What flower is that?

Image-1unknown flower

On many of our daily walks Helvi comes home with a piece of greenery plucked from the gardens that we pass. She dips it in hormone powder puts it in water, and most time it will sprout roots. Our garden is full of those borrowed off-shoots. This one shown above is a result of her gardening exploits. But, what is it?

Image-1milo sniffing out a possum

We don’t have such worries about our dog ‘Milo’, and what he is after. We are again in the midst of possum mating. Milo get furious about that.  He must know what they are up to. He was castrated but must still get twinges. However, he tries to even the score when it comes to possum mating. He spends the nights outside thwarting the grunting cavorting by possums for romance. In the above photo he is picking up the scent of a possum.  He is fully alert.  The teapot on the table is a wedding present. Sadly the lid broke. We now use it to water some plants. It is an Arabia piece of ceramic art from Finland.

Image-1White cockatoo.jpg

A white silver crested cockatoo is waiting for his feed of parrot mix. He knows and trusts us now. He likes the corn best but he doesn’t mind sunflower seed either. Milo has learnt to tolerate the birds but makes an exception to the black crows. He might think they are part motor-bikes. They are just as noisy. He is sometimes difficult to figure out.

Image-1kitchen view

This is the view from the kitchen sink. It is the first part of our house I walk to after getting out of bed. The washing up is never resented. It gives great joy.  Where is the kitchen sink? And now the kettle for a coffee. Just perfect.


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17 Responses to “What flower is that?”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Is that top flower a wattle?

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  2. Dorothy Says:

    Another lovely piece Gerard.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    I don’t know what the flower is called…but it’s beautiful! As is your view from your kitchen window! A lovely way to start each day! 🙂

    Ooh! Milo is busy working! Nice to have him on the job! 🙂
    Can possums be mean like raccoons can be?!
    I hope Milo will be careful and safe. Knowing WHAT the possums are doing…I can see why Milo would be upset! 😉

    HUGS for you and Helvi! 🙂
    PATS for Milo! 🐾

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      More birds are coming each day. We feed them each morning. The possums are aware of Milo and from high up the trees try and figure him out. Of course, Milo has a disadvantage. He can’t climb trees.
      Possums are not nasty but in the wild you have to wear gloves if catching them.
      People make a living re-locating possums who are living inside roof-spaces. However, they are very territorial and do anything to go back to their home. People pay more than once to get rid of the same possums.

      Hugs from Gerard and Helvi and a wet lick from Milo.

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  4. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    I wonder if your mystery plant is a phlomis of some kind? I can understand why you don’t mind washing up with that view.!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Jane. I looked it up and I am sure it is a phlomis. I dug a bit deeper and it can be used as a herb in cooking. It grows wild in the Mediterranean and is a form of sage.
      Thank you for your investigation.
      We love our kitchen view and never get bored with it. One reason we wash up by hand never use the dish-washer.

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  5. auntyuta Says:

    Thanks for this post, dear Gerard. I enjoyed very much reading it and looking at all the photos. Well done, it made my day! 🙂
    Love to you and Helvi,

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Glad you enjoyed this post, Uta.
      I sometimes feel I should stick to ‘soft’ issues for my blog. It depends on how one feels I suppose.
      Right now I feel a political post coming on. I mean the results of the mid-term election in America is screaming for a piece. We are in for a tough time.

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  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I have no idea what the plant is called but it seems that you and someone else identified it already. It is quite lovely and getting your plants from a cutting is very wise. The thrill of something new and then the challenge of getting it to reproduce surely adds to the pleasure of a new addition to the garden. Here in the states heritage plants or those that have been passed down by generations are called “pass-along” plants. I have a few pass-along but most of my plants, I had to buy from a nursery.

    I think you have quite a view from your kitchen sink. How lucky can you be to live where you do as well as being able to enjoy a lovely garden in the mooring hours?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It is a phlomis as Jane pointed out. There are so many varieties and colours. Apparently they are all edible. We have a herb garden, and especially the rosemary is often used.
      The view from the kitchen is lovely and it makes a difference to the day.
      I like the term ‘pass-along’ plants. We have an indoor plant from the time we lived in Sydney. It is called a cast-iron plant and it is from before 1996. It hardly needs any attention. That;s why it is called a cast-iron plant.

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  7. shoreacres Says:

    I never could have identified your plant, but once Jane identified it as ‘phlomis’ (what an interesting name) I looked it up and found it’s also known as Jerusalem sage, which I’ve seen here exactly once: in a garden at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was a gorgeous thing — big, and vibrant, and so pretty I considered buying a start or two. But I didn’t.

    I’m going to have to clean up my balcony tomorow and rearrange a few things, as we’re about to get our first real cold front of the year, and that means plenty of wind. I need to move the cacti around, too, so they don’t get rained on. I finally learned that winter’s the time to let them go dry. They essentially hibernate, and need to dry out so they don’t turn to mush in a freeze. If they have too much water and a freeze comes, all their little cells just explode as the water inside them freezes and — goodbye, cacti!

    Maybe I can clean some pots, get some fresh dirt, and start thinking about how to make my little spot as pretty as yours when our spring comes along — which will be about February or March. Not so long!

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  8. gerard oosterman Says:

    Succulents rarely overcome frosts. We have to hide them in the darkness of the bay trees. We thought we had summer but now it is back to winter. The heaters are on and warm jumpers taken out of hibernation. It’s funny how the climate seems to jump around. There is snow in the mountains and people are walking quickly and look serious which they do during cold weather to stay warm.
    Re-arranging the pots is what Helvi did as well. She now wants to clear the shed for which I promised to help her. It is funny how things become disorderly without anyone actually causing it. Do things move around on their own accord?


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