There may be too many new half-finished apartment buildings in the streets surrounding my home, but I can’t help but be grateful for the landscaping that usually surrounds each one.
It’s reassuring to know councils and developers keep the aethetics in mind, as well as the ‘concrete’.
The Wisteria near my local supermarket is an absolute delight at the moment and luckily I had a camera with me last Tuesday morning.
Not sure whether this white variety is the Japanese variety or not, but we’ll pretend it is.
Wisteria floribunda White (Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’) features long racemes of beautiful sweetly scented pure white blooms on vines that twine in a clockwise direction.
NOTE: Please don’t hesitate to correct me in the comments section if I have identified any flower or tree incorrectly. My memory sometimes goes completely blank and I scratch around in its depths in the hope of pulling out even the most common flower names at times.
Browsing through my archives last night, I came across the images I took at Newells Paddock Nature and Conservation Reserve, located about 4 kms (2.3 miles) along the river path, around this time in 2017.
Photo below was actually made on 26th March 2017 and is a great view of this remarkable area.
Photo taken in summer of NEWELLS PADDOCK NATURE RESERVE main pond. Melbourne city in the far upper right background.
You can read a little more of the history behind this wetlands and conservation area here.
It’s Rounded Noon Flower season now as I noticed a tiny patch at the opposite end of my apartment building last Wednesday (left).
In the meantime, here’s a few images made in 2017 to remind long-time followers of the stunning display of Pigface (or Rounded Noon Flowers) below. These fowers have various names so you might know them by a different one.
I’m hoping to go back again this year to photograph more of the bird life, but since it’s a bit far from the bus stop, it might have to be a taxi journey there and back, as I can’t walk as far as I used to pre hip osteoarthritis. I’d rather use my limited walking range to walk around the wetlands and reserve, than waste it on walking from the bus stop through ordinary residential areas to actually get there.
I did walk home along the river path back when I first moved to this western suburb of Melbourne to live in 2016, so I know by the walking trail signposts exactly how far it is.
Not far for normal healthy fit people to walk, but nowadays, too far for me.
In the meantime, here’s a sample of that stunning splash of colour on the ground at Newells Paddock.
This area is also where I was so engrossed with the camera up to my eye, I didn’t notice a White-faced Heron walk up to about 10 feet away from where I was standing.
Yesterday was one of those gorgeous Spring days filled with sunshine and the chirping of birdsong. Perfect day to be outdoors gardening.
I planned on potting up my new Spring seedling purchases, but didn’t quite finish the task.
A second round of plant shopping at the local Hardware/Plant Nursery Warehouse on Tuesday meant I ran out of plastic pots yesterday and I couldn’t decide on what size container to re-pot my pot-bound Blueberry “Nellie Kelly” anyway.
The trouble is that the next size up from the current Blueberry pot is really quite large and when filled with soil may end up being too heavy to lift.
I have to lift, or turn, my potted plants every couple of days as they tend to grow towards the west (where the sun travels after rising over my apartment building). To get even foliage growth on each vegetable, herb or flower, turning the pots regularly is mandatory. And once the hot summer arrives and the air-conditioning outlet on the balcony spews out hot air, I have to move the pots mostly up to the southern (or left-hand side as I look out my windows) of the balcony.
I shall have to go back to the Plant Nursery – a third time in a fortnight 😀
Methinks I’m a plant shopaholic.
Put me in a large Plant store and I’m like a mischevous child in a lolly shop (candy store).
I often feel tempted to look around the plant aisles in case I’m caught in the act of over-indulging. I always get a shock at the receipt $$$ after the cashier has rung up the items in my shopping basket.
So many colours and plant varieties at the store forced me, (yes, forced me 🙂 , well that’s my take on the matter), to splurge out on a couple of flowering plants to break up the mass of greenery in my balcony garden.
It won’t be until the mid/end of Summer, that my herbs have any flowers.
