The unseasonable rain continued throughout the week, interspersed with short-lived patches of sun. On Thursday we had strong winds, the result of a very large high off the southern coast of Australia. And the rain continued! Yet, despite the rather soggy conditions, it has been an eventful week in the garden! Here are my six for the week:
- Free Bromeliads!
Friends were having a winter tidy-up blitz in their garden and removed a number of very large bromeliads – some a metre and a half in diameter! These particular bromeliads can grow in full sun. I rescued 8! They are so large however that I could only fit 4 plants into the front garden, so gave away the remaining 4 to friends. The specimen shown below has been planted out in one of the new garden beds that I’m creating in the front garden.
2. What is that??
This amazing fungus is a stinkhorn. Flies are attracted to the spore slime (brown) and aid in the dispersal of this species. This specimen was growing in the mulch in the front garden bed. Isn’t it unusual?
3. My new acquisition
I have been waiting patiently for a garden arch, so when we saw this one advertised for sale, we immediately drove down to have a look at it! SOLD!! There is a little bit of rust at the top, but otherwise it is in a fairly good condition. It will be cemented in its new location, and one of the two bare-rooted climbing roses I bought and potted up will be planted next to it. I have not planted a climbing rose before, so I’m looking forward to the coming growing season to see how it fairs. The new garden bed just behind the arch is still being planted out with spring flowering annuals. There is a lot of work to be done in the front garden, and I’m hoping that I will be able to complete most of the basic ‘construction’ work before spring (September).
4. Jammy mouth
This little bush grows at the top corner of my garden. I had no idea what it was, and was considering removing it when it suddenly burst into flower! The flowers attract birds, butterflies and bees, so it is definitely staying in the garden.
5. Iboza riparia now called Tetradenia riparia
I have loved this shrub ever since I first saw in the 1980’s in its native environment. One of the common names for this plant is ‘misty plume bush’, and that describes it perfectly! My plant is only a year old, but is growing very well and producing its amazing flowers in the garden now.
6. What’s that hiding in the Brunfelsia?
They say that the presence of frogs in a garden is a good indicator of a healthy environment, so I was very excited when I spotted this tiny frog sitting on a leaf of my Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow bush! We do not use any poisons in the garden, and have hoping that more frogs will start moving into our garden now that I’m planting more shrubs and trying to create safe refuges for lizards, frogs and water dragons that are endemic to the area.
This little frog is only about an inch long (2.5cm). This is the first time I have seen this type of tree frog, so I rushed off to get my camera and managed to get this single photo of it just before it leapt away out of sight into another bush.
Well that’s my Six on Saturday for this week!
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