Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Blossoming Beauties

02/08/2015

One of the greatest joys of a visit to temperate climates is the blooms that greet you after the cold, dark, and often damp winter months. Spring is wonderful… except for the hay fever sufferers.

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Glorious array of coloursIMG_8977

What incredible styles and ways that these stemmed beauties carry themselves. IMG_8978

What an imaginative way to promote colours!
IMG_9186Truly am blessed by this!

 

 

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Busy Buzzing

20/09/2014

He does this every other weekend.

He will get dressed and then go downstairs to do his routine – a safe and sure one.

First, he makes sure the fuel is adequate.

Then he checks the equipment is in good shape.

After that, he test starts it.

Only when he fully satisfied, and only when he is, then he goes to the garden and fully turn the mean machine on.

A portable grass cutter – the tank of fuel sits strapped to his back while the long handled cutting end is held away, controlled with two hands at strategic gripping points.

IMG_1139He’s mastered this art and does it as part of his exercise routine. Cool eh?

Look What the Helper Dug Up

22/02/2014

 

Is it a yam? Is it a potato? IMG_4729Whatever it is, I don’t recognise the species. Apparently the leaves look like the maple with splayed fingers. That’s not the usual shape for the potato species. So I have no idea what it is.

And because I dont know no one dares to eat it… no one except our helper from Indonesia who says they love to eat this. So I give it all to her. And I mean ALL. A LOT of it… who knew such things grew in my big garden….

 

Spring-Summer

14/07/2013

 

I love the temperate weather when the flowers start popping up. This is something I miss where I live now. I spent twelve years in England. I enjoyed the serene snowy winter, especially at night. The stillness has a magical quality to it.

But when the snows and icicles give way to the warmer weather, my delight is to see new growth pushing their way up through the earth. Then the green sprouts into colours…. And voila!

My next joy is to see how creative people make use of these blooms. Isn’t this one lovely?  20090613

 

Just Waitin’

19/06/2013

 

 

 

So its that time of the year again. The green fruit is popping out everywhere. Even more than before. My tastebuds are just waitin’. Can imagine the ease with which to open, rip out the centre and sink my teeth into the succulent flesh.

TarapThe perpetual problem is the difficulty in obtaining these fruits. The braches are brittle and can’t be easily scaled. Even the skinny and light climber would be hesitant to pluck this seasonal delight with bare hands. Most would use a special bamboo pole…..

Which I do not have….

So I am a -waitin’

Waitin’ for the neighbour who has the pole to take pity on me and pass me one when he snaps a decent one off the branch.

Waitin’ for the helper who will come by when free and grab as many as possible, pass me some but keep most of the labour of his hands for himself.

Yes, I am a-waitin’

 

Bumper Crop

24/04/2013

 

I came home today to see a something really big taking up the space of the wet kitchen floor. Combs and combs of bananas from our garden!
BananasAren’t they big? The yellow ones were just bought from the market – we didn’t know that this tree was ripe for the plucking, which is exactly what my household helper did whilst we were getting fresh produce and groceries.

Having said that, these green ones are actually better fried or steamed. The yellow ones are nice when mixed into a juice with something like pineapple. YUM! Wonderful way to start the day!

 

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

20/03/2013

 

Everyone today has stopped at my desk as they walk in or out of the office! It’s quite fun to see their various reactions. Some would pause in midstep because they were rushing by. Others would turn slowly and walk over – they just had to check it out for themselves.

Are those shiny leaves for real? Is the entire plant real?

LeavesWell, the answer is YES. Amazingly shiny leaves are as a result of some “polish” the landscape team have added to bring not only a shine but some healthy plant food stuff, thereby the gleaming and almost artificial appearance. Fun to watch people’s reactions. haha!

 

First Fruits

18/10/2012

This is quite fun! We have cherry tomatoes grown from our garden!

Aren’t they the cutest? Haha! Sweet too….

 

My Garden

29/03/2012

Over time, my garden has gone into disrepair. It’s overgrown in parts, jungle in others. Yet other parts are dried up and bare, and some parts are practically rocky. I guess I need to put time into it – time that I don’t have. I’d love to have the flowers back. The little Japanese rose ones. They looked great near the fence. I also had some lovely white ones which reminded me of lilies. They looked great along the sides of the pathway. My dream? I’d love to have a centrepiece. This one will have something special. Hmmmm perhaps I should check out if there are any yard gnomes for sale and see if they would fit in. Can you imagine it? A gnome sitting on a rock, fishing…. I can dreammmm

Flowers

01/11/2011

I LOVE taking photos of flowers. Here are some of my favourite shots of late.

A white rose. Nice?

And here is a lovely red one

Then there’s this one – Arrow #3’s favourite.

But my favourite in this collection has to be this one. Such amazing colours!