Six on Saturday – W30/2020 – Some rain and cold, and the Baza

We had some rainy and cold days this week. Every now and again the sun peeped out, but quickly disappeared again behind the cloud. I managed to get a few things done in the garden, and a quick trip to the local nursery saw me adding a beautiful Verbena (featured photo) and a Quisqualis ‘Jessie’s Star’ with white flowers to my collection. And now its time for this weeks Six on Saturday!

First of the Six for this week are the pelargoniums. They have just started blooming and brighten up the wintery garden with their colours.

I have featured both the white and the pink Dombeya before. I’m pleased to see that the slower growing pink Dombeya is flowering again. The flowers of the pink one do not seem to open as fully as the white flowers, and they certainly do not seem to attract as many bees as the white one does.

After all the rain this week the Calendulas are looking good again. I hope that the plants do not succumb to powdery mildew as some did a couple of weeks ago. A huge miscalculation on my part this year was to not sow enough Calendula seed. I will miss all that bright cheerful colour in the garden this spring!

Number four this week is the variegated sedge, Carex ‘Feather Falls’. It has grown very well over the past few months where I planted it out near the dry riverbed. It surprised me by producing a few unusual looking feathery flower spikes.

During the middle of the week the garden became very noisy! The Noisy Miners and Butcher Birds were flitting around in the tall gumtrees across the road, and were loudly calling, warning all around of an intruder! Well, two actually. When I went outside to see what the noise was about, I noticed an eagle swooping lazily in and out of the trees, with smaller birds (the Mickeys) in hot pursuit! As there were two birds I initially suspected they were looking for a nesting site. Persistence by the little birds paid off and today has been remarkably quite, and all are going about their normal business again.

A Pacific Baza in flight
Pacific Baza – the yellow eye is one of its characteristic features

The Pacific Baza has a short crest on its head, bars on its belly, and the thighs and vent are a rufous colour. Its diet consists of stick insects, mantids, frogs and small reptiles.

Pacific Baza

In a previous Six on Saturday – Week 23 – I photographed a spider egg case which was attached to the back of a bromeliad leaf. Well, the eggs finally hatched, last week in fact, and the teeny spiders are out and about, hoping not to be eaten! Many have moved around to the top side of the leaf.

Little spiders on the top side of the bromeliad leaf
The spider egg case on the underside of the bromeliad leaf. Most of the little spiders had crawled to the top side of the leaf.

That is my Six on Saturday for this week. I’ll be doing an armchair tour of the Six on Saturday gardens world wide! If you pop over to the mastermind of this pastime, The Propagator, you too can enjoy seeing what is happening in their gardens. Have a wonderful gardening week!

7 comments

  1. The baza looks pretty amazing, but then all birds of prey do. The fearlessness of little birds chasing them is just as impressive though. Must have been quite a racket, Aussie birds are good at being loud.

  2. I miss having bright zonal geraniums, but they would have to be annuals here, and that just doesn’t do them justice.

  3. Lovely calendula. I only started growing it last year. It does add some orange and yellow cheer to the garden. A few of mine have mildew though. We’ve had a some baby spiders hatch in the hallway. I’m gradually setting them free outdoors.

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