Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today's Flowers; Lycoris Aurea;

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Lycoris Aurea
also known as Spider lily, surprise lily, naked lady. This yellow magic lily, is a beautiful golden yellow and blooms here in late summer. They reach heights of 20 inches and are often called the "Magic Lily." The strap-shaped green foliage is also very attractive. It disappears before the flowers start to grow.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today's Flowers;

Today's Flowers; Canna;

I grow a few Cannas in my garden. I am always impressed by these stately, exotic and tough flowers.
Here some information on this fabulous plant.

Canna (or Canna lily, although not a true lily) is a genus of approximately twenty species of flowering plants The closest living relations to cannas are the other plant families of the order Zingiberales, that is the gingers, bananas, marantas, heliconias, strelitzias, etc Canna is the only genus in the family Cannaceae. Such a family has almost universally been recognized by taxonomists. Recognizes the family, and assigns it to the order Zingiberales in the clade commelinids, in the monocots.
The species have large, attractive foliage and
horticulturists have turned it into a large-flowered, brash, bright and sometimes gaudy, garden plant. In addition, it is one of the world's richest starch sources, and is an agricultural plantAlthough a plant of the tropics, most cultivars have been developed in temperate climates and are easy to grow in most countries of the world as long as they can enjoy about 6 hours average sunlight during the summer. See the Canna cultivar gallery for photographs of Canna cultivars.
The name Canna originates from the
Celtic word for a cane or reed

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Australian Poetry;

Henry Lawson (17 June 1867, Grenfell goldfields, New South Wales - 2 September 1922, Sydney) was an Australian writer and poet. Lawson and his contemporary Banjo Paterson are the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period.

His mother was Louisa Lawson 1847 - 1920 was a prominent suffragist and owner/editor of The Dawn journal which was partly responsible for Australia becoming one of the first countries to attain adult female suffrage.

His father was Niels Larsen, a Norwegian seaman who settled in Australia; on Henry's birth, the family surname was anglicised and
Niels became Peter Lawson.

The Song of the Darling River;

The skies are brass and the plains are bare,
Death and ruin are everywhere --
And all that is left of the last year's flood
Is a sickly stream on the grey-black mud;
The salt-springs bubble and the quagmires quiver,
And -- this is the dirge of the Darling River:

`I rise in the drought from the Queensland rain,
`I fill my branches again and again;
`I hold my billabongs back in vain,
`For my life and my peoples the South Seas drain;
`And the land grows old and the people never
`Will see the worth of the Darling River.

`I drown dry gullies and lave bare hills,
`I turn drought-ruts into rippling rills --
`I form fair island and glades all green
`Till every bend is a sylvan scene.
`I have watered the barren land ten leagues wide!
`But in vain I have tried, ah! in vain I have tried
`To show the sign of the Great All Giver,
`The Word to a people: O! lock your river.

`I want no blistering barge aground,
`But racing steamers the seasons round;
`I want fair homes on my lonely ways,
`A people's love and a people's praise --
`And rosy children to dive and swim --
`And fair girls' feet in my rippling brim;
`And cool, green forests and gardens ever' --
Oh, this is the hymn of the Darling River.

The sky is brass and the scrub-lands glare,
Death and ruin are everywhere;
Thrown high to bleach, or deep in the mud
The bones lie buried by last year's flood,
And the Demons dance from the Never Never
To laugh at the rise of the Darling River.

The Darling near Bourke.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Today's Flowers;

Peruvian Morning Glory. I have searched far and wide but could not find this plant's Latin name. It grows into a weeping shrub, freely flowering most of the year. It is not invasive at all. Responds well to the occasional haircut!

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Photos T.S.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Today's Flowers;

Purple; Pink and Skyblue;

Tibouchina; Princess flower; Lasiandra and many more names for this glorious shrub.

Petunia a wonderful bedding plant; I never miss a season to grow this easy and floriferous plant.

Bog Salvia; Salvia uliginosa, loves a moist place and flowers all summer long.

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