Bargains are hard to resist, and bargain plants even more so! What started as a quick visit to the local nursery turned into an hour long delight as I systematically went through all the plants in their ‘bargain corner’. I finally left with a tropical peach and nectarine, an oddly shaped Liquidambar, a lavender, a hedging plant and a native shrub. Now to plant them … Why not join all of us via The Propagator and have a look at what other gardeners are doing in their part of the world.
Tropical Stone Fruit
Although living in the sub tropics means that there is an abundance of tropical and sub-tropical fruit, every now and then I wish I could pick my own stone fruit. This probably stems from when we were growing up on a small holding. Back then we grew yellow cling-stone peaches, nectarines, Satsuma plums, apricots, apples and pears. Luckily for me there are now some low chill stone fruit trees available which means that I can (hopefully) eventually enjoy picking my own stone fruit! My choice of a peach was White Opal, which bears medium sized fruit.
I also chose a tropical nectarine, Prunus persica White Satin. The label on this tree provides very detailed instructions on how to plant and care for this tree. Both these trees will be planted in the back garden, but the area will need to be prepared from scratch beforehand as it is just a patch of lawn at the moment.
This particular plant has lost its apical growth, so I’m not sure what shape it will develop as it continues to grow. More than likely it will be a shrub rather than a tree. I need some shade in one of the front garden beds, so I have planted it there alongside a Shasta Daisy, Polyantha Rose, The Montville Rose, Osmanthus and Osteospermum. It is going to be interesting to see how it develops.
Lemon, Lime and Clippers
What a name for a hedging plant! Ligustrum undulatum ‘Lemon Lime and Clippers’ should form a dense and compact hedge of 2m x 2m – ideal for where I have planted it. I’m hoping it will soften and hide the unsightly shade house belonging to our neighbour. The two-toned greens will certainly add some much needed interest in that part of the garden.
The Ginger Factory at Yandina hosts an annual ‘Ginger flower and food festival’ mid-January, with ginger inspired dishes, gardening tips, nursery, art work, and dining. We missed this years festival by a day, but were over the moon to see that there were still many plants for sale! I bought two ornamental gingers, a Curcuma hybrid Anna Paulowna ginger with lovely pink flowers which are edged with green.
The second ginger plant I purchased is a Zingiber species ‘Golden Beehive’. This specimen is not flowering at the moment. Both should do well when planted out in the garden.
Native hibiscus tree
As we sat savouring an ice cream on a hot summer day near the beach earlier in the month, I admired the shape of the tree we were sitting under. It had beautiful heart shaped leaves and lovely bright yellow flowers. I discovered it is the native hibiscus, or cottonwood, Hibiscus tiliaceus rubra. Luckily the local nursery had some in stock, and I have planted it near the top of the garden.
This is a small sized tree with lovely pink flowers in summer, that I have strategically (hopefully!) planted to provide shade in summer, while allowing sun loving annuals to grow under it in winter.
Well, that is my Six on Saturday for this week. Happy gardening to everyone for the coming week!