Sunday Selections #95

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.

This week, the garden directly in front of and to the right of my flat.

From this photo you can't really tell how big that tree (shrub) is.
Easily 4 metres wide and 3-4 metres tall.

Here we are a little closer.  It's a Fejoia.

And it's flowering!! Every red spot you see there is a flower. There are so many flowers.
Mmmm, fruit.....

Here is just one of the hundreds of flowers. Pretty isn't it?  Mmmm, fruit....
Do you eat Fejoias?  Smallish green fruits, about 3 inches long about an inch-inch and a half thick, the taste is an intriguing combination of pineapple and banana. Mild but tropical.
And I like them a lot.

The Oleanders are also blooming now. This pretty pink one is flanked on the left by the Fejoia and on the right by a Bottle Brush tree.

To the left of the Fejoia and directly in line with my front door, is this much paler pink Oleander.

So delicate, so pretty.

Way over to the right, in front of the Bottle Brush is this.
I have no idea what it is, but the leaves are pretty and if you look closely at the right hand side of the photo, there is a fly on one of the leaves.
I hadn't even noticed it when I took the photo.


  1. Does grounds maintenance look after all these plants or do the tenants?

  2. I love your garden (and you knew I would). And yes, it is your garden, as beauty at the door. I am intrigued with the edible and the poisonous (oleander) so close together though. I am a fan of fejoia myself - and bottlebrush. Your mystery plant is nagging in my head. I will get back to you if it comes to me.

  3. Delores; grounds maintenance takes care of cutting back and lawn mowing, but tenants look after things they've planted in pots or their own little piece of front yard if they've planted it out, like the cottage garden from a couple of weeks back. They'll water those, but there are automatic systems in place for watering of the large grassed and tree areas. with recycled water.

    Elephant's Child; I think of it as my garden too, except the bit way over on the right where my neighbour has planted many little things of her own.

  4. you have a beautiful beautiful garden. :)

  5. I've never heard of a Fejoia, but they sound interesting. I don't care for bananas myself, but love pineapple.

  6. Izzy Mason; thank you.

    Cindi Summerlin; if you lived closer, I'd invite you to come and pick some when they ripen. As it is maybe you could find some in your summer at farmers markets? Maybe they are called something else where you live. Over here they are also called pineapple guava.

  7. We have a fejoia at work, it's lovely. I've never eaten the fruit though.
    I put some oleanders in my own garden and I get sick of people saying OMG BUT IT'S POISONOUS. Sure, it is. But the leaves are so bitter I doubt you'd ever get past that to ingest enough to kill yourself /rant

  8. Fenstar de Luxe; I never liked oleanders much growing up, Port Pirie seemed to have way too many of them and they were always crawling with ants, so no good at all for hiding in. Try a Fejoia when you can. They're ripe when they fall off the tree. Just wash it, slice it lengthways and scoop out the fruit. The first bite is "oh my god what is this?" The second bite is where you can taste the subtle flavours of pineapple and banana. If you don't like it, there's no harm done, just toss it.


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