"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

-Skybax rider motto

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

National Lifestyle Village

NLV - Mum's & Dad's home, a lifestyle village for the over 45's
Sooo many chooks, in a fantastic pen.

Awesome raised vegie gardens

The Entrance to the village

The village is called an eco village, They only grow natives in the gardens which are watered with recycled water.

View of the bowling green

The new indoor pool still a work in progress, but with the promise of lots of flashness!

Not sure what this plant is, but I loved the yellow flower.

Eucalyptus, Rodanthe perhaps?

A gorgeous bbq area called central park.

This is what I want in my back yard please!!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Screen, trellis & vegie gardens

The two screens I purchased from Stratco have been welded to a steel frame & concreted in about 3 feet down.  A cyclone wouldnt blow it over!!  Doesnt look that great at the moment but with some greenery around should blend nicely.

This little trellis which has also been well & truly concreted in, I will grow a creeper on to semi hide the man cave, thinking a mandevilla, I dont want anything too large or aggressive at the trellis only measures 2m x 2m.  The shade cloth structure belongs to our neighbour & covers his aquaponics vegie garden.

Two beautiful home built raised vegie gardens have been installed along with a small movable trellis for growing peas or beans.

We were going to buy them from stratco but they were about $250each, these were built out of left overs from the man cave at no cost. Its nice to have a win!
I am waiting to go and get some sheep poo from my mother inlaw's farm to fill them up further, but my wonderful husband has done a marvellous job along with the help of No 2 son. Well done guys!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rain, Rain, glorious rain!

My planting progress has come to a halt, but thats fine as we have had in excess of 50 beautiful mls of precipitation, this June.
I am most excited to see the water pooling on top as this indicates my Gin Gin loam has some clay content, yay!  We also had a small amount of hail too!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The retic helper!

Bella getting the sprinkler fittings in place!
Way too much to say & totally unwilling to give up her sprinkler raiser, so in actual fact no help whatsoever!!  But the butt of lots of jokes, providing endless entertainment, poor old girl, we do love her!

Winter Solstice

Solstice'in Latin means 'sun-stopping'. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time.
Leucadendron Inca Gold

I have decided to plant leucandendrons along my western facing fence, hopefully they can cope with our hot summer sun
Leucadendron Discolor
All three are bushy shrubs, growing 2m x 2m with yellow bracts, the tags say drought tolerant. which I knew anyway, I'm just not sure about reflective heat off a super six fence.
Leucadendron salignum

A solstice happens when the sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees.

So from now on the days will get longer again, seems a bit weird as I don't feel as though we've had any winter at all yet, it certainly hasn't been cold!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Sydney Rock Lilly

Dendrobium speciosum,
My rock lilly is about to flower, which is astounding considering the rough treatment she's been given.
Totally neglected at Northam, left in the hot western sun for two years, not watered!  What an amazing plant, she is now sending out flower stalks, about 4 I think.

You can see that she is still looking quite burnt on the older leaves, I have repotted her & placed her in a sheltered spot, where I walk by every morning, lean over & whisper gentle encouragement. I have solemnly promised to never mistreat her again & I think she believes me!  The dendrobium speciosum orchid is a lithophyte (growing on rocks) or an epiphyte (growing on another living plant, but not parasitic in nature).  She is growing here in a specific native orchid mix, apparently they are also heavy feeders.

Friday, 19 June 2015

New plants

Well new to me anyway!  This azalea has one bloom with a new one coming on the side.  Not a big fan of azalea's, I inherited three with the house, I have transplanted two into pots from the front garden, this is one,  & the only one to flower at present.  It looks a lot better in the photo, its really quite small & we'll see if I keep these plants or not.  The azalea's I had at Oslo Lane suffered continuously from petal blight, so too high care for me, Im a tough love kinda gal!

Begonia of some sort, I have planted in a pot & has flowered continuously since.

Ipomea batatas summer lovin sweetheart with sun kisses in there somewhere, what a mouth full!  anyway looked gorgeous while it was warm, started to turn up its nose when the mercury plummeted, so will see if it keels over or bucks up with the warmer weather!

Heuchera berry smoothie, feeling very comfortable in his pot

& brother Heuchera lime marmalade likewise in his pot!