These Galahs seemed very happy to be feeding among the, now thickly, growing grass in a nearby park.
On the same walk I noticed the change in some native Clematis micro-phylla. The flowers have now finished and the seed heads are beginning to form. First they develop fine shiny fibres that will soon become fluffy balls capable of distributing the seeds in the wind.
In the garden...
...the apricot tree has now passed the peak of its flowering.
At the base of the apricot some tiny grape hyacinths have come up. These plants originally came from my parents' garden.
I was also somewhat relieved to see the first small leaves on the ornamental grape. In autumn I had transferred it into the ground from a pot.
On the fence an unusually blue Hardenbergia is now flowering prolifically, and threatening to engulf the nearby Nandina domestica. I decided to quickly create an ikebana with the Hardenbergia taking advantage of its cascading possibilities.
In this photo I have arranged it in a shallow bowl by Phil Elson. The right hand side of the bowl is cut off because of the distracting detail in the background of the photo.
I removed a lot of leaves and some flowers to show the twining nature of the vine as you can see in this close up photo. The vine is trailing against a ceramic plinth made by Graeme Wilkie.
Earlier in the week I attended the meeting of Ikebana International where the theme was Clivias, a native of South Africa which does well in our climate.
Greetings from Christopher
17th September 2017