I’ll give you a daisy a day dear………………

After I cleared up the dishes from the tea party the other day I had a wander round the garden and noticed there were Marguerite Daisies (argyranthemum) and Lavender x Allardii  ready for picking along with the last of the tiny blue flowered Forget – me – nots (Myosotis).  Click the gallery to enlarge

With an empty kitchen window sill plus a need to be cheered up – it seemed to me to be as good a time as any to bring some indoors.Daisies and Lavender

Daisies Lavender and CatsIsn’t it funny how when you look at something from one angle everything seems well blended and complete – then when you move and have another glance it appears separated and empty.  A bit like the flowers in the vase above 🙂

And the cat nick nacks were gifts from grandchildren given many years ago.

Jud Strunk once wrote a song about daisies
And each time I pick some from my garden
the chorus goes round and round in my head

I’ll give you a daisy a day dear
I’ll give you a daisy a day
I’ll love you until the rivers run still
and the four winds we know blow away

So guess what I was humming on Sunday
And guess what I’ll be humming today?

Flowers – songs –  memories?
Is it like that for you too?

Window Dressing #9……….

I find it hard to believe we are now into the second month of the second half of the year.  For us here in Australia August is the last month of winter – spring starts officially on the first day of September.  Early winter this year was unbelievably cold and July has been reported as being the warmest on record – to me it seemed cold so I’m not sure where I was on those days. To be fair we did have a few pleasant dry sunny days in the high teens (celcius) so maybe they contributed to the record!
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/eastern-australia-experiences-warmest-july-on-record/story-e6frfkp9-1226688944495
Some very low overnights coming up this week so the hotties will certainly be coming out at bedtime! 

 
We have a small wattle tree at the bottom of our garden visible from the kitchen window and when it blooms in the winter I feel ‘comfortable’ – doesn’t matter what’s it like – on a dull day or a bright sunny day – seeing those fluffy yellow balls there gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  

From the deck - Dull day
From the deck – Dull day

In fact when I see any wattle bloom I usually smile – don’t ask me why  – I just do :). 

From the deck - sunny day

From the deck – sunny day

When I see winter bulbs flowering and realise the seasons are changing – it also follows that seeing the yellow wattles in winter means the season will change.
Might take a while but it will happen.  

 Little rounds of sunshine

Little rounds of sunshine

So what does one do when all that sunshine in a different form is available for the taking – Well I usually bring some into the house along with azalea and camelias that might be out- just to give me the opportunity to smile on what could be a cold winter’s day 🙂

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Did you know that of the 1300 species of Acacia 960 are native to Australia – we call them Wattle here in Australia.  They are found in all states and about a third flower in winter

Golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), is the floral emblem of Australia
And September 1 is Wattle Day

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/publications/symbols/factsheets/national_floral_emblem.pdf
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2003/07/03/2578547.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia

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Window Dressing # 8 – Flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la…………….

I don’t often show the right hand side of the kitchen windowsill – it has a fly screen on the window and the view can be a hazy.  But would you look at that  – dishes on the draining board means Catherine has actually stood there long enough to do some housework!!

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Of course I don’t mind too much when it’s a lovely sunny day like Sunday was – and after this brief interlude in domesticity I was out the door and like a shot.   The previous post tells you what I did and saw but when I told you I’d picked the first Spring Bulb I didn’t mention there were a few others bits flowering as well.  Not enough for a flower basket (well I haven’t actually got one but it did paint a pretty picture didn’t it lol) but they did have to be carried indoors very carefully for the Kitchen Window Sill.

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As well as the first tiny unnamed jonquil (similar to paperwhites), I found a single bit of Hebe, an early bud from one of the Camellias, a couple of Azalea blooms that had survived the rain and much to my delight the Bergenia plants are starting to flower.  Is this a sign of Spring or are these just plants that love Winter?  I’m hoping it’s my first thought 🙂

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And of course there are the resident felines to consider – curly and his friends had been admiring the view since the beginning of last month so I gave Big Ears a treat and put him on there to keep them company.

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Did you see Santa and the shells were also still sitting in the same place on the right hand side – not enough dust in the air for me to have to wipe it down therefore they have sat there un-noticed all this time lol

How’s your window looking these days – are there enough flowers to make you smile at the kitchen sink?

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