Six on Saturday – W23/2019 – My first SoS!

This is my first attempt at a ‘Six on Saturday’ post. What a fun concept! My garden is in the Southern Hemisphere, along the east coast of Australia. The area is known as the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and being elevated we get the cooling sea breezes and good rainfall. It is now autumn on the Sunshine Coast, and the deciduous trees are colouring up, and some leaves have already begun to fall. After weeks of good rains the ground is soggy and some plants are suffering from water-logging and fungal diseases. But in spite of the weather and excess water, there are still some beautiful flowers in the garden….

  1. Gordonia axillaris – Fried Egg Plant
When flowers drop on the ground they always fall ‘sunny-side up’ – hence the name of Fried Egg Plant. Loved by bees!

One thing I have just learned about this plant is that it has been renamed to Polyspora axillaris (syn. Franklinia). The local nurseries still refer to it as Gordonia. This is an evergreen tree, and in late autumn and early winter it bears beautiful single flowers of white, with a bright centre of yellow stamens. When the flowers fall of the tree they resemble fried eggs. My tree was planted in summer and is only about 30cm high, but despite it being so small, it still manged to produce a handful of flowers. The more mature specimens around the area look magnificent and the ground beneath them is littered with old flowers.

2. Aloe species

I bought the plant at a local garage sale, planted it in a well drained position, and it is now flourishing in my garden.

3. Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon

Beautiful double flowers open white and after a day close up into a pink round shape. This picture shows an unopened bud, the open white flower and the beautiful day-old pink flower. Bees love these flowers.

I fell in love with the Rose of Sharon when I noticed them flowering in local gardens in autumn last year. I managed to buy one of the last specimens of the season in the nursery, and was advised to prune the single stem prior to spring. This I did, and successfully propagated two cuttings . I was thrilled to see that even as only young plants, these cuttings produced some flowers this autumn. Better still the flowers were doubles.

4. Polygala species

Polygala – the dwarf compact form

I have two species of Polygala in my garden and both are flowering. One is a dwarf form, bought at Bunnings (hardware/gardening store), and the other is the taller variety that I have known from South Africa, Polygala myrtifolia. Polygala is commonly known as the milkwort.

5. Impatiens – New Guinea Hybrid

New Guinea Impatiens. I have three colours, pink, white and a deeper pink. This one thrives in semi-shade.

5. Cuphea hyssopifolia

Ideal filler plants or for borders. I buy these as seedlings and use the plants as fillers throughout my garden. They come in white, pink and mauve and add colour to the garden. The flowers attract native and commercial bees.

6. Viola

This beautiful viola is growing in a hanging basket, and will add colour to the winter garden.

The above post is my Six on Saturday for the week. The home of ‘Six on Saturday’ can be found at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com where other posts can be viewed.

18 comments

  1. So many plants that are new to me, as I’m in the northern hemisphere. Love the fried egg & hibiscus, but the impatiens look good enough to eat. That viola is precious. Welcome to the gang! It’s really a great place to share things.

  2. Gordonia axillaris as an opening salvo works for me. We have relatives near Caboolture so I shall pay close attention to what is doing well for you so I can advise them accordingly. My knowledge from gardening here is worthless out there.

    • Gosh! I’m certainly no expert as I have only been in this area for less than 2 years! But I’m learning fast!! Caboolture is coastal and only 50km away so there would be a lot of similarities! We are about 400m above sea level and do have a higher rainfall.

  3. Hello, lovely first six, glad you could join in. I had some of those impatiens last year, a bright spot on the edge of a shady border.

  4. Good you see your garden and welcome to us crazies about gardening! The Rose of Sharon is one of my favorites! We have been hot as hades here for several months and it is only June!

    • It’s the first time I have grown the Rose of Sharon, and I’m thrilled with it’s progress! I don’t envy you that summer heat! We have the heat and humidity in summer, but our temperature only peaked at 36 degrees Celcius one day, but luckily we have cooling sea breezes which lessen the harsh heat effects. Good to be part of the gardening group!

  5. I have some of the same plants growing in my garden in NSW, but my Hibiscus syriacus is now without leaves and flowers until spring. I love the Gordonia, but have not a snowballs chance of growing one here… far too hot in the summer, I think. I’m slightly envious of your rain!

    • My hibiscus will follow suit as we start having cooler weather, so I expect that it will be dropping leaves soon. This is the first time I have planted a Hibiscus syriacus and it is only one season old, so I am really thrilled with it! Up on The Range here we do have slightly cooler weather than the coast, which I take advantage of to dabble in growing plants I could not grow in Central Queensland. Today is a lovely cool but sunny day. So good to see the sun again after the rain. I’m off to the garden again!

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