Sunday, 18 September 2022

SUNDAY BEST #292 - NILLUMBIK SHIRE

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The Shire of Nillumbik is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia. It contains some outer northern suburbs of Melbourne and rural localities beyond the urban area. It has an area of 435 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 66,000 people. It was formed in 1994 from the merger of parts of the Shire of Eltham, Shire of Diamond Valley, Shire of Healesville and City of Whittlesea. The shire uses the tag-line the green wedge shire. Nillumbik was rated third of 590 Australian Local Government Areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. The countryside in the Shire is quite idyllic as this photograph shows.

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Thursday, 15 September 2022

ALOE

Aloe arborescens, the krantz aloe or candelabra aloe, is a species of flowering succulent perennial plant that belongs to the genus Aloe, which it shares with the well known and studied Aloe vera. The specific epithet arborescens means "tree-like". Aloe arborescens is valued by gardeners for its succulent green leaves, large vibrantly-colored flowers, winter blooming, and attraction for birds, bees, and butterflies. 

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Sunday, 11 September 2022

SUNDAY BEST #291 - MOORHEN

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Last week, Kwarkito in France posted a thoughtful entry in his blog about our trying times. The photo below reminds us that hope is still around and waiting to be discovered. Please visit his blog by clicking here.


Sunday, 4 September 2022

SUNDAY BEST #290 - SUNNY BREAK

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Last week, Taken for granted in the USA shared this great photo with us. Be sure to visit his blog for lots more great shots!


Thursday, 1 September 2022

ISOTOME

Isotoma axillaris, commonly known as rock isotome or showy isotome, is a small herbaceous perennial in the family Campanulaceae. It usually has blue or mauve star-shaped flowers from September to May. It may also be called blue star, star flower, or laurentia.

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Sunday, 28 August 2022

SUNDAY BEST #289 - WINTRY MORNING

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Last week, Heidrun from Germany posted some lovely photos. one of which is below. Please visit her blog for more!


Sunday, 21 August 2022

SUNDAY BEST #288 - FOREST

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Sunday, 14 August 2022

SUNDAY BEST #287 - BY NIGHT

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Melbourne by night puts on a good show!
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Sunday, 7 August 2022

SUNDAY BEST #286 - RED DOOR

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Last week, Wordless in the USA shared some lovely photos, the one below is my fave!



Thursday, 4 August 2022

AFRICAN BUSH DAISY

Euryops chrysanthemoides (with the common names African bush daisy or bull's-eye) is a small shrub native to Southern Africa that is also grown as a horticultural specimen in tropical to subtropical regions around the world. It occurs in the Eastern Cape, along the coast and inland, to KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Swaziland.

It is usually found on forest edges, in riverine bush and in ravines, as well as in coastal scrub, grassland and disturbed areas. It is a compact, densely branched, leafy, evergreen shrub, 0.5 to 2m in height. The species was moved to Euryops from the genus Gamolepis on the basis of chromosome counts. It is a ruderal weed in New South Wales, although it is not weedy in all places where it is cultivated or has naturalised.

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Sunday, 31 July 2022

SUNDAY BEST #285 - WINTER TREES

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Last week, Klara in Poland posted some lovely photos of a street festival. The one below was my favourite. Please
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Sunday, 24 July 2022

SUNDAY BEST #284 - FUNGI

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Last week, Wordless in the USA shared some photos themed "blue". This one was my fave! Please visit her blog for more.


Sunday, 17 July 2022

SUNDAY BEST #283 - BY THE CREEK

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Last week, Lydia in Sydney had some lovely photos of a platypus. Please visit her blog to see more.


Sunday, 10 July 2022

SUNDAY BEST #282 - PROTECTED

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Apologies for last week's hiatus, family reasons prevented me from visiting you and for missing posts in a couple of my other blogs.
Diving into the Photo Archives to retrieve this image of a rice paddy in Vietnam, taken during happier times when international travel was so much easier!


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Sunday, 3 July 2022

SUNDAY BEST #281 - PROTECTED

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At the Darebin Parklands in Melbourne. Fenced off area during park upgrade works.

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Thursday, 30 June 2022

ALGERIAN IRIS

Iris unguicularis (also commonly known as the Algerian iris or Winter iris) is a rhizomatous flowering plant in the genus Iris, native to Greece, Turkey, Western Syria, and Tunisia. It grows to 30 centimetres, with grassy evergreen leaves, producing pale lilac or purple flowers with a central band of yellow on the falls. The flowers appear in winter and early spring. They are fragrant, with pronounced perianth tubes up to 20 cm long.

