The past week was another wet week, with heavy rainfall and lots of localised flash flooding. Luckily no flooding where we are. The weather has been lovely and cool, and the vegetation is looking lush and green again. The few hours of sunshine became unbearable due to the combination of heat and humidity, and luckily were short lived. Weeding has been the priority task in the garden this week, but as the soil is so damp, it is an easy task.
Update on the wasps
Last week I mentioned that I planned to relocate a wasp nest that I’d found under the entry arch. Well, I had second thoughts as I was concerned that moving the nest might result in the death of the young beneficial wasps, so we came up with another plan. We placed a section of trellis (originally intended for a honeysuckle) across the entrance to close it off. This is a temporary measure, but the more I look at it, the more ideas I have about using the space to create a nook for a statue?, a feature plant?, a chair?
Cats whiskers – Orthosiphon aristatus
Originally a rescue plant, I planted it out and gave it a severe trim, and it slowly settled into its position and is now covered with beautiful white flowers. This plant is a medicinal herb used in Asia, marketed as Kidney tea or Java tea, something I was not aware of when I purchased it.
A kind neighbour gave me one of her potted cuttings, and I have planted it near a burgundy Acalypha (not in the photo) and a crepe myrtle, hoping that the contrasting foliage colours will compliment each other. I have no idea what the species name or variety of the Echium is.
This narrow bed lines the one side of the driveway. I initially planted it out with Cuphea hyssopifolia alternating the white with the mauve bushes. These little bushes have outgrown their space and begun to look untidy, and I decided to try growing Angelonia serena ‘Serena Blue’ there instead. The seedlings I planted out a week or two ago have established themselves nicely and should start filling out their spaces. As soon as I can I will pull out the rest of the Cuphea and replace them with more Angelonia.
We planted out a young passion fruit vine last year, and it struggled to establish itself. Towards the end of the last growing season it became swamped by the extremely vigorous choko vine, and we gave up hope of the passion fruit developing any further. At the beginning of this growing season however it started showing some signs of life again, so we left is alone, and finally, since the rain, it has begun to flower, and tiny fruit can now be seen on the vine. The choko vine has been kept under control this year, and has been severely trimmed and forced to grow in the opposite direction to the passion fruit vine.
Over the past two weeks the little white lilies have appeared along the edges of the tree fern bed, peeping out from under the Coleus plant. I think they are Zephranthes candida.
Amongst the white flowers is a single yellow Zephranthes – Z. Citrina ?
And now it is back to the task of weeding in the garden!
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