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Happy is he who has the power
To gather wisdom from a flower.

Medieval Saying
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The velvet leaf of our Kalanchoe beharensis.
The velvet leaf of our Kalanchoe beharensis.
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain .......
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain .......
Our Stapelia grandiflora is flowering again, but don't sniff it's aroma.
Our Stapelia grandiflora is flowering again, but don't sniff it's aroma.
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Lonely survivor near the window.
Lonely survivor near the window.
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t4%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f139592351.HCggcWdL.jpg Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion. -Martha Graham
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion. -Martha Graham
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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lathyrus odoratus
Lathyrus odoratus
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Pink Rock Lily
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2010_11040116 rs.jpg
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2010_10060004 rs.jpg
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Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.  -Roger Miller
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. -Roger Miller
Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.
Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. -Alan M. Eddison
Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. -Alan M. Eddison
 When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
It's a circus in our backyard, we're watching a trapeze act.
It's a circus in our backyard, we're watching a trapeze act.
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. -Theodore Roethke
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. -Theodore Roethke
Our Sookie on the prowl.
Our Sookie on the prowl.
 This Common Brushtail Possum has to share our backyard with Bobby our dog.
This Common Brushtail Possum has to share our backyard with Bobby our dog.
Our palm tree sheds its fronds in an elegant manner.
Our palm tree sheds its fronds in an elegant manner.
When bright flowers bloom Parchment crumbles, my words fade The pen has dropped ... -   Morpheus
When bright flowers bloom Parchment crumbles, my words fade The pen has dropped ... - Morpheus
Our Kalanchoe beharensis (Elephant's ear Kalanchoe) is now two metres high
Our Kalanchoe beharensis (Elephant's ear Kalanchoe) is now two metres high
The hardy Oleander loves the hot Aussie sun.
The hardy Oleander loves the hot Aussie sun.
Perhaps a little sharpening needed.
Perhaps a little sharpening needed.
We are here and it is now.   Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. -  Henry L. Mencken
We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. - Henry L. Mencken
Scorched by the sun.Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.... - Alan Watts.
Scorched by the sun."Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them...." - Alan Watts.
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. -  John Updike
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. - John Updike
An enemy that hates you is better than a friend that betrays you. -Jack G.
An enemy that hates you is better than a friend that betrays you. -Jack G.
As it is...
As it is...
How long should you try? Until.  -- Jim Rohn
"How long should you try? Until." -- Jim Rohn
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. -Proverbs 29:11
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. -Proverbs 29:11
Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. -  Author Unknown
Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. - Author Unknown
It pays not to cut the grass all the time.
It pays not to cut the grass all the time.
These grass blades haven't seen the lawnmower for a while.
These grass blades haven't seen the lawnmower for a while.
Finally out of reach -
Finally out of reach -
 The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  - E E. Cummings
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E E. Cummings
 One's first step...
"One's first step...
Dreams are renewable.....
"Dreams are renewable.....
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind...
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind...
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. -Marie Curie
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. -Marie Curie
The pessimist complains about the wind.....
The pessimist complains about the wind.....
Our Paulownia tree is in full flower, the air is buzzing with bees.
Our Paulownia tree is in full flower, the air is buzzing with bees.
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.  -William Shakespeare
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. -William Shakespeare
Champion the right to be yourself...
Champion the right to be yourself...
 The sweet forget-me-nots,   That grow for happy lovers.       - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
The sweet forget-me-nots, That grow for happy lovers. - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. -Seneca
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. -Seneca
Flowers grow out of dark moments. - Corita Kent
Flowers grow out of dark moments. - Corita Kent
Akebia Quinata (Five Leafed Akebia)
Akebia Quinata (Five Leafed Akebia)
Our Silver Princess had a fall, blustery weather denuded the Eucalyptus caesia.
Our Silver Princess had a fall, blustery weather denuded the Eucalyptus caesia.
Some winter cheer
Some winter cheer
 	Spiritual courage, peace, and grace. Strength of mind, hope, balance and light. Purpose and creativity.
Spiritual courage, peace, and grace. Strength of mind, hope, balance and light. Purpose and creativity.
