Unlike Dorothy after my days away from home, I do not have to find my way to the wizzard, (even if I do live in OZ..lol which is what many call Australia). Nor do I need to go on a quest to find Glenda the good witch and be given her red glittering shoes, as you can see my red shoes do not glitter.
It is amazing how much can happen in the course of two days in the garden, especially if it has been warm 20degrees C, and warmer nights. When I took the wonder dog out this morning for his walk, after some heavy rain overnight, it was to a cooler gray clouded sky, so once again the fire is lit. I have just put the left over bones from a roast lamb in a pot to simmer in water, from this I will make a curry. Sigh just the thing to warm on a cool spring evening.
We had lots of rain overnight which is good as it has meant my new trees that I planted on Wednesday were watered well, (I was going to do this, this morning). One less job to attend to. I am not a woman for jewelery at least not diamonds and pearl kind of things. I mean who needs to have diamonds when you have this..
Strings of perfect droplets, on a thread so thin and so strong.
Cob webs are such truly incredible achievements from spiders not only for their incredible beauty, but the design concept, the engineering of the attachments to hold them in place, also the strength of the silk threads that the spider makes. When spiders make webs massive amounts of protein are required to manufacture the silk. So much energy is expended that spiders will often eat the webs to recoup the protein and restore energy for more spinning. The other issue it that over time the cobweb begins to loose its stickiness which reduces the chance of food being caught. So the eating of the web often on a daily basis; and I would imagine particularly if no food has been caught is a way of ensuring that their webs remain in good working order.
The tensile(how much pressure it can have exerted on it in a curve before damage occurs) strength of the spiders web is greater than the same weight of steel with much greater elasticity and according to Wikepedia
"Its microstructure is under investigation for potential applications in industry, including bullet-proof vests and artificial tendons. Researchers have used genetically modified mammals to produce the proteins needed to make this material."
Nature is incredible. I love that through a man made creation The World Wide Web...(spider connection lol)
is connecting me to many people who have a love of nature. Actually I love how the WWW is broadening my horizons and letting me travell the world meeting people generally.
My lemon tree has several flowers on it, that look like they may actually develop. Now if only they will be pollinated and the fruit hang on. One of my great desires this year is to be able to pick a lemon of my own tree. What an achievement that would be. lol No wining world class medals for me, promotions in the work force. My biggest achievement, the one that would make me very happy, and proud is to be able topick a lemon..lol. Now is that the simple life?
The daffodils are coming to their end, the iris's are still going well, and my jonquils are beautiful. One thing is my fresias have not flowered as yet. Where as normally they have flowered before my daffodils. They do have flower heads on them. We are talking about springtime, and the pansies are delightful if a little nibbled,and weathered.
The plant below I am unable to recall or find the label for it so it's name I do not know.
This is a native Salvia. It is a small but spreading shrub. It is truely beautiful in full flower.