Sunday Selections #94

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.

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.

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.

The Trees.

We have a wonderful variety of trees here.

Fruit trees....

At least four Loquat trees (more of a shrub really)

filled with fat golden fruits.
The birds love these, so if you want some for yourself you'd better get in quick!

There's a Nectarine tree quite some distance away from any flat, so I'm not sure if it belongs to someone or if it's free-for-all.

There are two Mulberry trees. This smaller one has many ripening fruits within my reach...

...and plenty more way up high for the birds. (or someone with a ladder)

I ate this one straight after taking the photo.
also in the grounds are Orange, Lemon and Mandarin trees, and I have seen a vine which may be Grapes or may be just ornamental.
In the front garden by my flat is a huge Fejoia tree.  Yum! I'll take photos when it has fruit again.

There are flowering trees...

Like this huge White Cedar, which will later drop millions of small round tan coloured berries.
Be careful walking on those!

millions of tiny, tiny flowers in a purple so pale it could almost be white.

This magnificent Magnolia tree has only just begun its flowering season.

Just one flower, up high. Too high to zoom in on. That's it in the centre of the photo.
There is a much smaller Magnolia tree which has more flowers, but I haven't photographed it yet.

These next photos are trees which have wonderfully shaped branches and beautiful textured bark.


  1. I love magnolias! I shall be linking to you but it will not post until after midnight USA... it is still Saturday here!

  2. Bonza photos. You are entitled to pick any fruit or flower that over hangs a boundary fence on to private or public property (e.g. footpath, road or playground). I've done this for years and i will keep doing it, because there is nothing more tasty than fruit picked straight off the tree branch.

  3. I love trees! It's nice to see all the trees in your area. I remember, as a child, walking home from school there was a Mulberry tree on the way and we'd always stop and feast on the fruit and come home with stained hands!

  4. I met my first mulberry only a few years ago. They are deliscious berries!

  5. I adore trees. Thank you River, this is a wonderful, wonderful post. We have a mulberry tree. The birds both love it, and unfortunately the purple crap deposited by a mulberry eating bird is very hard to remove - from washing or the veranda.

  6. I have a huge Magnolia on the nature strip next door and I know when the flowers bloom it's going to be hot next day.

  7. Oh how I love trees in all shapes, sizes and forms. There was a parody on a song years ago "I think that I shall never see a billboard as lovely as a tree." It is always so terribly sad when one sees trees being removed to make way for what is sometimes just plain ugliness. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  8. Oh! And I see since you took that photo from far away from the apartment, that it looks more like a mansion from afar. You live in a beautiful land, River.

  9. Cindi Summerlin; Adelaide had quite a few magnolias, the weather here seems to be good for them. I'll check your post tomorrow.

    Windsmoke; there are no fences around most of these trees and I've been happily eating loquats and mulberries while waiting for the fejoias to start. They're a few months away yet, the tree doesn't flower until around Christmas. There is one peach tree that clearly belongs to the nearest flat as it has a veggie patch around its base, so I'll leave that one alone.

    gaby @727m2; This complex of flats has so many trees and gardens it's easily one of the prettiest around.

    Joanne Noragon; They're very sweet when fully ripe, but stain your fingers and clothes.

    Elephant's Child; I adore trees too, as much as I love the water. My dream home has shady trees and a babbling small river on the property.

    JahTeh; the blooming flowers mean heat the next day? That's good to know. I'll keep an eye on the flowers, although with summer fast approaching we're in for some serious heat anyway. Today is 32 degrees here, with a hot wind.

    Mimsie; I remember a very large block in another suburb that had a huge old house, sadly very dilapidated, surrounded by trees. Developers bought the property and flattened it. Now there are eight townhouses on it. No trees.

    Happy Elf Mom; I had to stand well back, the pollens blowing off the flowers are not good for me. It does make the flats look better, like mansions as you said.

  10. Im not sure why but this area has way too many birds, we can no longer grow soft fruits. long ago I cut out my Loquat tree, likewise grapes and plumbs are not a viable option. How lucky you are to still have beautiful gardens

  11. Tempo; we have plenty of birds here too. The parrots love the fruit. Sad that you got rid of your trees, did bird nets or other bird scare tactics not work well enough?

  12. My loquat tree is huge. It makes a mess, falling leaves all year and now seeds from the fruit. I eat a few but the skin is tough. When you've got a garden like mine you have to work. Huge growth. Leave it one year and it starts coming in the door.

  13. R.H. I sometimes peel the skin off the loquats, mostly I just wash them and bite straight in.

  14. Loquats are juicy but they're about 50% hard seed in the centre; not much flesh. I don't bother washing fruit, not from my own trees.

  15. They're a very good shade tree basically. Easy to grow.

  16. Oh Magnolias are my favourite I have only seen them once in Vancouver BC but that did. it.
    Mulberries I have never seen they are pretty.
    Great photos. B


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