When bright flowers bloom Parchment crumbles, my words fade The pen has dropped ...  Morpheus
When bright flowers bloom Parchment crumbles, my words fade The pen has dropped ... Morpheus
Up, up and away .......
Up, up and away .......
Trapeze act by  Ceropegia ampliata on our verandah
Trapeze act by Ceropegia ampliata on our verandah
 Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. -Hans Christian Anderson
Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. -Hans Christian Anderson
 Three stages of life
Three stages of life
 Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. -The Koran
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. -The Koran
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. -David Herbert Lawrence
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. -David Herbert Lawrence
Why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships?  -W. D. Richter
Why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships? -W. D. Richter
There are three sides to any argument: your side, my side and the right side.
There are three sides to any argument: your side, my side and the right side.
Fond of play
Fond of play
Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned -Swami Nirmalananda
Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned -Swami Nirmalananda
Flowers
Flowers
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Working in the garden gives me something ...
Working in the garden gives me something ...
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci
People can live one hundred years without really living a minute.
People can live one hundred years without really living a minute.
Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.  ~Quoted in Time
Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. ~Quoted in Time
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living...
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living...
Whenever you feel you will never see light.....
Whenever you feel you will never see light.....
A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be somewhere else
A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be somewhere else
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
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Hand held, dim light, ISO 1600
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Euphorbia Polygona "Snowflake"
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High and dry, singing its song
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Garden connection
Garden connection
 Between the showers.
Between the showers.
t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f90238124.iJow8uod.jpg Loveliest of lovely things ...
Loveliest of lovely things ...
And every breeze sings, 'All is well'.
And every breeze sings, "'All is well'.
Oops... caught in the act
Oops... caught in the act
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t6%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f75465825.TZ0U4El7.jpg t6%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f76045342.UO2XLL05.jpg Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. - George Santayana
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. - George Santayana
Fallen Eucalyptus caesia twig caught in the last rays for a show of defiance
Fallen Eucalyptus caesia twig caught in the last rays for a show of defiance
t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f90238125.TlnP5jXo.jpg Space travel close to home
Space travel close to home
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The simple act of stopping and looking...
The simple act of stopping and looking...
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My A 610 went on a space mission
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Tug of war, who's got the greatest stamina?
Tug of war, who's got the greatest stamina?
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. - Henry Ford
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. - Henry Ford
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I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
Spider  walkabout on a kalanchoe harensis leaf
Spider walkabout on a kalanchoe harensis leaf
I fell from the sky. I'm a parachutist, and I missed my mark  -Ursula Andress
I fell from the sky. I'm a parachutist, and I missed my mark -Ursula Andress
High flyer
High flyer
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Our new gardener on an inspection tour of the backyard
Snap*
Snap*
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old --  Franz Kafka
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old -- Franz Kafka
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Look at the flowers...
Dainty flower*
Dainty flower*
Shelter among leaf litter and logs
Shelter among leaf litter and logs
The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice  -Frank McCourt
The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice -Frank McCourt
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Japonica splendour
Japonica splendour
