We have fortunately escaped the ravages of the cold weather that has blasted its way through the southern part of Australia this week. That is expected to change, however, with a minimum of 7 degrees expected tonight. Here is my SoS for this week.
1. New stairs
Mr S has been busy this week! He has put in these new stairs leading down to the bottom of the garden. This little slope is normally quite treacherous when wet because of the clay, so the steps should save us from slipping!
My trusty (and rusty) old wheelbarrow was finally retired. I gave it a new lease on life by planting it full of colourful spring flowering plants. There is a central pot of Muscari, surrounded by calendulas interspersed with lovely white alyssum. (I really should have painted the wheelbarrow!)
3. Muscari – Grape hyacinth
This is the first time I have successfully grown grape hyacinth. I find the leaves to be rather scraggly, but the pretty little flowers are certainly worthwhile.
4. Velthelmia bracteata – forest lily – with a flower in an unusual place!
My Velthelmia has sent forth its flowering spike, which will hopefully open soon. If you look closely at the flower spike and let your eye travel down to the leaves, you will notice that there is a single flower coming off the spike. Isn’t that unusual?
5. Tree fern – possibly Cyathea cooperi
We inherited the tree fern with the house, and in the almost 2 years that we have been here it has grown amazingly well! Although looking slightly yellowish at this time of year, it has already sent out four new fronds. Some of the older fronds are loaded with spores and I keep the nearby window closed so we do not get a layer of fine brown spores on the furniture. Despite the copious amount of spores, not one baby tree fern is to be found in the garden!
Cyclamens are generally sold as indoor plants here, and I have only bought them to brighten up my office space. They never survived dormancy and I bought a new plant every year. However, since seeing them flourishing under trees in the UK, I now use them as outside plants, and this particular plant is into its third year of blooming! The old man’s beard (Spanish moss), Tillandsia usneoides, on the other side of the fence seems to be surviving the ravages of the Mickeys – the Noisy Miner birds that use it to line their nests.
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