The lovely winter weather continues here on the Sunshine Coast. I pruned my roses this week, and are pruning some of the shrubs as well to tidy them up for the new season. It has been cooler here this year, so I am hesitant to prune too heavily in case we get a cold snap. No further progress made this week on the new garden beds. Here are my Six on Saturday.
- Looking over the fence
This beautiful rose belongs to the neighbour, but it peeps through and over the fence into our garden, providing some much needed colour in a rather dry utility part of the garden. I have no idea what the name of the rose is, but what a beauty. The variegated bougainvillea from next door also serves to lighten up the display.
2. Lemonade Tree
The lemonade tree is a cross between Citrus limon and Citrus reticulata, and was developed in Australia. I tasted the fruit for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it as it has a low acidity and tastes just like …. well, lemonade! We planted our own dwarf lemonade tree last year, and it bore 4 fruit. The last two will be picked and devoured this weekend.
3. Look who’s on insect patrol
We inherited these two Belgium bearded bantams (D’Uccles) from a neighbour who moved away from the area. They happily patrol our back garden for grubs, worms and other tasty delicacies they find whilst on patrol. As soon as they spot Mr S digging in the garden, they rush over to help him clean up all the grubs they can find. Luckily they are not too destructive, so they spend most of their time free ranging outdoors.
4. Snow peas
The snow peas are flourishing at the moment, and we are harvesting enough peas for a meal at least every second day.
5. Lilian Austin rose
This rose bush, bought as a bare rooted plant in July last year, and potted up into a large terracotta pot, has just surprisingly produced a lone flower, which I picked and have it on display inside. The rest of the bush is dormant and there are no other leaves or flower buds on the bush (unlike the growth seen on the unknown rose in #1 for this week).
6. Fairy Crassula
I was given a couple of Crassula plants, and within a year they have multiplied and filled up the little area at the front entrance. I was unsure sure of the name of the plant, so had to look it up for the Six on Saturday, and in doing so learnt that it is considered to be an ‘environmental weed’ in Victoria (Australia), and a ‘potential environmental weed’ here in Queensland where it has become naturalised in a few areas. I had better ensure that it does not spread any further than my garden up here on the Range, which means that I will have to remove and destroy the flower heads. A pity as they are really delicate and pretty. [Flower stalks are also removed from Agapanthus plants here in Queensland to prevent it spreading into wild areas]. This little ground cover, Crassula multicava is so easy to grow. Little plants develop on the flowering stalks and these plantlets develop tiny roots and drop off the flowering stems onto the ground around the mother plant, where they establish themselves, and before you know it you have a substantial clump of Crassula.
That is all for my ‘Six on Saturday’. Wishing you all a good gardening week. If you are thinking of joining in with the ‘Six on Saturday’, please do! Visit the home of ‘Six on Saturday’ at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com to discover what is happening in other gardens around the world.