Violas are undoubtedly one the most delightful of all flowers to grow with their delicately marked, almost hand-painted-looking dainty flowers. They are a picture for months on end.
You can find them in just about every colour of the rainbow with many featuring multicoloured blooms. Violas have slightly smaller flowers than Pansies (which I also viewed enthusiastically at the Plant Nursery).
I used some of the new Tomato/Herb potting soil which is probably a wee bit too akaline, but never mind, if they grow they grow, if they keel over with the new potting soil – they keel over.
I potted up this plant in an old low terracotta pot which was the only spare one left and would do nicely to sit on my desk.
(after breaking all my beautiful ornate expensive pottery containers some years ago when I lived on the south-east side of Melbourne, I stick to cheap plastic pots these days. This low terracotta pot is the only ‘breakable’ one left).
My lounge room gets plenty of light from the floor-to-ceiling windows across the whole width of the room.
(I have grown vegatables and herbs indoors, but some don’t like the reverse cycle heater/air-conditioner on the wall).
At least I got the Peace Lily (indoors) repotted up to a larger pot 😀
Supposed to rain today, so I’ll be indoors ‘pretending’ to do the ironing and household chores 🙂
P.S. I almost forgot, not in the photo above, but I bought another large Mint bush. Can’t have the little Fairy-wrens running out of their favourite grazing ‘salad’.
So that makes 3 lush Mint bushes in round, or higher, pots and the rather pitiful remnants of the original mint plant in the low trough which the Superb Fairy-wrens and House Sparrows use as a smorgasbord for morning and afternoon tea.
The Mint in the low trough keeps sprouting new leaves and the Wrens and Sparrows keep snacking on the new young leaves leaving a rather untidy stunted mess.
Here’s a re-run of some of the images you’ve seen before (below). The bush in the low trough looks rather unsightly, but since my young avian friends enjoy their picnic on the bush(es), I can’t bear to toss it out in favour of a large, more robust bush.
Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle.
Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year.
I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western suburb of Melbourne and found a bush next to the Maribyrnong River walking trail, near my current home.
SUNSHINE WATTLE (Acacia terminalis)
…….and when I lived next to the Yarra River on the north-east side of Melbourne in Abbotsford, the river was lined with Wattle Plants and made for a beatiful walk at this time of the year. I don’t know what all the different varieties are called, just that if I get too close, I start sneezing. These bushes are not an allergy-sufferers best friend.
2 Eastern Spinebills on a Wattle (Acacia) tree next to the Yarra River walking trail
Wattle is not shown on this part of the walking trail next to the Yarra River, but this shows what a delightful time of year, the area is.
I finally remembered that shot I wanted was around mid 2015 when I lived on the north-eastern side of Melbourne, so it actually was easy to find after all. My short-term memory always has a ‘hiccup’ before it goes to the right part of my memory bank 😀
Here ’tis……from the 26th August, 2015. …..made with my Sony a6000 & 18-200mm lens.
…….and the close-up…..
If I go to the local Plant Nursery during the next week or so to buy seedlings and potting soil, I will try to walk home past the magnificent tree and get a ‘newer’ image.
There’s a cacophony of House Sparrows outside my lounge window at the moment. Don’t know what they’re twittering about, but it’s obviously some sort of argument, not the usual sweet sound.
I’ve had so many Sparrows on my bare-limbed Japanese Maple in the last couple of days that I couldn’t resist trying to get a shot of some of them this morning from where I’m sitting at my desk.
It’s not always easy to Autofocus when the lounge windows have dirty rain droplets on them. I have to keep moving the camera slightly to one side to stop it autofocusing on the dusty windows and focus on the actual bird(s).
Finally managed one shot (below).
You can see the Maple buds on the branches and you’ll also notice that this area is still in shade, with the sunlight shining on the other side of the road (which gives the image the bright light in the background).
In the latter part of the day, the other side of the road falls into shade (with my balcony in sunlight in the golden hour) 🙂