Friday, 6 September 2013

5 in 5 - Melanie September

This post is written by my friend Melanie. She lives in Australia and doesn't have a blog.  I keep encouraging her and hopefully she will one day. Meanwhile she wanted to join the 5 in 5 challenge so I am posting her photos on her behalf.  I love that Melanie wants to take part!  Over to Melanie: 


Top left the aloe Vera plant. This plant has beautiful flowers late winter early spring.  The juice in its leaves is excellent for rubbing on stings and burns having a healing quality.  We are never short of a supply with many plants dotted around our front garden.

Top right a marigold.  I put in a few marigold transplants from the back garden last month after getting fed up with seeing weeds on this patch of ground which eventually is to become a pathway to our decking.

Bottom left bird of paradise plant.    This flower is past its best but I still thought it worthy of a photo.

Middle a ground cover plant whose name escapes me.  I planted this recently in the hope that it cover a bare patch of garden.

Bottom right the first flowers on our new nectarine tree.  We had a beautiful nectarine tree in the back year which died last year so have now planted a new one and given it a spot in the front garden.

I am really appreciative that Melanie took the time to take photos and write this post. Especially as her daughter has just had a serious car accident while in Nambia and is currently in hospital waiting to be flown back to UK. Luckily she seems to have had a lucky escape, even though she may need an operation on her spine,
and Melanie is flying back to UK to be with her daughter when she is transferred. 
So a special big thank you to Melanie for taking part this month, and  special thoughts to her and her family at this difficult time.  The one positive outcome is that I may get to see her again much sooner than I expected!!!


  1. Be sure to tell Melanie that her flowers are gorgeous. I wish we could grow Bird of Paradise in Tennessee. I'm thinking that ground cover could be sedum.

  2. I didn't know Aloe Vera had a flower...I have one in my garden...I'll be watching carefully now! I do hope her daughter makes a full and speedy recovery!
    Alison xx

  3. Wonderful to have a blog post from a non-blogger - tell her the photos are lovely. Best wishes for her daughter's recovery.

  4. Echoing what the others have said, great pics, and please wish the family well.
    Joy xx

  5. Lovely pictures! Sending my best wishes to Melanie and her daughter

  6. What a glorious spread of colour and texture ... Please let Melanie know I am thinking of her and her daughter and wishing them well. I am sure her daughter will be thrilled to see Melanie ...

  7. Love these and I really like the collage. Best wishes to the family,


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