24 April 2014

more from the garden today, and a coffee break ...

Camellia Sasanqua, Champagne Sorbet; these are still relatively small, and only planted out this time last year.  They promise to make a great hedge in time, with a profusion of flowers now.

Blue Compact Salvias planted out in early summer, have already had their first cut back and starting to re-flower again now in Autumn.  

Delicate Linarias come in such a wonderful colour range; reminding me of weeny Snapdragons.  These have been good self-seeders too.

Camellia Sasanqua, Jennifer Susan getting ready to open up

You can spot the familiar birdbath which is often shared on Snap Happy Birding when there's some activity snapped up there (see current post for evidence).  There's actually another two, one not so visible, earth-coloured and sitting on the ground, and the other is sitting on one of the arbour benches.  

Linaria, Fairies Bouquet

Camellia Sasanqua, Beatrice Emily; I think 'pristine' sounds right for this beautiful flower

...taking 'time out' with a coffee, and home-made Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac Day, tomorrow 25th April, is recognized nation-wide in rememberance of all who served their country (Australian, New Zealand Army Corps), during the First World War.  Of course we also are acknowledging every participant in World Word II and subsequent wars, thereafter.  

My fan-forced oven is pretty fiesty and I bake at around 140 deg. celcius (284 deg. fahrenheit),  in about twelve minutes only.  Letting the biscuits rest on the tray for five minutes after removing from the oven helps them to crisp some too.

Anzac biscuits, noted for their good keeping, along-with fruit-cakes, were sent to family members serving during the war years.

This recipe has been a long-time favourite, the book was a Christmas gift from my Mum,  in 1979.

Tomorrow morning, I will raise the flag in the front garden;  pictured on both my blogs - half-mast through to midday, and then fully raised for the remainder of the day.

Notation added 25/4 7.54 am - While the dawn services around the nation were very well attended, unfortunately now, on the east coast of Australia, at least, the weather is stormy.  It's black as, outdoors with torrential rain; great bolts of lightning and cracks of thunder. Sadly this will hinder some early morning marches....

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EG CameraGirl said...

Thanks for the recipe!

Your camellias are stunners!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful flowers Carole and I just love this shot of you on your coffee break! Have a wonderful day. Looks like a great recipe too, and will try it out..... Well I need to figure out first what on earth celcius is in farenheit. Otherwise it could turn out not too good. Thanks for sharing this! Hugs

Montanagirl said...

Such gorgeous flowers/blooms! I haven't done anything regarding flowers yet. Too cold. Only 36 degrees this morning. The Biscuits sound delicious.

Irma said...

Beautiful flowers pictures Carole.
Perfect photographed.
Also nice to see you on the photo.
Greetings Irma

Jan Castle said...

Lovely garden pictures Carole...I especially like the last one - you enjoying all the beauty God created in the flowers and birds!

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, gorgeous floral - bloomy post. so lovely!! nice. makes me happy. i love anything flowery. so fun! ( :

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous flowers! I love them all, but the camellias are my favorites.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Beautiful flowers :) lovely garden :)
'Time out' like this enjoying the flowers in the garden sipping coffee is what I call divine ! Lucky, you !
Very patriotic ! Anzac day and biscuits !
Cool blog :)

Roy Norris said...

Those Linarias are absolutely beautiful Carole.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant post you have done, and the biscuit sounds like yummy, but it is a way to fatness.

diane b said...

The flowers are beautiful and your place for coffee and biscuits looks a restful place. You do well to look after your garden . Mine is getting neglected the older I get. Hope to employ a gardner one day.

NatureFootstep said...

great collection of flowers and colors. :)