Six on Saturday – W40/2020

It has been a warm week, with the thunderstorm that was predicted for Thursday afternoon fizzling out. One of our little chickens, Teacup, is not well and has lost a lot of body mass. She is on a 10-day course of antibiotics, and we are hoping that she will shows signs of improvement soon. In the garden plants are growing nicely and filling up all the available spaces with new shoots and leaves. My seedlings are almost ready to transplant into smaller pots where they will stay until they are strong enough to be planted out into the garden. The young plants I received from two online nurseries have been repotted and are all flourishing. This has encouraged me to place two more online orders for a few more plants. And now for this weeks Six on Saturday, with a special thank you to The Propagator for allowing us to share our weekly Six on Saturdays. To find out more, please visit his blog!

The first in this week’s Six is a beautiful Coleus I bought just prior to winter. I took a number of cuttings from it, and those that survived have been planted out into shady locations in the garden. They make great filler plants, and their colour draws the eye and shows off the adjacent foliage.


Secondly, another Hippeastrum. The white flowering ones have almost finished, and this one is the next in line to brighten the garden. It seems as if I only have one of these plants, while there must be about 5 white flowering plants.


Thirdly is a Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii, has sent up a few flower spikes, and I’m waiting impatiently for the buds to open. This is the first ever Kangaroo Paw I have grown, and it started off as a tube stock plant bought at a local farmers market in nearby Yandina.

In fourth place is the Brindabella rose ‘Eyes for You’. This is a floribunda rose, and is the first in the Eyeopener rose series from Brindabella.

Rosa Eyes for You

The lovely hardy succulent ground cover Lampranthus has just started to flower with delicate pink flowers. It is ideal for sunny positions. It should continue flowering right into summer.

The final plant for the week is Plectranthus tomentosa (I think!), a pretty hardy plant that grows readily in sun or semi-shade conditions. The flowers are rather pretty, and if you brush against the plant it releases a distinct aroma. It can form quite a dense clump, and is easily propagated from cuttings.

That is all from me for this week. To everyone, here’s wishing you happy gardening during the week!


  1. Again, a lovely Six selection! The last one is very striking. Is the distinct aroma a pleasant one? How’s the little chick doing?

    • The aroma is similar to some of the other aromatic Plectranthus, or Lantana. I’m having a hard time trying to aptly describe it. To me it is not unpleasant.

    • Teacup is still hanging in there. Sometimes she brightens up and goes off scratching again, other times she mopes. We hoping she might just get over her illness. The antibiotics did not really help here, unfortunately.

  2. coleus is a plant i like but cannot grow for toffee. i was lucky the first year i tried, grew several half-decent plants. since then? zip, nada, nowt, nuffink. either they don’t germinate or they do but damp off or succumb slightly later to neglect. perhaps i should buy a few plants and try to overwinter as cuttings, or indoors.

    • They are great foliage plants to have. When I lived in a cooler climate I battled to keep them going through out winter, and often replenished supplies by buying seedlings. Living in a warmer sub-tropical climate helps a lot as they just continue to exist during winter then flourish again come summer! I would think that a few plants as opposed to seed might be a good choice.

  3. “releases a distinct aroma” is the sort of thing that puts me on my guard, makes me think you’re perhaps not telling the whole story. I potted up some Hippeastrum on Friday, I wish I could grow them in the garden, it’d save all the faffing about needed to get them to flower again.

    • I have to confess that I could not describe that aroma very well, hence the vague description. It is quite a strong pungent smell, kind of minty, not sweet though, and strong. I don’t find it unpleasant. It reminds me of the smell of the Fynbos vegetation, or the of Lantana. Good luck with your Hippeastrums! I’m looking forward to seeing what colours you have.

  4. That is a beautiful coleus! Unusual rose, I expected to read it was some look-a-like to a rose!

  5. Lovely plants! Now I’m looking at my coleus and wondering if I should experiment with clippings to overwinter the particularly nice ones. Then again, it’s been a treat every spring to choose a new array of coleus and begonias.

  6. Poor Teacup – I hope she recovers.

    Every time someone on Six mentions ‘cuttings’ I regret not having taken any this year!

    The Hippeastrum is such a fabulous colour and I’m amazed at the Kangaroo Paw! Another completely ‘unknown-to-me’ plant. The colour of your rose is fabulous – I love that rich, dark centre, and the pretty little Lampranthus is equally lovely in colour and form.

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