My Friday fertilizer entry for this week is a bit of a cheat because the flowers are not mine. I do still have some flowers around me at this very late stage of summer but yesterday I went to the Canberra show and I took some pictures there to share with you, so here they are.
Being late summer here, there was not a big number of flowers at the show, which I found a bit disappointing because where I lived before at Junee the show was on in mid spring and there were lots of flowers to look at. They were my main reason for going there each year. I won several awards for my roses and other bits and pieces at the Junee show in the years that I could participate due to work commitments. But that is another story, another life. Anyway.
The first pic, above, is of the display put on by the floral art guild. The next pic is by the same group.
A table full of naked ladys. Amaryllis is their proper name I think.
The flower entries consisted of almost only dahlia blooms. Some of them were lovely. I used to grow them but ditched that idea after leaving them in the ground for too long and they formed huge clumps that were very tough to dig up and separate, you look after them all year to get one flush of flowers and that is it, they are nothing much for the rest of the year, so I thought they were a bit of a take. The little bi color one in the picture was very cute.
Big yellow cactus style dahlia. Pom pom style at the back, they remind me of big heavy headed drum sticks.
You can see from the pic above the flower display was rather sparse. The display at the back was fruit and veges and looked great. The ones of these at the Sydney Easter show are really a sight to see.
Big animals and little. On the way back to the car there was a little girl on these camels screaming her head off "I want to get down, let me off" which is exactly what I would have been doing at her age if I was put up there on a camel. I always liked my feet planted firmly in the earth.
Aren't we just ducky! Children's farmyard. My aunt used to keep ducks, I always thought they were cute when they were little but when they grew up they were stinky and dirty. My neice Cassie used to have a pet duck called Balthazar when she was in her teens and it was nasty and aggressive, but she loved him.
Cute little chickies. I do miss not being able to have my own chooks were we live now. I loved my Junee chooks. I had a little family of silkies amongst them and they were lovely, plus some cross breds which gave me the best eggs. Home grown always tastes better doesn't it.
Last but not least. Here are some little button wildflowers I found growing in the park down the road from me the other day. Not many wildflowers in suburbia but some of the tough little guys like these ones manage to survive.
The flowers around my yard at the moment consist of the faithful old oleander bushes. They have been flowering happily since late spring last year. I also have a couple of gardenia flowers, heavenly if you walk outside at night time when they scent the air, and my ivy geraniums which have not been without a flower on them for 4 months or more. I have discovered a small clump of autumn crocus have popped up under a tree out the back, but they are not flowering yet.