Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Hello there,
The Cardinals have been picnicking with my Dad again,
this time up in the mountains, at a spot looking into the rainforest...

and what should come along, looking for a handout:

Yes, ye olde Bush Turkey .... a country cousin of the naughty pests who regularly assault our Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect!
Dad happily shared his last sandwich with that bold bird..

First blooming:  the day lilies, I rescued last year from Dad's old garden.
I am so pleased this one survived transfer to a new location,
and I love the pink/orange blooms.
Which sadly only last one day.

Gratuitous jacaranda shots, taken on my daily walk.

And because it is October, our annual look at the most popular painting in the Queensland Art Gallery:

"Under the Jacaranda" 1903, by R. Godfrey Rivers,
an Impressionist-style painting of our first jacaranda tree, imported from Brazil in 1864, and planted in the City Botanical Gardens.
By 1875 they had given away 50,000 seeds, the results of which are seen in Brisbane every October, as hundreds of jacarandas bathe the city in purple.

The couple taking tea in the garden are the artist,
 Godfrey Rivers, and his wife, Selena. 

Sometimes, when the jacarandas are blooming, people bring in a few blooms and scatter them on the floor in front of the painting, just like in reality!

Some beautiful art glass by various Australian and international artists,
currently on display in the Pelican room at the QAG:

I bought this purple daisy for my Dad, because he liked it...
what better reason could there be...
It will sit outside his room - he was always a gardener -
and maybe it will activate some old memories for him.

Au revoir



  1. I really like the look of the Jacaranda plants. Interesting to know they came from Brazil and what a treasure to have a painting of the first one. You picnic in the best places!


    1. I look forward every year to the jacarandas, and yes, the painting of the first one is very special to our city.
      Dad loves to get out in the fresh air, so picnics are good as an activity for him.

  2. The jacarandas are gorgeous trees. I have never seen one in real life, but hope to some day. I love it that people spread jacaranda blossoms on the floor by the picture. It's strange that your day lily blooms only last one day. The ones we have last for many days before withering up and falling off.

    1. Hard to imagine never having seen a jacaranda, then I realised that this year was the first time I saw crabapples, lilacs, and several other lovely trees, when we went to Canada. Hope you see a jacaranda one day, preferably a whole town full of them - they work best in quantity. Maybe it is a bit hot here for day lilies, and they die of exhaustion!

  3. Came to your blog via Perpetua ... I love jacarandas; my most favourite tree and here in Western Australia they are at their glorious best in November [my birthday month] which makes me pretend they are there for my celebration.

    1. Welcome to my blog, Shirlwin. I can imagine the jacarandas doing well in W.A. and November is my birthday month too. It should be our floral emblem! Took a peek at your blog, and see you like to do a stitch or two, just like me...

  4. I remember putting jacaranda 'fingers' on my fingertips when I was a child. It was a favourite pastime in my schoolyard..How is that for triggering memories? I like your photos of the glass exhibition as well.

    1. Oh, yes, happy memories of jacaranda blooms - pretty little bells, or dresses for fairies ... great memories. The glass is stunning!

  5. Jacarandas are so beautiful. I was completely amazed by the first one I saw....and I just love the glass. This has been a real visual treat. Thanks. Jx

    1. One of the best bits of summer is seeing all the beautiful purple blooms spread out over the city! Glad you enjoyed .. xx

  6. How wonderful for your Dad to get around to places with you.
    A wonderful " carpet " under the Jacaranda.
    Heh, it took me long to find the bird from the picture, not knowing what took expect.. Red - naturally ; ).
    The glass exhibition would be interesting to see, sigh.
    Up over we are already shivering of the thought of winter, and you guys down under have it warm all the time, sigh again.

    1. Those turkeys are tricky, Mette, he is cunningly hiding from you in the picture!
      Not quite warm all the time here - now and again we have a cold day. Thank goodness! Hope your winter is not too severe this year.

  7. Super post, Patricia. I love the contrast between the dark mystery of the rain-forest and the purple glory of the jacarandas - such a glorious sight. You really do have an eye for beauty. :-)

    1. Dear Perpetua, thank you for your kind comments. I like to think I have a keen eye, and I know I have a good visual memory. Only late in life have I found a job (at the art gallery) which can utilise this, and I really love it. So many years spent in boring admin jobs!