Category Archives: Plants Plus


Spring Inspiration

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As we pulled up alongside the kerb, there was Dear M-in-Law busy weeding. The garden is in it’s Spring lull, the roses are shooting, and buds are forming. Although the garden is bare, yet colour abounds, A source of patchworks ideas … Continue reading

Beautiful Begonias

Recently on a trip to visit M-in-L in Ballarat, had us viewing the Begonias in full bloom. Ballarat holds an annual Begonia Festival and this year’s flowers were amazing.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

The 2016 Begonia of the Year

The 2016 Begonia of the Year

This is a lego version of the 'Begonia of the Year'.

This is a lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.

Back of the lego version of the 'Begonia of the Year'.

Back of the lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.

Ballarat Begonia Festival

The hanging baskets were particularly successful.

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Row upon row, upon row …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Blooms in hot bright colours …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Blooms as large as dinner plates …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

The display was breath-taking …

The colours were glorious, and if you ever get the chance, drop into the Ballarat Begonia Festival in March each year, or during April – the flowers last so well.

I wonder what patchwork quilts could come from these vibrant bright colours …..


‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

Oh, the Gumnut babies must have been out and about this morning – hiding in this tree!

While trying to keep up with DH whilst out walking after the traditional Sunday breakfast of eggs, (“How else do you know what day it is!”), the tree blossoms were magnificent.

(Read a quick explanation of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ on Lisa Walton’s blog)

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie must be around somewhere!

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie must be around somewhere!

In our neighbourhood, so many plants are non-natives to Australia, and with the climate changing I wonder how much longer they will continue to survive.

Little 'hats' in the making!

Little ‘hats’ in the making!

The magenta colour is so clear and vibrant, perfectly balanced against the glossy green of the leaves and the shades of lime green in the cups. No wonder nature is a source of inspiration to so many patchwork quilters.

Throw in the muted greys and browns from the trunk and a palette of colours for a striking quilt appears. Now who is going to design and make it?


Native what …?

What Australian native is this?

What Australian native is this?

Every year DS and I venture off to spend the day at the Royal Melbourne Show to check out the Arts and Crafts Pavilion along with all the boutique foods and produce. A few years ago I brought home and potted up two Australian natives – one the black pepper bush and this one. Unfortunately I lost the tag for this plant, so I don’t know  what it is. This is the first year it has flowered, and profusely! It is so delicate with a very soft and light, yet sweet, perfume.

I think that last year’s massive 45 degree heat wave on top of the effects of the ten year drought, has impeded this plant’s progress. As a native of the eastern highlands, it needs more water than drier plains area plants, so perhaps this summer’s more temperate weather and watering has made it blossom.

Do you know what it is, let me know!