27 July 2013

Winter at Mia Bella Gardens...


Oh my, how incredibly warm this winter has been!


And I am enjoying it immensely!
Not only for the fact that the arthritic bones are not so sore, 
but for the enormous amount of colour that there is...


Bromeliads... 


Even the butterfly flower 'asclepias',


and an iris,
neither of which should actually be in flower right now!




 
Red Bottle brush trees...




Paper whites with a delicious perfume...


Purple Hebe...


'Correa Pullchela' with pretty pink tubular flowers...


 There are camellias in fabulous colours...




Nicotiana which a flowering tobacco.
This one is the hybrid called 'Ondra's Green Mix'.



Fushias, fushias...


and more fushias...


 Begonias...





A touch of purple...


 Colourful leaves....




  Banksia Tree...



 The Gordonia tree is in full bloom...


And even a passionflower!
If nature is so kind as to let Mia Bella Gardens escape any severe frosts,
 she is going to look AMAZING come spring...
And I can't wait!
































23 July 2013

Must Have Flowers...

I have been having a wee play with photo shop...
Yesterday I came across this very famous Claude Monet quote...
So I have written it on to this lovely rose photo, 
(one of April's rejects, though I seriously cannot understand why!)



I must have flowers, always and always!
Claude Monet I totally agree...
for what is life without the beauty of flowers!
Enjoy!

21 July 2013

Gouldian Finches...

Mia Bella Gardens aviaries have new additions...
two breeding pairs of Lady Gouldian Finches.

They are amazing colours don't you think?
The male has a gorgeous dark purple breast...
And the female has a soft lavender breast.
Don't you think those wings look angelic?
For more information on these finches visit:
http://www.efinch.com/species/gould.htm

18 July 2013

Lavender Crocus...


The crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family. 
They are perennials that grow from corms.
Flowers can appear from autumn, winter to spring.
Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub and meadows.
They grow from sea level to alpine tundra 
in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.



I snapped these photos so you could see how gorgeous  
the wee lavender flowers with bright yellow stamens are!
I'm not sure of the name of this one, 
but these crocus grow in pots 
and in the garden beds of Mia Bella Gardens.

15 July 2013

Fun Flower Hair Bands...

What fun my daughter April has had creating these sweet hair bands...
she must have inherited some of her mothers crafting genes!


These silver satin ribbon roses are hand sewn...


With beautiful white pearls as focal points....


Attached to black elastic...


A single white satin ribbon rose...


On the black elastic band...


With dainty pearlescent seed pearls glued to the centre...


This is one made from white felt...you can't see the pearl in the the centre...
The green leaves are a nice contrast.

If you want to have a go at making these...great gifts for the girly girl...
You'll find the tutorials at:

http://makeanddogirl.com/2011/10/tutorial-diy-felt-flowers/
and
http://alisaburke.blogspot.co.nz/2010/12/holiday-hair-band-tutorial.html

5 July 2013

Pretty in Pink...


Pretty in pink.



In New Zealand these pink lillies are commonly known as 'Naked Ladies'...


Otherwise known as the Belladonna Lilly...


Family: Amaryllidaceae   (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) 
Genus: Amaryllis   (am-uh-RIL-us) 

Species: belladonna   (bel-uh-DON-nuh) 





Gorgeous ribbon cushion in white...


with a pretty blossom themed duvet.



Delicate ribbon roses...


The Belladonna lilly is deliciously fragrant!


Clea the lilac Burmese joins the photo shoot!


"My fur is a fabulous contrast colour, don't you think?"


Emmm, time for a nap!