Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ray's Passion - Gods Creation

Ray's passion....
Besides me that is.
Is the garden.
He knows the names of all the plants and gets such a thrill out of watching them grow.
Its spring here now in Queensland and with plentiful rain, the blooms are thriving.

Doesn't it look wild. The flowers under the windmill are called butterfly flowers. 
The creeper growing over the arch on the front path, is a lady slipper. 
It has a rich dark yellow flower with some red in it. 
It also grows up a side gum tree. 
Here is a closer look. Can you see it in the folage?

Another look at the ach over the front garden pathway.
The flowering purple shrub dominates the side path.
I don't know the names of all the plants and flowers.
The yellow are candlesticks. The orangery red are kangaroo paws.

I love the spiky palms. These will grow to about fifteen feet tall, or more.

Up close to the candlestick and kangaroo paw.

Underneath the house are portulaca's, and, an Indian chief.
My little car has flowers on the front doors.

On the bottom driveway Ray has four different iris's which have finished blooming.

When God planted the Garden of Eden, the only problem was the snake.
Nothing is perfect and my only concern with our garden is that a snake may make its home there.
I am terrified to allow my little dogs outside alone at night.
My granddaughter just found a three metre (9'11") long python skin..
Which means there is one living close by.
I only leave screened windows open at night in case one of these intrude. 
Brown and redbelly black snakes are a concern by day.
But you can't let problems in life stop you being happy.
The garden gives so much joy. I love to sit and look at it from my front porch.
Its my special place, to dream and pray.

 Visitors Welcome.

 And God Saw What He Had Made, and Behold It Was Very Good.


  1. It is such a blessing to be able to enjoy a beautiful garden. :-)

  2. I love the foliage in your yard. So tell me what does the house stand on - is that stilts? sandie

  3. Oh wow, what a wonderful garden!!! Wildflowers are my favorite! We just saw a lady's slipper at an orchid show, and found out that it is an orchid. I love those candlesticks, I don't think we have them here, at least I've never seen any. Oh, I would be scared to death of snakes!

  4. Hi Sandie,
    The house is a Queenslander built to survive the heat. Yes it is up on concrete stilts with a timber fencing all the way around. The air can circulate underneath to keep it cooler it the hotter months. It is about 12ft high allowing plenty of room for a garage and workshop.
    Love Crystal

  5. Best wishes Crystal. I hope and pray you are well.

    God bless.

  6. The flowers are beautiful. Love your little car, too!!! Thank you so much, my sweet friend, for leaving such encouraging comments at Jeremiah 29:11. I would so like to meet you "in person" someday....if not here....then, in glory!!! ;-) HOPE you have a great weekend!

  7. Crystal Mary - the flowers are beautiful! Such variety.

    I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. (It's been a while since I visited.)

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving encouraging words.


  8. Thank you Crystal Mary for sharing these lovely photographs of God's creation with us. I can only say... I wish that I had a "green thumb"... seems like my flower garden grows weeds faster then my beautiful flowers. God bless, Lloyd

  9. The flowers are awesome and such a wonderful display of God's love for us to bless us with such beauty for our soul to enjoy: We are headed into the Winter months now...though today is really nice soon it will be cold and "snake free" oh my oh my ...snakes ...9'11") long python skin I'm shaking in my socks right now just thinking about it...I have a little 15lbs mini schnuazer...I would go crazy mad if that thing decided to take her as a snack...look out're gonna loose your head ...get my gun.....LOL shivering cold chills running over me right now ....That ole nasty serpent always shows up where he is not wanted uhn? :)

  10. How nice that you let us retreat in your garden with you! My favorite are the Butterfly flowers. They are so dainty!

  11. Beautiful!
    I love flowers of all kinds especially the wild flowers.
    You are into your beautiful spring time. So fresh, lush and I am sure very aromatic.


  12. What a lovely blog you have! Your garden is so special, thank you for sharing your beautiful photo's.
    Blessings and prayers,

  13. G'Day Crystal Mary, Just dropping in to see how my friend is going? I pray you are walking around a lot better now. I have missed hearing from you! Your garden looks magical! I noticed this year some flowers are blooming a bit later this year than usual. Oh, and did you hear on the news about the huge increase of brown snakes after all the rain and floods. We are surrounded by bush, so I'm being cautious while outdoors. Well, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Wishing you a happy and blessed Sunday. With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

  14. Hiya Kerrie mate, Yes, I am terrified of the extra snakes, I have seen one on the road..I won't run over one in case it gets up in the engine..I am walking much better, only limp a little now, but I very careful. xxxxx

  15. Hi Crystal Mary, thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog this morning. The flowers are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen! I agree with Joan, there is such variety! That is a wonderful passion for Ray, we all need passions, don't we? I wonder if you have lots of fresh flowers in vases in your home, flowers from these gardens. I was just remarking to Clint this morning that we don't have any flowers for cutting around our house. It was nice to read it is spring time in Queensland. It is 37 degrees here this morning. Take care and hope I am happy you are walking much better.


    P.S. How on earth could I forget about the python skin that was 9 feet and 11 inches long!?! I have such a fear of snakes but I am usually on the look out for much smaller ones. Be careful, Mary! :-0

  16. HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you for sharing - Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your world.
    love & love,

  17. Crystal Mary, how beautiful...and aren't you glad that God allowed us to see in color rather than black and white?

  18. I love the flowers! It is amazing how, wherever you live, you will find beauty in the plants that grow unique to that area! Beautiful garden, Ray.

    My late husband and I had a home on river for about ten years, and I, too, had huge flower beds of lovely flowers. My problem was the weeding, I just never knew if I would run into a rattler in the thick of some of the flowers. I would take a stick and run it through the beds before I weeded it to be sure I was alone. We had a huge bull snake on our property which did keep all the rattlers out, but with so many in the surrounding countryside, I kept cautious.

  19. Hi Crystal Mary -

    Thank you for the beauty shots. I enjoyed the trip in the garden display.

  20. Hi Crystal Mary,
    I loved the visit to Ray's garden, and I loved what you said at the beginning of the blog about his passion - for you, and for gardening!
    Oooooh, I would be terrified of a python. I have a terrible aversion to any kind of snakes!
    Thanks for your visit to my Rock blog again! I always appreciate hearing from you. I hope your knees are doing great.
    Take care,
    Esther Joy

  21. I enjoyed the garden tour. I'm always amazed at the variety of animal and plant life that God created. I would be concerned about the snake too. If there is one living in your garden you have provided a beautiful place for it. lol
    Have a beautiful week.

  22. There are so many interesting plants in this garden! I tried to grow a Kangaroo Paw, but it didn't make it here. Love your spring!


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