Saturday, January 15, 2011

GBBD January 2011

Wow. Christmas holidays seem to go so fast. It's been a busy few weeks.

My sister Tabatha and my nephew Lachlan have been in town from Hanoi, so we've been doing a lot of catching up as they will be off again on Monday and we won't see them for the next year or so.

My maternal grandmother has been in hospital with heart problems, but she's a tough old bird and will fight till the last breath. Alison's aunt went in for surgery and ended up having multiple heart attacks on the operating table, then kidney failure necessitating intensive care and life support, which was unexpected as she was in good health. She is breathing unaided now, but we're not out of the woods yet.

So all in all it's been a busy few weeks. I think going back to work will be quite pleasant.

Then today my neighbour asked me what the date was. I looked at my watch and realised that I needed to post something for GBBD. But my garden had nothing new from the last 2 months. There are only so many angles one can take photos from of the same flowers, and I despaired.

But mother nature, who has been teasing me mercilessly for weeks, threw me a lifeline. My crepe myrtle which was a stick of ignominious proportions a few months back...



...had its first tiny flower. The promise of more to come is evident.




I'm a little proud right now.

9 comments:

Bernie said...

Wishing all the best to your maternal grandmother and your wife's aunty. I do hope they both recover to fight another day!

How wonderful to see your Crepe Myrtle blooming! They truly are such pretty frilly creations! Well done. I'm sure it will go from strength to strength now.

One said...

Beautiful! I had this plant before but I took it away because it was thoroughly, completely eaten up by caterpillars repeatedly. I'm worse than those caterpillars for eradicating it. I'm missing my flowers.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I really love crape myrtle but have none in my area. You should be proud it is very pretty.

Kerri said...

What a beautiful save! The little crepe myrtle has an amazing amount of buds, and even with just the first flowers open it's gorgeous!
To answer your question: Yes, I do miss the Aussie birds. I appreciated them so much more during my last 2 visits home ('96 and '03). But yes, the North American birds are a fine substitute and are enjoyed greatly. I've counted 10 cardinals among the 50+ birds at the feeders on this frigid morning. We're currently at 6ºF/-14ºC.

Kerri said...

I meant to wish your Grandmother and your wife's aunt speedy recoveries. Your family has certainly been through a rough time.
I'm glad you've at least been able to enjoy some time with your sister and nephew.

Crazy Garden Lady said...

Well, there's the story of life right there....

it's all looking a bit rubbish, dire thoughts etc etc and then before you know it, rebirth, regeneration, Grandma giving you what for for not bringing her some pretty flowers from your garden, and Aunty sitting up going 'yeah, where's mine??!!'

Or maybe that's the way the Crazy Family behave, your's may be a little more refined...either way, beautiful flowers and I'm sending super speedy recovery thoughts to the ladies.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

I thought I'd looked at all the GBBD posts, including a couple that wouldn't load the first time and I had to go back, but somehow I missed yours. I hope grandmother and aunt are well on the mend. Lovely crepe myrtle.

Ralph said...

Gardens are beautiful when flowers and plants bloom and increase the beauty of the garden. Your garden is envious as it has so many beautiful flowers. I am really glad that you enjoy the company of nature by gardening.
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HolleyGarden said...

Now thrilling that you found a bloom - and a beautiful one, too. Hope things are better for your family. Look forward to seeing your next GBBD bloom.