Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Good and bad tales from the gardens

Discovered the other day that I wasn't the only one to admire the giant cyclamen leaves. Found it decimated by loopers. Not happy...  (They look like little sticks, but when you touch them they curl up into a loop.)

Have just enjoyed the five day break to celebrate Easter and Anzac Day. It has been superb weather, with warm days and bright blue skies. The days leading up to it were a mixed bag of great pleasure seeing the Singing Quilter again at Victor Harbor, and great sadness as my sister-in-law lost her battle with cancer that same evening.

Over the weekend my sewing room / office converted  to spare bedroom for the visit of a long time friend from England - much catching up to do, so no time for stitching. Went sightseeing on the Fleurieu on Sunday and managed (pure luck) to turn it all on for her at Goolwa - a market, the Oscar W steaming up and setting off, above, and the Cockle train steaming in. Walked on our local beach yesterday, and loved this touch of colour on the sand...

Visited the Botanic Gardens, Mortlock Library and Art Gallery today - all admired and appreciated by Diana, our visitor who suggested that South Australia's features should be better marketed. We were all pleased to see the recently restored Botanical Museum at the Gardens - could easily spend hours in there. The paper mache apple varieties from the 1880s are amazing, and look just like the real thing. Below is an old favourite - The Palm House ...


This last picture is of our Manchurian Pear tree, which has some lovely autumn colouring but seems a little confused - there are buds on the branches already.

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