29 October 2010

Favourite Things Friday

From memory I think Mrs P said she would be late in putting up FTF post, but as I need to fill in a bit of time while the kids are playing WII (they have a pupil free day today), mind you I should be doing housework or working on karen's quilt but I am lacking energy today so that probably won't happen... Too much sports day yesterday I think, standing around in the heat (when we haven't had much yet) and wind and then too much sleep. Don't report us for child neglect but I then fell asleep on the lounge just after 8 (so did hubby). The kids woke me up at 8.45 after watching a shark eat a woman on CSI, put them to bed they were too tired to have nightmare's ... tonight might be different lol.


I digress.... my favourite things friday is Geralton Wax and this time of year is when it looks its best.

The reason I love them is they remind me of my childhood. My nana's next door neighbour had one in her garden.  The garden was always immaculate and well tended.  She had a formal flower garden in the centre  which was always perfect and then this beautiful ball of pink flowers to the right.  My mum always worked so we spent a lot of time at my nana's house, she had a lovely flower garden as well but the neighbours was always perfect, secretly I think Nan was always competing with her, but she was like the Martha Stewart of Gardens and Senior's Craft so there really was not competition.

I have 4 bushes but only two are worth photographing, the other 2 have just not done very well I don't think the soil is very ideal in that bit of the garden in fact I think it is pretty much just top soil on a big lot of builders rubble.  The bush above is always a winner, I think it is a fairly generic variety.  The one below is quite pretty but hasn't liked the drought over the last few years and isn't looking as good (hubby is threatening to dig it up), but it's flowers change shade from light pink to drk pink as they mature (or it might be the other way round) and I like the different shades on the one bush.

While I was taking snaps I found this guy, another favourite thing for me a dragonfly he was pretty spectacular.  I haven't seen one quite this small.  He had a fluro blue spot at the end of his tail and his main body was bright green, which is a bit lost on the photo... one day I will get that macro lense.

Did it again forgot the important bit.  
Check out Mrs P.'s Quilting in My Pajamas to see other Favorite Things. 

12 comments:

Kate said...

Dragon flies are so cool, and so hard to photograph (even with a macro lense). Love your flowers. I guess you are getting pinks and purples in your part of the world, while we are getting orange and yellow!

JKP said...

What lovely flowers. I've never seen those before. I wonder if they grow in the States.

Chookyblue...... said...

I wished I could grow geraldton wax.....and I to am dreaming of a macro lens.........

Marg said...

I wish I could grow Greraldton Wax too, it's very pretty.
Great photo of the dragonfly.

Shevvy said...

Thats a lovely looking plant, never seen that one before.

Seams Inspired said...

What pretty, pretty flowers. I've never seen them before, but can see why they are a favourite. PS...I still can't figure out my macro lens most of the time. :o) Happy FTF!

P. said...

Such a pretty shrub. I haven't seen those here. The color is really gorgeous. Nice dragonfly too!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Yep- I love dragonflies too. One of our dogs plays with them - chasing them and the dragonflies chase right back. It's cool to watch. I think they have a sense of humour.

What beautiful colours in your flower bushes! I love older type flowers and plants and thankfully many of them seem to be making a come back in gardens round the place.

I love the memories and associations this has for you too.

Kirsten's Cooking said...

really pretty pics! thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Gardening is one of my favorite things and those flowers are lovely. I can see why they are a favorite and how nice they bring back such special memories. Thanks so much for sharing!

xo -El

Baa-Me Kniits said...

I love those pink flowers....bet they don't grow in the tropics??

How cool is that dragonfly, I can never get one sitting still!

Barb H said...

We don't have that plant in my part of the world--the flowers are beautiful. Is there scent as well? Nana's flower gardens are the best, aren't they? Thanks for sharing.