My Black Bat Flower

Scientifically known as Taccachantrieri, the Black Bat Flower is a stunning flowering plant also known as Devil Flower, Bat Head Lily, Bat Plant, Devil’s Tongue, Black Tacca, Jews Beard, Voodoo Flower, and Cat’s Whiskers.

The main attraction of this plant is, as its name suggests, the flower, the umbel – a flat-topped inflorescence with numerous flower stalks.  Describing the flower is difficult, I’ll try, but lay no claim to being accurate – scientifically or otherwise.
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Gardening Makes Me Smile

Over the last six weeks, I’ve neglected my garden.  It makes me sad that it has come to this, but it has.

It’s amazing how difficult I have found everyday tasks with my (dominant) right hand in plaster.  Yes, even watering my plants is a job I’ve needed assistance with because Dean (AKA Santa) gave me a retracting hose for Christmas, and I can neither pull it out nor put it back, one-handed.  Just as well we’ve had lots of rain and my garden is almost looking after itself.
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Sunrise, Sunset

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge – Rise/Set – is another opportunity for me to show off photos I took while Dean and I travelled around Australia.  As our plan was to go ‘around the outside’, most of these photos include water, but you will see that we did venture away from the coast a couple of times.
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Too Many To Pick One

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asks you to ” . . . share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.”

That’s easy, I thought, it’s my garden.

But then I thought some more and realised I have several places I consider my favourites, not because I return to them over and over, but because I’ve had the privilege to visit them once.
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The Frog Highway

Initially, when we were looking for a block of land to purchase, we thought we would end up buying land in Aura, a purposefully designed “… City of Colour, set to become Queensland’s most vibrant new community on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.”  (According to the developer’s website anyway.)

But as it turns out, the only block we could afford backed onto, what was to become and now is, a major arterial road.  What we ended up buying was a block of land in the previous estate (same developer) and are delighted our block backs onto a little nature reserve and, hidden within that little reserve, is a frog highway. Continue reading →