It’s been a long time since I did a garden post. Here we go.
I was opening the garden door this morning to air the living room and I saw at once that the Brugmansia was in flower. It’s made a special effort to get the flowers out so I can see them before I go away! I’m a bit disconcerted, because I bought a tree I thought was going to have apricot flowers, and it turns out they’re white. I had to swoop on a grass- hopper which was contemplating one of the flowers as breakfast. Two more died to preserve banana leaves. Bring on the winter, when hopefully it will get a little too cool for them.
It’s butterfly season too. The two above were sunning themselves on passionflower leaves, but we saw a million at least on our journey home from Rockhampton yesterday. It’s the time of year when they do their mating flight, and the air over the road was thick with them for kilometres, and there was a carpet of tiny sad corpses on the road where they’d smashed against car windscreens. The species is called Tirumala hamata, the Blue Tiger butterfly. I don’t want to infringe copyright, and I don’t have a photo, but here’s a link to a Google image. I don’t know why they were so numerous over that particular stretch of countryside, but we were driving under them for at least 30 or 40km.
I’m still battling with WordPress’ changes. I don’t know if it’s because I’m on a Mac, but I still can’t put images into the text, they automatically sit above all the words. At least now I’m able to add links, which is an improvement…
Tomorrow the sewing machine goes into hospital for the duration. It’s been a very long time since it had a decent service, and as I’m away, it seemed opportune to get everything fixed up. I miss my needle threader thingy, which is broken. I’d like some of the squeaks and groans silenced. The bobbin race needs a better clean than I can give it without dismantling the whole thing, and I think the needle arm needs realigning. I think this might be a rather expensive service… Meanwhile, I’m carrying on with the embroidery. More on that later.