about this blog
This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics. Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.
Friday, 8 April 2011
johnny jumps up in my garden
The botanical name of this plant is Viola tricolor. This wildflower has naturalized in my garden, and just looking at it makes me feel happy. I notice its absence in autumn and winter and miss its smiley cheeky face.
Viola tricolor is a wild pansy, associated with magic, love and romance for centuries before the round-petalled, cultivated pansy became popular in England around 1810. The wild pansy is known by many names - Heartsease, Love-in-Idleness, Johnny Jump Up, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Stepmother and others. The name Pansy derives from the French pensees, meaning thoughts.
In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck, assistant to Oberon, King of the Fairies, squeezes the juice of Love-In-Idleness into the eyes of sleeping Titania, so she will fall in love with the first creature she sees when she wakes.
Here are some ideas about garden design based on my experiences over decades of continual and ongoing planting, unplanting and replant...
Who knew that the Royal Botanic Garden in Melbourne had a resident musician, let alone a harpist? I only found out recently. Michae...
This is the photo of my garden in the current guide to Australia's open gardens. It was taken last October. The foreground f...
It was a cold, wet winter and the garden's flourishing. Here are a few of the plants growing, individually and in groups to form...
A recent post was about my success in rehousing a possum couple. The nest stayed empty so it seemed that the possums had settled in their...
Wake up sleepy-twigs, spring is here.
On the morning of Friday, September 4th I was lying in bed, miserable with the flu. Outside the window I noticed a Little Wattlebir...
When my mother was 100 I created a post for her using 100 garden and nature photos. That was nearly three years ago. She didn't...
I've spotted a few different types of fungi growing in the garden. Yay! That shows biodiversity is increasing in the little ecosystem ...
You don’t have to go to the countryside to get a nature fix. Wherever I go I look for plants and animals. Just like rural spaces...
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BLOGS
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Australian Plants Society Victoria
- Avaaz - The World in Action
- BirdLife Australia
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Eco Voice: Voice of the earth
- Encyclopedia of Life
- Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
- Landshare Australia
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Seedsavers: Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food
- Stop Factory Farming of our Pets
- Sustainable Gardening Australia
- The Nature Conservancy Australia