Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our Aussie Spring Garden

Using the camera has become more difficult due to this 'dyslexic' right arm/hand. Taking these pictures led to tears of frustration when I found myself no longer able to use any of the fingers of the right hand. Lots of strengthening exercises and I later managed to snap a few. Hand is no longer steady. I am grateful for the technology that allows me to work even at the 'entry' level. The parrots love the front railing.

 An Australian male King Parrot feeding the babe
 Male Australian King Parrots are the only Australian Parrot with a completely red head. This is 'Percival' our 'regular' enjoying the sunflower seeds.
 Allamanda Cherry Ripe which, when in full bloom is a spectacular climber suitable for pots and tubs
 Grevillea Peaches and Cream
 Grevillea Peaches and Cream close-up
 Kangaroo Paw under the front stairs
 Native Hibiscus
 Swamp Hibiscus
 Water Iris
 Yellow Clivia
 Cream Grevillea Banksii
 Weigela, with its arching branches producing pink flowers is not native to Australia
 A Chinese Lantern bought for $1 as a 'stick' when we visited Victoria for the butterfly release
 Another Variegated Chinese Lantern which absolutely thrives in our garden
 A weeping form of Callistemon (Bottle Brush)
Our view


Kaz said...

Wow just beautiful Chez...Was that the parrot that you were yelling at when we were on the phone attacking your door??

Chez was thinking that maybe a pod to sit camera on so you can snap with left hand,but at the same time means carry the pod around which would be a problem also..

Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden,awesome.

Love you,Kaz.xo

stonepost said...

Wow, Chez, beautiful garden and they are great photos! What a strange, wonderful world we live in. I have never seen a parrot just flying around loose, carefree and open to the air! They are locked up here, in tiny cages for our amusement.

WhiteStone said...

Oh, what lovely photos of spring! We're heading into winter so it's lovely to know that spring is happening in your part of the world!!! lovely!
Sorry about your hand and the aggravation it causes. And I hope will improve somewhat for you.

Anonymous said...

Chez, your photos are spectacular! One would never know that you had such a challenge taking them. I do hope that your strengthening exercises prove effective, and that they will reduce pain.
Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

Chez said...

Kaz it most certainly is!!! Percival the pest. On occasions. So sweet this day though.
Your idea is a goosd one and I have it on my shopping list for Tuesday.
I will try to do some pics of the garden as a whole. Problem is there are still many gaps now that I am unable to garden.
Love and gratitude sweetie xo

Chez said...

StonePost we have the most beautiful birds flying free in our garden. We do live on nearly 200 acres and have planted trees and shrubs to attract them. They do brighten dull days. A real blessing..

Chez said...

WhiteStone we have had lots of spring rain which means good weather for now. Interesting to be writing about different sides of the globe, including weather.
Thankfully, the aggravation passes.
Sort of like 'get over it, or get used to it.' I will certainly do my best.

Chez said...

Audrey it has paid dividends having a camera to be be used as an SLR or digital. Best investment I could have made at the time. Determined to keep exercising this hand in the belief that it will allow me to continue to take photographs. They are such an important part of my healing.
Are you getting ready to celebrate your birthday?
Love and gratitude my friend xo

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

The photos are so beautiful it is hard to believe that they were so difficult for you to take. Hopefully you can continue to photograph your world and share with us. Thanks so much for brightening my day. I love the red parrot.

Maundering mutterer said...

Jolly good pictures, camera lady! Love the second parrot shot - and the garden pics are pretty interesting for me as a horticulturist besides being really nice shots - although I think Callistemon (among others) is about to be declared a weed over here. Then again, you have us S. Africans to thank for Oxalis and Watsonias and a few more rather lovely weeds. Its nice to see things where they belong! Gorgeous view over rolling hills!

Sami said...

I love that you posted pictures too recently! Funny how different our sides of the world are at this time of year. All the flowers here are taking a little nap til the spring now, so thank you for sharing and brightening my day (literally!).

artistdeb said...

Spring! What a lovely time of year and such beauty you have shared with us.

Chez said...

Mm, we do have beautiful views from the farm house and the garden was to be a joy. Instead it has become unmanageable due to my health. Haydn is a farmer and loves nothing more than to be on the tractor ploughing and sowing. He is not a gardener! Unfortunately!
I was beginning to learn so much more about our choice of plants and had ideas to have a magnificent garde.
We do find many plants that are native to your country grow well here on the east coast.
Think I have been banned from feeding the parrots as they tend to become aggressive when not fed.
Love and gratitude

Chez said...

Jeanne, it is lovely to 'catch up' with you again. We are having real spring weather. Best season in years.
Take care. Look forward to learning more about your up and coming appointment.
Bless you xo

Chez said...

Sami, anything to brighten your day is great with me.
I smile at the fact that technology allows us to speak real time and that 'yes' we are literally on different sides of the world with opposite seasons.
Love and gratitude xo

Chez said...

Deb, not sure if spring or autumn is my favourite time of year. We are a little warm to have many trees that change to autumn hues and lose their leaves.
Love and gratitude xo

joinourloop said...

I loved seeing these was an exotic trip across the globe for me.