Eastern spinebill in salvia

I’ve been away on holidays overseas and it’s taking me awhile to get through all the photos I took. However, I’m back to taking local photos now too.

This is an eastern spinebill in salvia in our garden. I love seeing the birds here all year round, even in winter, enjoying what our garden has to offer them.

Eastern Spinebill in Salvia

It’s not all drab at winter time

I’ve been looking at what flowers this time of year and what might be suitable to plant in small bunches outside our picket fence. I don’t want anything that will grow too large and I’m happy for it to die away again till the next winter. At this time of year our trees are bare and so our front garden is looking a little drab. Adding some colour for winter will be a great thing to do. Below are some flowers in our garden or next door that are currently out in flower.

Polyanthus. Belongs to the Primrose family. Loves it sunny and cold. So a perfect time for it to flower currently.

188-366 Blue flower

Penstemon produces tall spikes covered with long, tubular five-petaled flowers, which may be red, pink, lavender or white.


Jonquil. Like a daffodil only smaller and very fragrant.

Yellow Jonquils

Salvia. Apparently a herb and a member of the mint family. I know some of them are quite fragrant and there are many varieties. This would be too large to put along our picket fence but will nicely fill up spots that are too open. There are different species that flower in the various seasons. I don’t know which one this is as the Salvia Society website only lists them by name but not by colour. It is pretty though.

Pink Salvia

The Colour Purple

is prominent in our garden at the moment. Here are a some reasons why:

Colchicum Major

87-366 Purple Salvia

Purple Rock Daisy

Purple flower

Flowers in my garden

I discovered a bee I’d not seen before. This is the blue banded bee and it’s enjoying the red and white Salvia in the garden