Six on Saturday – W31/2019 – Colour in August

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.

  1. 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.

Lemonade fruit

3. Look who’s on insect patrol

Specks
Teacup

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.

7 comments

  1. And another vote for the lemonade tree. They’re available here in the UK, but for quite a hefty price, unfortunately. Love the chickens. Do you have a coop for them? Bravo, you, taking on the neighbour’s hens.

    • Luckily the lemonade trees here are not overpriced….just as well as we have decided to purchase a second one! The chickens are so cute, and not only do we have a coop for them, Mr S is building a second (bigger and better!) day pen for them to scratch around in when we go out. The first day pen will be dismantled as soon as he has completed the new one. When we are at home during the day then the chicks are free to roam around the back garden and keep the pests in check!

  2. Well, you might have just given me the answer to something. I was given some plantlets of a succulent that a friend had growing in her garden over here, but she couldn’t remember the name. If it isn’t the same as your Crassula it is a close relative I would say. It didn’t look like it would be hardy but she’d had it in the ground outdoors for years. The lemonade tree sounded like something out of the “big rock candy mountain”, but it was lemonade springs.

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