Gardening attracts all sorts of visitors! This very dainty little frog jumped on me as I was cutting back roses today - then jumped from me onto my husband's face. We have many, many tadpoles and lots of these little frogs all over the garden. They particularly like agapanthus leaves as vantage points for their insect hunting.
Click to hear frog
26 January 2006
21 January 2006
This is not a clear photo and I apologise for that. It is interesting because it shows four different little birds, a Superb Fairy Wren, a Firebrowed Finch, a Grey Fantail and an Eastern Spinebill. It was 45.9 degrees outside and the little birds continued to come to this bird bath all day long and I refilled it many times. The little Grey Fantail stayed there all day with his beak open; he was obviously very uncomfortable outside in the heat. At one time he was joined by another female and three little youngsters, presumably his family, but they only stayed long enough to bathe and then flew off.
7 January 2006
4 January 2006
We've just endured the hottest three days in my history of this garden, (top 45.9 degrees), following three very dry months. Many mature trees are looking very sad and many shrubs look like they may not survive, but this flower took me by surprise this morning. It's flowering in an area that we call The Magic Mountain of the Four Beauties.