Stapelia inner sanctum
Stapelia inner sanctum
A wary possum*
A wary possum*
Bromeliad leaves.jpg
Bromeliad leaves.jpg
A close up underneath a Begonia with the help of a little sunshine
A close up underneath a Begonia with the help of a little sunshine
At last a good soaking rain
At last a good soaking rain
Getting up and getting out in the garden
Getting up and getting out in the garden
Hibiscus anther
Hibiscus anther
Prickly landing*
Prickly landing*
The lone hibiscus waits for the sun to bloom: morning’s first offering - R.K. Singh
The lone hibiscus waits for the sun to bloom: morning’s first offering - R.K. Singh
We can't be all pretty
We can't be all pretty
Nature's favourite colour in good shape
Nature's favourite colour in good shape
Schlumbergera after rain
Schlumbergera after rain
Wrapped up*
Wrapped up*
Windpower*
Windpower*
Succulent thoughts
Succulent thoughts
A playful Hoya
A playful Hoya
Spider web at dusk*
Spider web at dusk*
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We share this one
Echeveria setosa*
Echeveria setosa*
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said --  Santayana
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said -- Santayana
An potty Crassula doing the twist
An potty Crassula doing the twist
Insect lost its way
Insect lost its way
Three stages*
Three stages*
Aloe red*
Aloe red*
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.  -  Indian Proverb
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. - Indian Proverb
Epiphyllum 'Reward'
Epiphyllum 'Reward'
Wild creeper*
Wild creeper*
Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires  -  Lao-Tzu
Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires - Lao-Tzu
Polished performance*
Polished performance*
When men lack a sense of awe, there will be diaster -Lao Tsu
When men lack a sense of awe, there will be diaster -Lao Tsu
Hop in for a trip through the garden*
Hop in for a trip through the garden*
Flower with whiskers*
Flower with whiskers*
Flax leaves.jpg
Flax leaves.jpg
The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. -Unknown
The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. -Unknown
Stapelia*
Stapelia*
A fallen leaf is nothing more  than a summers wave good bye
A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summers wave good bye
Berries
Berries
Last appearance before the lawnmower struck
Last appearance before the lawnmower struck
Seduced by a hibiscus
Seduced by a hibiscus
Geranium flower*
Geranium flower*
Reaching  for the sky*
Reaching for the sky*
Looking for fertile soil
Looking for fertile soil
Headlight on an oleander
Headlight on an oleander
Winter brightness*
Winter brightness*
Just an ordinary weed
Just an ordinary weed
Salix caprea
Salix caprea
Pussy willow heralding springtime is not far off
Pussy willow heralding springtime is not far off
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust
Beehaving a good time*
Beehaving a good time*
 Leaf of the Ctenanthe oppenheimiana or the Never Never plant
Leaf of the Ctenanthe oppenheimiana or the Never Never plant
Zygo  bringing some winter brightness*
Zygo bringing some winter brightness*
Out of the blue this one pops up*
Out of the blue this one pops up*
Pink cactus flower*
Pink cactus flower*
Fence decorator*
Fence decorator*
A little adventurer*
A little adventurer*
Between bark and leaf*
Between bark and leaf*
Inner sanctum*
Inner sanctum*
Nandina flower
Nandina flower
 In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. -  Kozuko Okakura
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. - Kozuko Okakura
Gerbera
Gerbera
Refreshing shower*
Refreshing shower*
Inner glow.jpg
Inner glow.jpg
Boy, the old gardener left this place in a mess
Boy, the old gardener left this place in a mess
Cyclamen spreading its wings*
Cyclamen spreading its wings*
Coffee break and catching up on the news
Coffee break and catching up on the news
Gumnuts*
Gumnuts*
A fiery hot hibiscus loving the summer heat
A fiery hot hibiscus loving the summer heat
Tingeling*
Tingeling*
Ode To Enchanted Light
Ode To Enchanted Light
Green lilac bromeliad*
Green lilac bromeliad*
Handsome foliage of the Leucadendron
Handsome foliage of the Leucadendron
Let there be light
Let there be light
Stapelia flower, part of the centre, less than 5 mm,
Stapelia flower, part of the centre, less than 5 mm,
Late bloomer*
Late bloomer*
I cast to earth a seed, Up there came a flower - Alfred Lord Tennyson
I cast to earth a seed, Up there came a flower - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Yellow spectacle*
Yellow spectacle*
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. -   Jean Giraudoux
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. - Jean Giraudoux
Pink and white*
Pink and white*
Cactus flower looking refreshed after a shower
Cactus flower looking refreshed after a shower
A red hot hibiscus
A red hot hibiscus
The Meaning of Zen
The Meaning of Zen
Red grevillea*
Red grevillea*
Blue-tongues have a long body, large head and short legs and toes.
Blue-tongues have a long body, large head and short legs and toes.
