Six on Saturday – W18/2020 – Seeds, foam and paint brush

The chilly weather heralding in winter has finally arrived! Thursday night was incredibly windy, the noise slightly unsettling as the wind whipped through the tall gum trees, breaking off smaller branches and leaves and sending them metres down to the ground. The street was littered with leaves and small branches the next morning.

Out in the garden I’m still working on the project for this winter. The project involves creating a couple more garden beds and putting in a hard woodchip pathway. During the week I had up to 4 little helpers fly in a couple of times a day, perching just above where I was working, alert and just waiting to pounce on tasty morsels that I might dig up. They are entertaining company in the garden! More on these pied butcher birds next week, and onto my Six on Saturday for this week!

First off is the joy of discovering what one of my unknown cuttings is! Holmskioldia sanguinea ‘yellow’ or the Chinese Hat plant. Although not a striking plant as it is still only a season old, I was really excited to see its flowers.

A bud

2. Tree dahlia, Dahlia imperialis, has, after only one season’s growth (which I unfortunatelty failed to support), toppled over under the weight of all its flowers and aided by the recent winds we experienced. Such a beautiful pink flower, loved by bees. We had to prop it up temporarily or the flowers would have all opened at ground level. Once it starts dying down for winter I will prune it back and use some of the canes to propagate more plants.


3. Sabi star, impala lily or desert rose, Adenium obesum

I have two plants, both growing in a sandy mix in pots so that I can move them out of excessive rain. One plant gets pink flowers, the other white. The seed pods are long and slender, and occur in pairs. The seed pod on the pink flowering plant burst to release the golden seeds, which I managed to photograph before they were blown away in the wind.

A pair of seedpods on a desert rose
Desert rose seeds are wind dispersed

4. While wandering around the garden with the camera on Thursday, I came across a foamy blob in one of the Grevillea bushes. Initially I thought they were praying mantis eggs, but it appears that mantis eggs are usually enclosed in a papery structure, not foam. They could be frog eggs or a spittle bug. When I looked at it the next morning it had virtually dried up (second photo). Any ideas as to what it could be? I think I am leaning towards it being a spittle bug.

5. Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Simply Stunning’. The plant is flowering and looking amazing!

6. Haemanthus albiflos – paintbrush lily

I have two pots of these treasured lilies, each containing about 3 bulbs. Both plants have flowered recently. These plants enjoy the shade, and are growing in large ceramic pots. Don’t you love the fuzziness of the flower stem?

That is my Six for the week. I will relax later on today and enjoy reading about what other bloggers from around the world are doing in their gardens, all hosted by The Propagator. Have a look at the link to his site here. Happy gardening!

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