|The true blue Lechenaultia|
We are getting some lovely weather at last and carpets of flowers are starting to appear. I especially like those unbelievably blue ones, be they in gardens or in nature. I turned our snails loose this morning, thinking that they had suffered enough in the name of science, not to mention that I seemed to be the only person who was still feeding them. That’s another good thing about snail pets. There’s no problem releasing them back into the wild. The small ones were now twice as big as when we first got them and possibly getting a bit big for their strawberry box homes.
Even my sons would still have relished the bits of electronic equipment and especially the abandoned satellite dish.
|Sorry, no idea|
|Western Australia also does a nice line in pea flowers- the "Fabulous Faboideae" here are some blue ones, but they also come in pinks, orange, scarlet and yellows|
|One of several types of Flame Pea|
|In nature's garden|
In Tullah, the little old mining town where I spent some years, they had a special section just before the actual tip, where you left the stuff that was still reasonable and maybe of use to someone else. It had a sign on it “Tullah K-Mart“ (that’s the Australian version of Walmart for those of you in the States) and was where you might find bulky items like beds, old but working toaster ovens, parts of trampolines, children’s bikes and outgrown toys since being rather remote, it was usually too costly to take everything with you when you left. Where I live now there are lots of impoverished students, elderly folk and unemployed people, so I often leave out books and magazines, rosemary cuttings and the like, and they are always gone by morning. Since people are always moving there too, I once scored an excellent coat rack that way.
It is a worry that they are occasionally stolen, but read what happened to one community after the little library one lady had built as a memorial to her husband was taken. I particularly liked the idea of themed libraries such as the archaeological one outside the Kentucky Heritage Council offices, or the one centred on food and sustainability outside a food emporium. If I had somewhere to put it, I would definitely start one. Click here if you fancy starting one yourself.