Six on Saturday – W20/2020 – Colour in May

This week has been a lot quieter, compared to the happenings of last week, so I thought I would show you some of the plants that are flowering in the garden. We are in Autumn here, and the days are getting cooler, while the days are lovely and warm.

  1. Gerbera Garvinea. This is a rescue plant from our local nursery, and is looking bright and cheerful in the front garden.

2. Golden Penda. I featured this tree a month or so ago, and it is flowering again, this time covered in flowers and buds. The flowers are very popular with the local birds, such as the Rainbow lorikeets and the Noisy miners, and also with the bees.

In one of the few shady areas of the garden is Plectranthus coleoides ‘Variegata’, my number 3 for the week. It is a ground cover with shiny green leaves and spires of white flowers. Unfortunately it only seems to flower once a year.

Number 4 for the week is another surprise plant! I received this last year as a cutting, which has grown nicely over summer. I planted it out not knowing what it was, and I have been rewarded with a flower. I have managed to identify it as Ruellia macrantha, a plant from Brazil.

The fifth flowering plant featured to day is one whos name is a mouthful – Arachnothryx leucophylla, the Panama Rose. This was yet another plant grown from a cutting while I lived in Rockhampton, and it moved with me. In Rockhampton it was one of the few hardy plants that could grow there. Soon after we moved in here I transplanted it on the south side of the garden where it has grown very well. I will try and take a few more cuttings once it finishes flowering so that I can put a couple in other spots in the garden.

6. Alstroemeria psittacina ‘Variegata’, or Peruvian lily, has variegated foliage which creates a beautiful contrast to adjacent plants. The plant completely dies down during summer, and starts sending new foliage from its tubers in autumn. I received a couple of tubers from a neighbour, who said she had had the plant for years and did not see it flower. As a foliage plant it is perfect!

That’s it for my contribution to this week’s Six on Saturday. Curious to see what is happening in other gardens around the world? Then head over to The Propagator’s blog for more information and links. Have a lovely gardening week!


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