Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flowers, floods and a different slant on a vegetable.

Still more plants in our yard have come into flower. I don't know when this will happen again (we could have another drought next year) so I'm taking heaps of photos. Incidentally, don't be fooled by the date on these photos; I can't figure out how to change the date, or delete it from the camera.

This bush will grow larger in years to come (so I'm told), but for its first time in flower, it looks very pretty albeit sparse.

We saw this shrub up in the Dandenongs last year, where it was huge and gorgeous. Not long after that we saw the same plant in a pot, and bought it straight away, knowing how good it would look if it takes off.

One of our several Grevilleas - this one is appropriately named "Peaches And Cream".

Another small shrub that I can't remember the name of, but it's so pretty.

We've got a few small cacti in pots, and they flower occasionally for short bursts. Isn't this one cute!

OK, that's all for the flowers. Now for the floods! The Diamond Creek which runs through Eltham is usually just a trickle, but after a couple of inches of rain last weekend, this is the result!

Barb over at Woof Nanny blog, had a photo of an Asian green vegie like this. Last week I was cutting a Bok Choy up, and remembered Barb's photos, so I got my camera out and took the same shots! Barb said she might make a print using a rubber stamp pad - cool idea!


Blogger Merle said...

Hi Gina ~~ Your flowers are lovely, thanks for sharing. The flooded roads are not so good. It has been a strange year and after the farmers having their best crops for years and now they may lose them because of too much rain.
The rain has spoilt a lot of my pellies and I could still send you cuttings if you and Ken can't make it or get a fine weekend. It is hectic with Christmas so close. I go to my daughter's place in Princetown (on the Great Ocea road)
on 22nd and will be home a few days later. Don't like to leave my garden for long in Summer.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Thursday, 02 December, 2010  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Gina; sorry to hear about the floods. We've got some snow and temps in 30's burrrrrrrrrrr Hope things get better.

The flowers are just beautiful. :)
I sent you an email.

Saturday, 04 December, 2010  
Blogger FredaB said...

Hi Gina

It is amazing how in this world it seems to either never rain or can't stop raining. We had that in June. Rained so much that the flowers died in the window boxes and pots on the deck. Then along came July and no rain but 90 degrees and higher almost all summer. You can't win but do enjoy your beautiful flowers while you have them.

The bok choy looks like a rose. I should buy one cut it and try stamping with it. would be fun to try.

Also it looked like you and the gals had a good time. I so miss my girlfriends as after retirement we are spread all over the States.



Sunday, 05 December, 2010  
Blogger Isabelle said...

I would love some of your rain. It might melt our snow. Brrr.

Nice to see your flowers, though. Summer? What's that?

Wednesday, 08 December, 2010  

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