It has been a busy week, with work picking up a bit, drying another batch of parsley, freezing strawberries and mulberries, the first attempt at making a small batch of piccalilli, and sowing a batch of seeds for summer flowers. We also had enough rain during the week – one chore less to do. Along with the increased heat, the garden is slowly starting to fill out and become green and pretty again, and there has been an explosion of colour in the garden (Ka-bloom!).
First up, not a ka-bloom but a BOOM!! A loud bang as something collided with the lounge window startled us both into nearly spilling our morning tea on Thursday morning. A bird! We rushed over to see a very dazed bird sitting in the garden under the window, in total shock and panting slightly. No doubt it had been ducking in and out of foliage trying to escape an insanely territorial Noisy Miner (aka Mickey). It is breeding season here and the Mickeys are on high alert for anything unusual in their territory. The poor stunned bird (tentatively identified as an immature Australasian Figbird) looked alright, apart from being dazed, so we decided to leave it alone to recover peacefully in the garden. we kept an eye on it to make sure it was still okay, and after about 2 hours it started showing signs of normality, shook itself and then flew off into a nearby tree. Almost immediately it was dive-bombed by a pair of Mickeys who chased it into the dense trees across the road.
2. Ka-Bloom!! The bottlebrush, Callistemon, at the bottom of the garden is around 4 metres tall is an explosion of colour, and is attracting the nectar eating birds, such as the Rainbow Lorikeet, the Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet and Noisy Miners who are feasting on the flowers. It gets quite noisy at feeding time! At night the flying foxes are squawking away as they also partake in the flower feast.
3. It is lovely to watch the birds from our garden swing while we have tea. On Thursday however, we spotted an unusual dark larger shape in the Callistemon, and on closer inspection found it was one of our resident pythons (carpet snake).
The snake must have recently come out of hibernation and was feeling a little peckish, and what better place to get some food than at the floral bar! The snake remained there for a day and a half, and only came down when Mr S did some noisy work in the vegetable garden (replacing a garden bed). Snakes do not like noise. As soon as Mr S left to get more tools, it slithered down the tree and into the agapanthus patch below. Only when we saw its entire length did we realize why it had stayed in the tree so long; it had been happily digesting a meal!
4. The other native plant that is ka-blooming is the Grevillea ‘Flamingo’. According to the label that came with the plant ” up to 13 blooms on one branch, this Grevillea has flowers so large that they arch down – looking like a pink flamingo feeding”. The blooms on my plant are not as bright pink as the label indicated, more a dusky pink, but never-the-less they do look stunning against the narrow grey-green foliage of the plant.
5. The roses have started blooming too …. Eyes for you, Polyantha rose – Pink Blush, Blossomtime and an unknown white climbing rose.
6. The lilies are also ka-blooming….. the black pearl lilies look magnificent, as do the Hippeastrum – white and red.
Thanks to The Propagator for allowing us to share our weekly Six on Saturdays. To find out more, please visit his blog.
References used regarding the carpet snake:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morelia_spilota (accessed 19/9/2020)