Saturday, 11 July 2015

A Little Bit of Australia in my Garden

On impulse I bought a plant which caught my eye on a previous visit to the local garden centre. It is an Anigozanthos. This particular variety is sometimes known as the Red Kangaroo Paw or Red Kangaroo Foot.

Anigozanthos DSCN4912

A couple of close shots each made up with about six stacked hand held shots so not perfect but do show the beauty of the tiny flower:


Anigozanthos 2

Being a native of Australia it isn't exactly suited to our Winters so I don't know whether I will be able to keep it going through to next year.

Serif Affinity Photo Beta
If, like me, you have been using Affinity Photo Beta then you will probably have found out that the beta testing phase has finished and that version has stopped working. The only thing to do was buy the full version from the Mac app store while it is available at 20% off the  full price. As a credible alternative to Photoshop  I personally think it is £29.99 well spent. No cloud to have to use and pay for like Photoshop, just a one off payment for a versatile photo processing program which will no doubt keep improving for some time to come.


  1. That is a posh plant.
    I did give Affinity a go and there were features I really liked like the split window for before and after.
    I didn't like it's lack of good selection tools and it's rather clunky adjustment sliders. Maybe they have fine tuned those.
    I do like GIMP and that is free.
    What I don't like about Photoshop is Adobe's lack of support for third party plug-ins. I would still like AfterEffects but refuse to pay per month.

    1. Adrian: Adobe got too greedy for my liking. I think they are only interested in professional users.

  2. I am impressed that you are growing a Kangaroo Paw in your garden. Now I will be very interested if any of your honeyeaters find it and enjoy it. In my garden those flowers apparently have enough nectar to attract birds even when other flowers are open.

    1. Mick: I read that they are pollinated by birds. None of that sort of bird round here and I haven't seen any insects show any interest so far.

  3. Replies
    1. TWG: It is unusual with the large areas of brilliant red.

  4. Replies
    1. Wilma: It was something different and out of the ordinary to try.

  5. Looks really lovely indeed. Greetings!

    1. Blogoratti: Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.


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