Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Mum's autumn garden


A few weeks ago I took my camera on a visit to my Mum. While we were inspecting the garden, I snapped a few photos along the way. :-)  My Mum has an amazing garden on a half acre block. It is currently full of autumn colour.

Mum has the biggest collection of different coloured gazanias I've ever seen. I love them. Especially the cream and yellow ones.
The orange ones glow.
These pinky ones are pretty cute, too!
There are more colours, I just didn't capture them on my last visit.

As well as gazania's there are dahlias (I think that is what this next flower is...)
In the front garden, just in front of the "fairy garden" that Grandma created for my girls, is a seat, surrounded by my favourite caladiums (the ones with the bright red centres). I haven't sat here yet, but it is beckoning me.
In the backyard, my Mum grows a weed to attract the monarch butterflies. The weed plant is quite nice, it has pretty flowers and puffball seed pods. This  weed is MAGIC. It is always covered in monarch caterpillars!
When I was a kid, I used to collect these caterpillars and keep them while they created a crysalis and then emerged as butterflies.
I'm thinking of planting this weed in my own yard, just so that I can get these butterflies to move in. :-)
Also in the backyard are other bugs, that hang out on the citrus trees. Mum has lots of citrus to keep these bugs happy.

I don't know what this next flower is called. Mum, are you reading? What is it? It's super-pretty, regardless of its name.
Edit: Mum says this is a ginger.
While my Mum was calling me to take a photo of the stink bug, I was engrossed in capturing the raindrops on this leaf! It was glittering silver.
To finish up, I'll leave you with one of my fairies, who is happily making herself a fairy circle. It is lucky that Grandma doesn't mind her fairy princess beheading the flowers, LOL!
Thanks for visiting my Mum's garden with me!



  1. What amazing photos! I would love to be able to know how to use my camera! LOL - I bet it could do this too! :)

  2. Beautiful flowers and stunning photography Michelle, I'm very envious that you have the Monarch butterfly visit your country let alone your garden... we can only see them at Butterfly farms here!! The stripey caterpillars are delightful :0)

  3. Wow, you take fabulous photos! What a talent!!!!

  4. Oh Michelle - your pictures are gorgeous -- I am so happy I popped in to see what this was!!

  5. Absolutely incredible photos!

    Alessandra at

  6. Beautiful photos! I'm not a huge fan of caterpillars. But I do like butterflies! LOL~

  7. Beautiful & so, so pretty. Thanks for sharing :) Hugs Bev x

  8. Great photos....thanks for sharing Michelle.