Almost too late! I missed posting this on my Saturday …… then realised that it is still Saturday in USA….. so here goes …..
Yes! It is definitely getting warmer! The countryside has large patches of bright green where new leaves are sprouting on the deciduous trees. The reptiles are out (no snakes in this week’s 6!), and more plants are flowering. My Kangaroo Paw is full of buds, and as this is the first time I have successfully grown one, I can’t wait for the buds to open! Let’s get started with this week’s Six.
First up is Albuca acuminata, a bulb, and one I featured around this time last year (Six on Saturday W38/2019). The plant is over a year old. It flowers in spring, producing these delicate little bell flowers that hang downwards. The leaves die back at the end of summer. This plant grows in a pot with a better soil mix in it to prevent the bulb rotting during periods of heavy rainfall.
Second in today’s Six is a beautiful succulent, genus and species unknown, which is flowering. The colour of the foliage is unusual, and I think I acquired this plant from a garage sale. It lives in a darling little pot on top our air-conditioning unit and seems to survive quite happily there despite being in full sun for most of the day in summer. Does someone know what the genus and species of this plant is?
Third up is a reptile, and NOT a snake!!! It is a immature Eastern water dragon, Intellagama lesueurii. It was spotted in one of the vegetable beds, trying to look inconspicuous, and almost succeeding! Their colouring makes them blend in very well with their surroundings. Despite us moving around it to try and get a good photo of it, it remained absolutely still (one of their characteristics). They have incredibly long tails, and long toes on their rear legs. The little plant next to it is a young aubergine / brinjal / eggplant seedling, which provides an idea of the size of the little dragon. The dragons are normally found near water, and often rest on tree branches above water. If disturbed they plop into the water and can remain at the bottom underwater for an hour – a great adaption allowing them to escape from predators.
In fourth place is a pest, on the young shoots of my Blossomtime rose! Aphids! These will be dealt with shortly!
Fifth place goes to the Velthelmia, I now have two plants, one of which I bought last month at a garage sale. The original plant has not seeds developing on the flower spike, while the new plant shows really good seed development. Despite all the pollinators I have encouraged into the garden it seems that the one needed for these plants is absent! Hopefully next year will be different.
Finally for this week is a Begonia, which was in the garden when we moved in. It exists in the shade on the hottest northern side of the house. The leaves have a beautiful pattern, being a dark trim around the edges of the leaves. The flowers are a lovely pink colour, and are enjoyed by the tiny native bees. This is yet another plant I do not know the species name. Any ideas?
Thanks to The Propagator for allowing us to share our weekly Six on Saturdays. To find out more, please visit his blog.
Happy gardening week!