Tulips & Roses

Today I thought I’d share a few more tulip photos. These are some that Naomi planted quite late in the season and most of them are just starting to bloom.

I am also starting to see buds on my two potted rose bushes. The poor roses have had a tough time these past few years. I bought them in 2016 and left them in pots because I knew I’d be moving. I had many other roses in the garden in Geeveston. I thought I’d lose them in the bushfires because I was away from home for three weeks in mid summer. I had stood the pots in a shallow tub of water and thankfully when I returned home they were still alive. Moving was their next trauma. They spent several weeks in Naomi’s garden at Oatlands. They were very windblown when I got them back. I put them in sunny part of the garden to recover and they were chewed by the local wildlife. I brought them to the balcony and possums tried to eat them. I covered them with a net and turned the pots so that the stems were growing outwards hoping that the possums would not be able to reach them. Last year I hardly had any flowers from either plant.

I was very happy to see that one bush has several buds on it now while the other has one tiny one. I hope that the wind won’t damage them this year. Eventually I may still plant them in the garden but only if I can protect them from pests.

The first roses
Rosebud October 2021


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I can’t even imagine the mess of a our garden blooming again, but maybe it will. We still have roses and daylilies and even two or three tulips. AND a lot of wild strawberries and a big rhododendron. But weeds this year were absolute killers. We’d have to get those ugly things out of the garden to make it a garden again. Right now, it’s just a mess.

    YOUR flowers are lovely and I wish I had lovely flowers, too.

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    • My own potted tulips were a disaster this year they just didn’t bloom at all but Naomi’s even though they weren’t planted till July have come up a treat.


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