Garden Mid January 2018


So far we only had few days of hot spells this summer. In the last few days, the much welcome rains had made the garden fresh and alive. Took few shots of flowers in the garden. Hibiscus and second batch of roses add more colours of the garden.

Roses do better in mild weather. This summer, with much less hot days, they are blooming for the second time. One photo of a couple of standard roses was from son’s place.

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Rose ‘Abracadabra’


Rose abracadabra - long stem.jpg

We are very busy right now helping our son to move into his newly bought home which is around 30 km away from our place. The pebbles layered garden bed around the house is bare, and my task is to select and grow some ornamental plants.

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Garden Early Winter 2017


Cold start of winter. Today was mainly overcast with few sunny breaks. The gardens are still reasonably fresh and colourful thanks to the enough rainfalls. Now  I can hear the coo-cooing sound of the turtle doves while some other garden birds are chattering softly.

Along the footpath: The pear tree is bare but the rest of the plants look fresh. Crassulas  and  the Thryptomene bush are all blooming. Hibiscuses are still flowering though the blossoms are smaller now.

Along the Footpath June 15 - 2017

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Garden – Last Month of Summer



I cannot believe that now is February and next month will be Autumn already. Summer this year has been quite mild here in Melbourne so that we hardly feel it. Hopefully the Autumn months won’t be too warm which is not very good for the orchids, as they need cooler nights to initiate blooming.

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Rose ‘Peace’ si Mawar Perdamaian



Diawal musim semi saat ini di Melbourne sini, cuaca yang tak ramah dengan banyaknya hujan dan angin dingin, tidak membuat pohon bunga mawar Peace Rose kami enggan berbunga. Sebaliknya ‘Mawar Perdamaian’ ini malah mulai berbunga setelah selesai beristirahat selama musim dingin. Satu bunga sudah mulai mekar dengan warna kuning bersemburat merah muda.

Bagi mereka yang suka menanam bunga mawar, pasti mengenal Hybrid Tea Rose yang diberi nama ‘Peace’ (Perdamaian) ini. Jenis mawar hibrida ini memiliki bunga yang besar cantik memukau. Kombinasi warnanya kuning lembut dengan semburan warna merah muda di pinggiran mahkota bunganya memberi kesan ‘adem ayem’ buat yang melihatnya. Baca selengkapnya

Garden Mid Summer 2016


The two months of Summer, December and January’, here in Melbourne have been quite mild, with only few hot days. The last few days of rains have made the garden look more alive with various new blooms. Even the lawn suddenly has started to look greener.
The two pear trees are full of fruits, and we always share them with wild Lorikeets. Now I can hear their noisy chits-chats and squeaks.

Pears and Rainbow Lorikeets:

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Roses 2015


 There’s so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted…… (Josie Maran)

 Rose ‘Peace’:
This year, the ‘Peace’ rose bloomed very early in Spring and I did not take any photos. The big and perfumed flowers are soft yellow with a splash of light pink around the edges. It always flowers every year and these are some photos that I took the previous year.

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