Black-eyed Susans are native to North America. But someone strewed them throughout the Yarra Valley on the other side of the world.
Some people get very excited about changing the Australian flag. A person has to have a hobby, I suppose. Unfortunately most alternative designs offered look remarkably like cheap tea towels. Recently the string (lanyard? halyard?) on the Heidelberg Town Hall flagpole snapped and presented us with a tubular flag. Now that is an idea for a flag. It gave enigmatic flashes of bright red against a raggedy dark blue ground. In heraldic terms, I believe it would be called a blazon flatulent.
Thank you to my brother for the title to this post, which I promptly stole from him.
This orange flower confers a grace note on my favourite local gutter. It also posed a challenge for me to tame cadmium orange oil paint. I was told to use red to darken this paint, yellow to lighten it, and burnt umber to create shadows on it. I did. It came up good enough to eat, but I think I have enough cadmium in my diet already, so I passed.
Had a false start trying to use titanium white to lighten the orange cadmium – that emphatically did not work.
Once I start painting the front fence, I know I will have to finish. It is one of the few domestic DIY jobs the world outside can see. Shame dictates, therefore, that it must not be abandoned for several months mid-way through.