Saturday Sights

It’s been a lovely sort of Saturday in my world. The sun has been shining (but not too warmly), a breeze has been blowing (but not too strongly), and the dog has been snoozing (but not too deeply). Given all of this loveliness, I thought I’d sneak outside and share some colourful floral sights from my garden.

I discovered that wonderful ‘lily-like’ flower hidden amongst one of the overgrown garden beds (yet another reason to clean up the backyard and uncover some more hidden jewels). I love yellow flowers, even though the one above is actually a weed, and despite the fact that yellow flowers are supposed to symbolise jealousy …

Roses that grow by themselves are a huge advantage in my opinion, and while these beauties are approaching the end of their flowering season, they are lovely still. I’ve already told you about my love of the ‘summer snow’ flowers on the right, but because I love them so I thought they were worth sharing again.

I hope you spied some wonderful sights on your Saturday adventures …


  1. Kylie

    It looks like you’re having a lovely day!

    I’ve spent my Saturday sleeping in, then hanging out in my pyjamas. My husband is at work, so he’s not here to guilt me. I’ve had a stressful few weeks, so this has been just what I needed. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – It was indeed a wonderful day … though I did manage to get a few of the ‘practical’ things done like washing, tidying etc. (not too much though).

      Your Saturday sounds equally delicious … I love a good sleep in, so that combined with hanging out in your PJs sounds rather wonderful to me. It’s even nicer if there’s no one around to guilt you into getting dressed or ‘do’ something! πŸ˜‰
      Given that you’ve had a stressful time recently, I’m hoping the relaxed nature of today has worked wonders for you! πŸ™‚

      1. Kylie

        I managed to stay in my PJs until 5.00 – don’t tell anyone! πŸ˜‰

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Kylie – Haha, I think it’s awesome you were able to remain ‘undetected’ in your PJs for so long over the weekend … that’s such a treat! πŸ™‚
          (your secret is safe with me).

  2. Caz

    Just catching up on blog reading too. Our Saturday could not be more different from yours. It has been raining heavily all day and the humidity for Melbourne is extraordinary! Your garden looks lovely and I enjoyed your post on expanding your herb garden. I’d add both lemon thyme and regular thyme, marjoram (a relation of oregano but not as strong) and I always use my sage for chicken or veal saltimbocco (sp?).

    The Valentino exhibition looks great too – you are lucky to have such a wonderful Gallery up there.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Oh catching up on blog reading is one of my favourite weekend things to do too.

      I can’t believe how different the weather is in Melbourne vs Brisbane … though I must say that in general the weather in Brisbane has been a bit ‘all over the place’ this year … who knows what summer is going to bring us?
      Thanks for your kind words about the garden, and also for your herb garden tips – lemon thyme, thyme and marjoram are all excellent additions (my herb garden will be overflowing with lovely tasty treats before I know it!).

      The Valentino Exhibition was so lovely to visit, I spent hours wandering about … though I have to say that I’m jealous of the lovely galleries and museums you have in Melbourne too! πŸ™‚

  3. bobbi

    I wish i could say the same about the weather. Being on the other side of the world, I can’t. The temperatures are going down, and even if I am lucky enough to be living in “sunny Italy”, winter is way too cold and way too long for me. Ironically, I worship Scandinavia.
    Right now if I look out my window I can see all the beautiful colors of Fall, a shy sun and light cold breeze. It’s great but sort of sad…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh gosh, things are so different from a temperature and seasonal perspective from your point of view. Though I must admit, at heart I’m a cold weather girl – I can’t stand the heat and humidity. Sadly the place where I live in Australia gets lots of both of those over the summer … so I pretty much swelter my way through until the new year. However in saying that, my view of winter and your view of winter would be two very different ideas!

      I love those beautiful autumnal / fall colours you describe outside your window … now all you have to do is cozy up inside and stay warm! πŸ™‚

  4. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Wow, Tracey, that lily sort of flower is stunning! I don’t have a green thumb, so everything in my garden sort of has to take care of itself, I usually end up killing it if I try – lol! I planted a heap of trees along my back fence a while back, and also 6 lavender bushes, and they’re all still alive and thriving – yay! I really enjoy wandering through gorgeous gardens.

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – The flower is lovely for sure (I have no idea what it is, or really where it came from) … it’s amazing what can be discovered in the backyard with a little fossicking about! πŸ˜‰
      I have to say that I’m not very ‘green-thumbed’ either … if a plant can’t generally tend to itself more-or-less, than it doesn’t have much hope surviving in my household … I’m really trying to get a bit better at that though.

      How lovely that you’ve had such success with growing lavender … that’s one plant that I always consistently kill! Which is such a shame, because it’s a plant that I love so!

  5. jan

    I love these little gems that you were able to find. They are quite beautiful.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Thanks so much for your kind words about the little finds from my garden … I feel quite lucky to have found them! πŸ™‚

  6. urban muser

    great photos! cute pup.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – I’m so glad you liked my photos … haha, and yes I’m rather a fan of ‘Baxter the dog’ too! πŸ˜‰

  7. louise

    What gorgeous flowers. What a lovely Saturday. And yes that lily/orchard looking one is beautiful, what a hidden treasure indeed. P.S. Please excuse my lack of botanical knowledge.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – Those flowers were a true joy to discover over the weekend … they offer a reminder that I really should get out into the garden more often and discover other delights. I’m glad you enjoyed them too! πŸ™‚
      There’s no need to apologise for your lack of botanical knowledge (I studied science and I’m not too sure what that lily / orchid is either) …

      Take care.

  8. Gabrielle Bryden

    Has an orchard look about it – that first one! Yellow is a lovely colour on flowers. We are on a gardening bonanza this weekend and are planting dwarf citrus trees, veges and herbs. I’m filling up the chicken area with as many plants as possible so that the chickens have a lot of cover from hawks etc., – decided to put up wire barriers around the tree bases to keep the chickens from wrecking them – seems to be working. The vege box is in a different section of the yard, altogether – so is safe from their pecking.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Mmm, that first one is certainly a lovely flower … haha, knowing my luck though it probably grows on a noxious weed! πŸ˜‰
      Yellow is so lovely and bright and vibrant … I think as a colour for flowers they add a lovely sense of happiness to the garden / home. You certainly sound like you’ve been busy in the garden – so many lovely things you planted over the weekend. I’m so jealous of the dwarf citrus trees you have … I’ve been meaning to grow them for years (we sadly had to abandon our lime tree at a previous rental property …). I hope all your plantings bring you a bountiful crop of goodness! πŸ™‚

      It also sounds like the chickens are doing rather well for themselves too … I never thought about that need to give them shelter from predators, and I guess too much sun.

      Take care.

  9. Mel

    That does sound like a lovely day πŸ™‚ And what beautiful flower photos! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – It was a lovely Saturday for sure. I’m so glad you enjoyed my flower photos, the blooms were a delight to uncover and ‘capture’.

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