrimp plant. I’m not sure what this flower is, but I doubt its chance of survival in my sunny garden.

And this Abutilon, (chinese lantern) came home with me.

Thank you Christine. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

More Elm Tree Nursery

More images from my visit to the Elm Tree Nursery.

This first one is of tee tree flowers, Leptospermum Scoparium. Close up the flowers are striking.

I loved the pink colour of these two daisies. Until I started to take photos of daisies, (I have lots!), I’d never taken any notice of how the centres of the flowers change as the pollen comes and goes. I’m still not sure whether the yellow pollen comes first and then, as time goes by, reveals the amazing blue color in the centre or whether the centres start off blue and the yellow pollen emerges as the flower develops.

This is a photo of one of the cactuses, or I should more correctly say cacti. It was tiny. I love looking closely at the patterns in all sorts of flowers.

This one is a mystery to me. But it really caught my eye as I wandered past.

A few people commented about the color of this plant as the sun came out and the light caught it. I didn’t really do it justice, but I still like the shot

More flowers from the Nursery tomorrow.

At Elm Tree Nursery

I had a lovely day looking around this nursery with the Cohuna Garden Club and snapping some photos of the flowers. The Nursery is within a beautiful garden. Visit their Facebook page for more images of the garden.

At the moment the garden has an amazing display of clivias. The white ones were gorgeous, but the red and orange drifts were sensational.


I found lots of flowers in shades of pink, through to red and brown. Even the foliage was impressive.

Spot the bee

Chris has always got a variety of salvias, both growing in her garden and potted up ready to take home.

More images tomorrow.

After the rain

I woke up to more rain, just a lazy drizzle. Yesterday it poured. That was welcome relief from the worry that we desperately need rain for the latest crop to get growing. Today, it’s gloomy and depressing. I braved the miserable weather to have a look around. Nature was enjoying the weather.

Blossom on the almond tree at this time of the year? Is it my imagination or do trees do this? I’ve always thought it a little ironic that the blossom seems to emerge at the same time as the rain washes the flowers away. Won’t be long and it will be spring. I went back inside, much cheerier and up the stairs to see what was happening up there in the studio.

Where do we start?

The tour might take some time. It will be interesting and different. Let’s go.

Firstly, I live in rural Australia facing a lagoon. This is the view out front. My farm is an island, surrounded on all side by water. But don’t be fooled, it can be very dry. For the last two years we’ve only had a total of 225 mm per year (about 8.9 inches).This makes gardening here a challenge.

My favorite tree (?) is here, right out front of my house. It’s a date palm, planted well before I moved here. The house is over 100 years old, (I’ll get to it later), so the palm could be old too. Maybe someone just threw out the trash and it grew? Date palms need a male and a female before they set dates. There are others on the creek, down the track. I haven’t been lucky enough to get a date, in the thirty years I’ve been here.

Positives about date palms : they give shade, look exotic, birds live in them, their fronds burn well because of all that palm oil.

Negatives: they drop palm fronds making a mess, when you set them alight they’re amazing, the fire department needs to bring the truck to extinguish the blaze. (I wonder who did that?)

Palm tree – a blight on the native landscape or beautiful? Comments welcome.