Six on Saturday – W30/2019 – Flowers in July

Its been a good week for the garden – warm days (for winter), cool nights, a little spatter of rain on Friday, and more balmy weather expected! There are two projects underway in the garden at the moment: creating new garden beds in the front garden, and the chicken pen is under construction in the back garden! Winter in Queensland is the best time of the year to work outside, because as it warms up to summer, the intense heat and humidity and the mosquitoes put a damper on outside activities. For me the race is on to complete all the little projects before summer arrives!

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1. Metrosideros sp.

This plant is in the garden bed nearest the street, and was there when we bought the house. It has flourished over the past two years with the additional water we provide, and the flowers attract the Noisy Miner birds and of course the bees! There are at least three bees in cluster of flowers shown in the photo. They dive down deep into the flowers to reach the nectar.

2. Camelia sp.

There are three camellias in the garden, this red flowering one, a gentle double pink and a small dainty single white one.

3. Dombeya calantha

This is one of my new treasures purchased at the recent garden expo! I have planted it out into its permanent position, and it seems to be doing alright. The pink flowers are just beautiful. Its only about 30 cm high, and if the white Dombeya that I purchased at the previous year’s expo is anything to go by, it should grow to about 1.5 metres before next winter.

4. Clivia sp.

This Clivia was a prize purchase from the previous year’s garden expo! As these plants tend to prefer well drained soil, I decided to plant it into a pot instead of in the ground. The pot is under a Tibouchina tree. The Clivia has grown well in a year, and I was rewarded with flowers!

5. Coffea sp.

Right in the bottom corner of the garden hiding under a large tree is a coffee tree! It is full of coffee cherries – immature green ones and bright red mature ones. The process involved from harvesting the ripe cherries to the final coffee bean is so tedious that we decided it was not worth doing. It is a pretty tree that fills a dark corner, so we have decided to let it stay as an ornamental only!

6. Abutilon sp.

This gorgeous little plant was discounted, and when I saw its flowers I could not resist rescuing it! In fact, I bought two plants! This particular specimen was planted in the side garden and has continued to bloom throughout winter. During winter it is shaded by the garage for most of the day, and is protected from the south by the neighbour’s hedge. The pendulous flowers are beautiful!


That’s my Six on Saturday! Happy gardening during the coming week!


  1. Its very interesting to see the plants that make up a Queensland garden in winter. We have the camellia but it would be Magnolias and daffodils alongside it. Fascinating to see the coffee plant and the clivia, a plant which I’ve only come across in South Africa.

    • I’ve been considering adding a Magnolia to my garden. There are some magnificent specimens growing locally. The bulb suppliers recommend Jonquils rather than Daffodils as the Jonquils are apparently more heat tolerant. Although I love Daffs I opted for the Jonquils instead. I bought a couple of varieties and they have finished flowering. The coffee was a lovely surprise for us and really brightens up a dark corner of the garden. We are fortunate to be able to buy a few different species of Clivia in Australia. I have to grow them in pots as our soil is not well drained. I bought two different species last year so I’m hoping that they will flower next season.

  2. Everything’s looking beautiful, much better than our winter plants. Love the coffee tree, those red berries. The abutilon & clivia are gorgeous as well. Actually, they all are, but I picked the top 3.

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