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….
- Gordonia axillaris – Fried Egg Plant
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
3. Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon
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
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
5. Cuphea hyssopifolia
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