This plant is widely cultivated in temperate regions, and numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, including a slightly more tender white form 'Alba', and a dwarf variety I. unguicularis subsp. cretensis. The cultivar 'Mary Barnard' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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Sunday, 26 June 2022

SUNDAY BEST #280 - DINING OUT

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I know it's the wrong season in the photo, and also the wrong time of day, and also the wrong place, and also the wrong century, but this photo reminds me so much of the Renoir painting "Luncheon of the Boating Party". Simply because they're both images of people having a meal with friends and having a good time!

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Last week, Klara in Poland shared some delightful images of poppy fields at sunset. Please visit her blog for more photos.


Sunday, 19 June 2022

SUNDAY BEST #279 - HURRY HOME

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Sunday, 12 June 2022

SUNDAY BEST #278 - YARRA RIVER

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Sunday, 5 June 2022

SUNDAY BEST #277 - WILD MUSHROOMS

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Last week Klara in Poland showed off some of her lovely forest photos, my fave being the one below. Please visit her blog for more images!


Sunday, 29 May 2022

SUNDAY BEST #276 - YARRA RIVER

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Yarra Bend Park has been one of Melbourne’s largest expanses of inner suburban parkland for nearly 150 years. Yarra Bend Park and neighbouring Studley Park were reserved in 1877. Both park areas and several reserves were combined in 1929 to create one large park. The combined area became known as Yarra Bend National Park despite never being raised to formal national park status.

During the 1930’s additions included picnic and sporting grounds, toilet facilities and a public golf course. The Yarra Bend Golf Club House, officially opened in May 1936, is an original example of American ‘Country Club’ type architecture. The Park provides a great open space for walking, bike riding, riverside cafes, golf, boating, BBQs, picnicking and a host of other leisure activities.

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Thursday, 26 May 2022

TREE DAHLIA

Dahlia imperialis or Bell tree dahlia is an 8-10 metre tall member of the Dahlia genus native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia. It is a plant of the uplands and mountains, occurring at elevations of 1,500–1,700 metres, and its leaves are used as a dietary supplement by the Q'eqchi' people of San Pedro Carchá in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

It is a tuberous, herbaceous perennial, rapidly growing from the base after a dormant winter period, developing brittle, cane-like, 4-angled stems with swollen nodes and large tripinnate leaves, those near the ground soon being shed. The pendant or nodding flowerheads are 75-150mm across with ray florets lavender or mauvish-pink in colour. This species is fast-growing, the growth spurt being linked to shorter daylight hours, and usually comes into flower in autumn before the first frost. 

Propagation is by seed or by stem cuttings of some 30 cm long having at least two nodes, laid horizontally below the soil. Some Dahlia species were brought from Mexico to Europe in the 16th century. D. imperialis was first described in 1863 by Benedikt Roezl (1823–1885), the great Czech orchid collector and traveller, who, ten years later in 1872–73, went on his odyssey through the Americas.

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

SUNDAY BEST #275 - ON THE BAY

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Looking out on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sunday, 15 May 2022

SUNDAY BEST #274 - SKYSCRAPERS

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Sunday, 8 May 2022

SUNDAY BEST #273 - BUTTERFLY

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Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region.

The genus includes both herbaceous plants and shrubs growing to 0.5–2 m (1.6–6.6 ft) tall. Their common names are shrub verbenas or lantanas. The generic name originated in Late Latin, where it refers to the unrelated Viburnum lantana. This is a Lantana camara in our garden, which this butterfly is finding particularly tempting. The butterfly is the Australian painted lady butterfly, Vanessa kershawi.

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Thursday, 5 May 2022

PHLOX

Phlox drummondii in the Polemoniaceae family has been around in various cultivars for many decades. Native to Texas, it is also widely distributed in the southeastern United States, especially along public highways. P. drummondii is often used as an ornamental plant. The flowers have a wide range of colours from white and cream through pinks, lilacs, roses, purples and reds, to almost black.

Phlox drummondii is named after Scottish botanist Thomas Drummond, who sent it and a variety of other plant samples back to Britain following his 1833–1835 expedition to Texas. It is an annual, growing from seed each year. The branches have sharp, pointed, lengthy, ciliated leaves with rounded flowers. The flowers are single or double, with lightly scented, flat, star-shaped petals. The flowers mature to 2.5 cm in diameter. It tolerates cold weather well, but requires plentiful watering and dislikes drought, wind and heat.

A popular cultivar the last few years is the very attractive Phlox drummondii 'Twinkle Stars' shown here. It flowers profusely, is available in a variety of colours and has a characteristic flower shape with deep indentations in the petals, reminiscent of a star. It brightens up the garden and also grows well in containers. It blooms starting early summer and continues all summer long. It likes full sun, but I have been successful with partial shade. It doesn't like being transplanted much so be careful with the root system.

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Sunday, 1 May 2022

SUNDAY BEST #272 - FOUNTAIN

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Fountain outside Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Buildings.

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