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Thursday, September 29, 2011

"When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil"




The first rose - Gold Bunny


Freesias



Camellia


The inseparable pigeon pair



Meyer lemon
making Lemon Drizzle Cake 
a treat for hubby
only one slice a day!!



Orange Blossom


More Azaleas


Delicate Hellebore


Post title quote: Bishop Reginald Heber 1783-1826

20 comments:

steven said...

alaine those pigeons go beyond any pigeons i've ever seen so clearly they got "exoticized" when they made their way to oz. spring!!! i remember feeling jealous as we descended into the golden reds of autumn and you rose into spring this time last year and here we are again. enjoy the journey. i'm enjoying this one very much!!! steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...the crested pigeons live here for a few months - last year we had 11 but so far it's just Mum and Dad...I wonder how many babes they'll have this year? It is so pleasurable slipping in to both spring and autumn!

Wanda..... said...

Spring blossoms up quickly there and to have lemons on the tree in spring is special! Leaves are falling here!

Renée Finberg said...

the pigeons in the USA are not as pretty as yours!!
the garden looks amazing.
xx

akissfromthepast said...

lovely garden pictures!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda....your property is fantastic and it's great to see 'Herhusband' enjoying work about the place!

alaine@éclectique said...

Renée...they are rather exotic with their black topknot! The garden is very lush at present with heavy rains...keeps me busy!!

alaine@éclectique said...

akissfromthepast....thanks for visiting and, by the way, I love your blog title!!

Betsy said...

spring is springing! :)
lovely flowers...
lemon cake...yum!

Betsy said...

oh how fun...we were commenting on each other's blogs simultaneously! ha.

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...I love it when that happens! Yep, making lots of lemon cake...hubby has to take nasty anti-biotics 'after food'. So he has a bit of cake, then the pill!

Maison de lin said...

Hello,

Wow, your garden looks amazing and i love lemon cake...

Have a nice weekend ;-)
Jérôme

alaine@éclectique said...

Jérome....happy weekend too!

Delwyn said...

Hi Alaine
it's nice to see your southern spring, rather like the springs I knew in NZ. It's really blustery here today but warm, 26', perhaps I'll take a late afternoon walk and look for subtle signs of spring...the flowering lily pillies and bottlebrushes are bright and obvious, I wonder what else I can see if I look more closely. yesterday a baby noisy miner gave me a good squawk...well perhaps it was intended for his mother...

I love your old fashioned soft hellebore...

alaine@éclectique said...

Delwyn...lovely to hear from you! It's been quite cool here today...I'm looking forward to a figure over 20º to warm my bones!

The Hellebores are doing well so far this year; right next to that one is the mauve. Every year they get a little white fly all over them chewing away, which I hose off.

It's good to see you back at "A Hazy Moon" - http://ahazymoon.blogspot.com/

LaPouyette said...

So beautiful, Alaine!
Hard to believe that you,re heading into spring and we in the West into autumn!
Love all your flowers, particularly the Hellebores, as you may know or remember from my spring posts.
And the pair of Pigeon are absolutely lovely!

I do hope that the heart-condition of your 'better half' has improved and he is back home by now to enjoy all the new life of nature.

Best wishes and warmest greetings,
karin

LaPouyette said...

P.S. Orange blossom: Is it a Choysia, also called 'Mexican Orange'?
Which has a beautiful scent. k

alaine@éclectique said...

LaPouyette....Hello Karin, yes, I do remember your gorgeous Hellebores!

Thankyou for asking about Michael...yes, he's now home and is recovering well.

Yes, the orange blossom is Choysia ternata and this year is so lovely with the rain we've had (no more drought!). It would make a lovely hedge. ax

Reflections said...

Stunning! The pigeons are incredible. Wonderful post.

alaine@éclectique said...

Reflections...Thank you! We call the pigeons our "Woos"....we call them with a "woo-woo" and they reply.