Sunday, November 27, 2011

Only in Australia?

Found this in the supermarket - heavily marked down so obviously not a good seller. But I succumbed being a vegemite addict.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Borrowing from another blogger

Came across this while catching up with news on Rochelle Greayer's studioblog

To quote from the youtube site:

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system.

PS - watch on youtube - the right third of the image is lost here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Glorious nature

Having complained about how green the property is, I have to recant and show some glorious color.  I am always amazed at how these colors all seem to glow at the highest intensity.

For the past seven years or so  I've longed for this poppy to grow in the garden (or anywhere for that matter) - seeds were given me by a neighbour.  No sign of this poppy, just acres of the other - and suddenly in the midst of the rainbow chard and cavalo nero this happens.

This looks like an inside out flower. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

This week

  • I organised a garden party for about 250 people.  Huge fun, great night - we were celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens (pics etc on the blog).
  • Took lots of pics at the farm - especially the paeonies - which smell divine.  Similar were posted this time last year and the year before .... so I shan't indulge.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Something worth saving

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Camille Pissarro

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bee beauty - once again

It is with great pleasure and no little envy that I read Val Littlewood's blog - her illustrations are exquisite and never more so than when she is working on/with bees.  Recently she's been taking us through the process of selecting the subject, then creating the image.  Her subject is snail shell bees (osmia bicolour). Have you ever heard of these?  They find a snail shell, and camouflage it by burying it or covering it with pine needles.  Truly amazing stuff.  There are great pics on Val's blog and this image of a bee on a broomstick

comes from Keith Balmer's blog here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flowers vs fruit and veg

As ours is a "working" property the predominant color is green. Which is glorious, rich and - well - overwhelmingly green.  So the very colorful flowers nearest the house are most welcome.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

In the igloo

The (former) igloo is full of radishes, onions, garlic, rainbow chard, cavalo nero, oriental poppies, willow striplings, aubergine, yuzu, beetroot. cabbages.  When I write down all that inhabits the igloo the list looks immense, but there's still room for more!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another thing of beauty

Love checking out the photographs entered in the Gardening Gone Wild site.  One day I'll enter - but in the meantime, here's the latest pic from the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.