Tag Archive | eucaplyptus

Who will be open today? Who will pop their top?

gumnut opens

Need a little inspiration? Just check out this flowering gumnut which must pop its top to flower. It’s as if it loses a little of itself to become all it can be. How life can be like that.

My new book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me has just been launched. Available as a paperback or ebook, it features many scenes from my garden – many of which, including this gumnut, appear on this blog.

In the ‘comments’ below, you will be able to read comments on Fraying from readers who were quick off the mark to get a copy.

You can find out more about Fraying at my website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck
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A Delightful Dip

Bee In Heaven

Life can be full of natural delights. A bright moon on a clear crisp evening, a favourite flower in full bloom, or for this bee a delightful dip into the blooming eucalyptus silver princess.

What’s your delight? What part of nature do you love dipping into?

A Buzz In The Air

A buzz 2

The sensational Wimbledon men’s final, last night, created such a buzz. And this morning, even my eucalyptus silver princess is buzzing. Inspiration is all around.

For those of you in other parts of the world, Wimbledon began last night at 11pm Australian east coast time, and finished around 3.30am. So all I feel capable of this morning is standing in the sun and taking photos. The writing will have to wait a while today.

You might also like to check out Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au
Or her other blog, about writing: http://www.michelegierck.com.au/blog

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Believe in Yourself

sole gumnut in goldern light

A project I’ve been working on for some years has just been offered a contract. For creative people, the need to believe in your work is as essential as your own determination and persistence. This gumnut reminds me that sometimes we have to stand alone for things we believe in, regardless what others say, hoping one day a little light will shine on us or our creative endeavours.

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Michele’s writing blog: http://www.michelegierck.com.au/blog

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Top Of The Tree


A bright blue sky, the tall eucalyptus silver princess sways in the breeze, its load of gumnuts begins blooming. It’s entrancing, almost magical to watch.

(The eucalyptus silver princess is common in Victoria, Australia. I’m not sure if they grow in other parts of the world.)

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au



This is only the second bloom of the eucalyptus silver princess, the last gift my mother gave me before she died. To see the rich blooms is awesome. I wait in anticipation as the little gumnuts pop their tops.

How thrilled I am that the last gift given to me by my mother, prior to the end of her earthly journey just over three years ago, is so robust it billows skywards, sways but does not break in whipping winds, and blooms beautifully. (Upon reflection, these could be the features of a well-lived life!)

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