Smokey bush*
Smokey bush*
In the hope of reaching the moon
In the hope of reaching the moon
Possum  on the move*
Possum on the move*
A snail no more
A snail no more
Tulip reflection*
Tulip reflection*
Fringe dweller*
Fringe dweller*
Begonia leaf nature's glass in lead window
Begonia leaf nature's glass in lead window
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul - The Koran
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul - The Koran
Sooky la-la sees  it all from her window sill
Sooky la-la sees it all from her window sill
Stapelia flower attracts the flies instead of bees
Stapelia flower attracts the flies instead of bees
The hairy Starfish flower smells very faintly of dead meat, hence this visitor
The hairy Starfish flower smells very faintly of dead meat, hence this visitor
Blue flower and fern*
Blue flower and fern*
Schlumbergera flower show*
Schlumbergera flower show*
The Czar*
The Czar*
Autumn colour*
Autumn colour*
Euphorbia polygona*
Euphorbia polygona*
It's mid winter, but our tree fern keep sprouting new shoots
It's mid winter, but our tree fern keep sprouting new shoots
Turned leaf*
Turned leaf*
Flowering quince*
Flowering quince*
Ray of beauty
Ray of beauty
Succulent flower.jpg
Succulent flower.jpg
Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the comtemplative life
Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the comtemplative life
Bush face*
Bush face*
Stigmas and pollen
Stigmas and pollen
Shadow play
Shadow play
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. -   Vincent Van Gogh
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. - Vincent Van Gogh
Stapelia flower and smell of dead meat*
Stapelia flower and smell of dead meat*
Ceropegia ampliata glowing with pride*
Ceropegia ampliata glowing with pride*
Geranium leaf fallen on hard times*
Geranium leaf fallen on hard times*
Nature's spring coil*
Nature's spring coil*
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of yesterday
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of yesterday
There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten. - Jules Champfleury
There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten. - Jules Champfleury
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. --  Claude Monet
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. -- Claude Monet
Fuchsia show*
Fuchsia show*
Rainbow lorikeet enjoying our Eucalyptus caesia
Rainbow lorikeet enjoying our Eucalyptus caesia
Buds of the Pussy Willow ,  the true sign that Spring is not far off
Buds of the Pussy Willow , the true sign that Spring is not far off
Making a meal of it
Making a meal of it
Sun lit leaves
Sun lit leaves
Oleander catching late sun
Oleander catching late sun
 Aconium aboreum giving some needed winter cheer*
Aconium aboreum giving some needed winter cheer*
Lady in red
Lady in red
Pointing upwards*
Pointing upwards*
Free wheeling daisy*
Free wheeling daisy*
Decorated bridge over pond
Decorated bridge over pond
Nature is my medicine.  ~Sara Moss-Wolfe
Nature is my medicine. ~Sara Moss-Wolfe
Violet escape*
Violet escape*
That laurel bush, badly  needs a trim.
That laurel bush, badly needs a trim.
Echium blue*
Echium blue*
The queen of flowers and her tiara
The queen of flowers and her tiara
Butterfly*
Butterfly*
Blue-tongued lizard
Blue-tongued lizard
Feeding time
Feeding time
Spring in the air*
Spring in the air*
Lucky possum,  just as well, Jinky below is scared of heights
Lucky possum, just as well, Jinky below is scared of heights
Exhuberance is Beauty --   William Blake
Exhuberance is Beauty -- William Blake
Yellow green orchid*
Yellow green orchid*
Paulownia flowers*
Paulownia flowers*
Backyard dangers*
Backyard dangers*
Wet lemon*
Wet lemon*
Backyard wilderness*
Backyard wilderness*
Bromeliad blue finger nails*
Bromeliad blue finger nails*
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A shaft of light
t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110056629.M3Fp7rFf.jpg t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110056631.tMUsL1Cc.jpg I like terra firma; the more firma, the less terra.  -George S. Kaufman
I like terra firma; the more firma, the less terra. -George S. Kaufman
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t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110152899.UWyMV34B.jpg t1%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110152901.1SY3H88B.jpg t3%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110152903.s9aQ2JaW.jpg t1%2f56%2f398356%2f4%2f110152973.ESiTuFDX.jpg
 Ceropegia ampliata or Bushman's pipe is doing well
Ceropegia ampliata or Bushman's pipe is doing well
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