Sunday Selections # 152

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.
There are several other participants now though:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the gardens surrounding these flats I live in.

It's early summer here, so most things are flowering...

this lovely stand of daisies,

which follows the curve of the footpath,

in a semi crescent shape.

had to stand on my tippy-toes for this shot, I'm not tall enough to look down on them otherwise.

A little further around the footpath is this.....

..magnificent magnolia tree,

with buds and blooms galore. 
No captions for the next few photos.

aren't they just beautiful?

A little further around is this hedge which also curves to follow the footpath. See that low green bush in the back left?

Here's a closer look....

it has tinsel,


and lights. 

Not many of the flats here decorate outside, perhaps I will next year.
We could start a trend, this occupant and me.



  1. Daisies are so rarely used now, but see how effective a mass planting of them can be.

  2. You can almost smell the magnolias!!

  3. Our spring is coming, I know it.
    We commented on a house today. All the lower branches of the tree were hung with big ornaments. I suppose not so effective on trees with leaves.

  4. Gorgeous. We have many, many daisies here (in a range of colours) and they are a delight. Cockatoos have now eaten, mangled and destroyed three magnolia trees so I have given up. Loved this one though.
    And the outside decorations were a gem. Thank you.

  5. Daisies, so cheery. And they fill a bed so nicely.

    No captions needed for the magnificent magnolia. It's beauty through your photos says it all.

    Yes, do start a trend! Box hedges trimmed for Christmas with delightful decorations. Lovely!

  6. Lovely pics of those magnificent magnolias!

  7. I liked all those daisies! So pretty!


  8. I love white daisies but so does Drumstick she likes to eat them so all mine are gone now, yours are beautiful.

  9. Daisies are so lovely in their simplicity.

  10. Andrew; massed plants like this are quite spectacular. Most daisies these days are the round bush type such as I have at the end of my front path. At the moment it is a ball of deadheads which nobody prunes. not at all pretty. I'll have to get out there myself.

    fishducky; sadly, I'm unable to smell the magnolias, they're quite high and perhaps the scent is too subtle for me to pick it up.

    Joanne; I think it would depend on the ornaments, after all, Christmas trees are leafy. Although to be fair, it's a different kind of leafy. Did you take a photograph of the tree you saw? I know a few people who use a painted dead tree branch at Christmas to hang ornaments from.

    Elephant's Child; most of the daisies in these gardens are the small round bush type in pink, I much prefer these tall standing white ones. Shame about your magnolias, I suppose it wouldn't be playing fair if you started one within a barbed wire enclosure? It was nice to see outside ornaments here.

    Vicki; I used to decorate book leaf conifers that I had in pots at my previous home, I gave them to a plant rescue place when I learned I was moving, they found new homes for much of my stuff. I may get a couple of new ones and put them near my steps since everyone uses the path instead.

    Jayne; aren't they just lovely! And they're staying longer than the ones last year.

    betty; I do too, I'd love to plant some nearer my flat.

    Happy Elf Christine; some of the tenants here do a great job, quite a few have masses of pots on the ground or hanging from trees etc.

    Merlesworld; perhaps you could plant some in a pot in an area Drumstick doesn't go. Maybe your front yard?

    Delores; I do love the simple ones best. The multi-petalled doubles and triples are pretty enough, but the singles outshine them every time.

  11. Beautiful images, all. I love those daisies.
    And the subtle tinsel and baubles are a nice touch.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  12. Jackie K; thank you. I had a wonderfully quiet, peaceful Christmas.

  13. Those daisies are beautiful. Are they shasta daisies perhaps? Phil and I both said "ooh! when we saw the magnolias (he is here beside me right now) as we love them. What a great idea with the outside decorations. I've done it in the past but not this year, just my little tree decorated. Thanks for sharing, once again, some delightful pictures.
    I'm running late today....just 'one of those days' for me. They happen as you age.

  14. The daisies are lovely. They look a lot like a Shasta daisy, which do grow quite tall. I grew some called "Silver Princess" this year and they were really successful and bloomed for months. It's a pity that they are often overlooked by gardeners, but they are a fantastic, reliable plant.

    Magnolia trees are fabulous. We have a big one near our local medical centre with the prettiest pale pink, creamy flowers in summer. It's a tree that is used as a "dummy tree". When the little ones are ready to give up their dummies, they go with mummy or daddy to this park them and hang them in the magnolia tree. If you search in Google Images for nappträd you can see what I mean.

    I really like the fact that people are starting to decorate outside. It looks very festive. I can understand that people might not be bothered as it's summer time and so not many hours of darkness to see lights etc, but with a few baubles and tinsel, you get a splash even in daylight. I can't help noticing that they feature the blue and gold of Sweden's flag. Maybe they are lost souls from the north missing their home :-)

  15. Very nice. I'll pop over and post a Sunday photo.
    Happy New Year.

  16. I couldn't find the Sunday Selection area.
    One of the links goes to a domain not found. Maybe it's my computer.

  17. Daisies and all those blooming lovely photos. A trend of hanging tinsel and baubles and lights, could become quite the tradition for you.

  18. Mimsie; I love the magnolia too and would plant a couple if I had the yard space for them. I'm not sure what type of daisies they are, but google will sort that out for me.

    Marie; I like the idea of a dummy tree, although my kids never needed any incentive, they gave up their dummies on their own, three of them before their first birthdays. Quite a few people decorate their houses with lights etc, there are notices in the newspaper about which streets have good displays, I always wanted to go and see the Lobethal Lights, but never seem to get around to it.

    Rick Watson; Doing a Sunday Selection post is simply a matter of naming your post Sunday Selections, linking back to me somewhere in your post, then posting photos of your choice on a Sunday. The original idea was to use old photos that had become lost in your files and never being seen again, now it's evolved a bit and you can post old photos or new ones, even photos that didn't turn out right if you think they may have artistic merit rather than photographic genius. Pretty much anything you choose is okay. You could leave a comment to say you'd joined in, just as you have today, then people will drop in to see what you have posted.

    klahanie; a little bit of summer for you. I used to decorate a bit outside and think I will again.

  19. Love the Xmas decorations in the bushes!! We once lived next door to a magnificent Port Wine Magnolia - the scent was VERY strong and almost too intoxicating! But in a good way!!

  20. Red Nomad OZ; I LOVE the Port Wine Magnolias!! It's a scent that doesn't set off my hayfever as well as being heavenly. I'm going to have one one day.


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