Here are my Six on Saturday for this week:
- Velthelmia bracteata
I featured my Velthelmia a few Saturday’s ago, as it had an unusual single flower coming off the lower part of flowering stem. That single flower is still there and almost ready to fall off, and the head of flowers is opening and looking lovely.
2. Eupatorium megalophyllum syn Bartlettina sordida
Last year I fell in love with a beautiful flowering bush in our neighbour’s driveway. It was so spectacular in spring that passersby were stopping to admire and photograph it. I managed to get the last specimen of the season at our local nursery, planted it out, cut it back, and planted two of the cuttings. These cuttings are growing well, and the one that I planted out three months ago is also flowering this season.
Although only about half a metre in height, the bush is looking spectacular in amongst the pretty pink and magenta of the azaleas. The mature bush in the neighbours driveway is about 2 metres in height and about 1.5 metres in diameter. Once my plant matures it should fill up the gap between the azaleas on the right and the Tibouchina on the left, and provide a dense screen on the boundary with our neighbour.
3. The heady scent of citrus
We received a potted dwarf ‘Lots of Lemons’ plant from our real estate agent in 2017 to welcome us to our new home. We planted it next to a sad looking mandarin tree and it is growing well and flowering prolifically. Our other citrus trees, the resurrected mandarin tree, and the lemonade are also flowering profusely, and filling the air with their heady scent.
4. Albuca acuminata
Whilst at the Yandina Farmers Markets I spotted this little plant full of buds. It is an unusual almost insignificant plant with delicate little flowers, almost a pale yellow-green in colour. Of course I bought one! I placed the plant in a quirky pot made of sticks that was given to me by a neighbour.
5. Clivia miniata
I have a few lovely specimens planted in the garden in semi-shade, and a couple of the other Clivia species planted in pots. I am patiently waiting for the shrubs and trees that I have planted in the garden during the past couple of years to establish themselves so that I can use their shade to plant out all my shade loving plants, including the other Clivia species. In the meantime there is a small tree in the back garden which is surrounded by a dense clustering of potted plants, all waiting to be planted out in shady areas.
6. Bulbine frutescens – yellow
This is such an easy plant to grow and its bright yellow flowers light up the garden for most of the year. It is fairly drought tolerant and it forms dense clumps. The clumps do need to be divided up as they can flop to one side and leave a bare patch in the centre of the plant. I also have the lovely orange variety.
That’s my record of what is growing in the garden this week. If you would like to see what is happening in gardens around the world please visit the home of ‘Six on Saturday’ at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com to discover how to join in.