It is getting steadily warmer, and on Friday (yesterday) it reached 30 degrees C. The sun had quite a bite to it. The increasing temperatures are spurring on new growth in some plants, whilst other are flowering, such as the Alstroemeria and Hippeastrum. This week we will start with the Hippies!
I have featured some of the earlier flowering Hippeastrum in recent Six on Saturdays, and this week two other varieties have open flowers. I decided to show all the varieties of Hippies we have in the garden. Unfortunately I do not know their variety names.
Second in line this week is the Nasturtium, which has been growing rampantly through the back garden, even running through the fence and climbing up into the neighbours hedging plants. They keep throwing out bright and beautiful flowers so you tend to forgive them for their boisterousness! This week we had to remove a lot of the Nasturtium to prepare the area for planting pumpkin and sweet potato seedlings. It appears that the leaves, flowers and seeds are edible, and we decided to harvest the seeds and try and pickle them as a caper substitute. Following an online recipe online, the seeds were soaked them in brine for a couple of days. Luckily the recipe warned us of the terrible smell that would come out of the bottle when the lid was removed! YUK!!! This sulphurous smell is supposedly normal, but has no effect on the taste of the seeds at all. The nasturtium seeds are bottled in pickling sauce and we will taste some this weekend. Mr S has since discovered a new recipe to try, one for Nasturtium pesto, which is made using the leaves.
We received this beautiful Grevillea ‘Elegance’ (G. longistyla x G. johnsonii) as a gift, and it was planted into the front garden this week. According to the label is is an ‘highly ornamental Australian native shrub producing masses of vibrant pink bird attracting flowers’. It grows 3m tall and 2m wide, and has a weeping habit. I have planted close to the dry river bed.
The Metrosideros always looks ‘down’ at this time of year, as it starts to drop its leaves and looks as if it has die back. However, it is still flowering, a little behind all the other Metrosideros in the region. The nectar loving birds are happily visiting this plant now that the Callistemon (Bottlebrush) flowering period is ending.
This little Petunia, Petunia x hybrida ‘Shock Wave Pink Ice’ has suddenly had a growth spurt and has grown in amongst the couple of large Aeonium arboretum ‘Velour’. Although not planned, I think the colour combination looks great!
The final one for today is the Alstroemeria aurea, another great find from a garage sale! The beautiful yellow flowers are bright and cheerful. The second Alstroemeria hybrid however is looking pretty battered, no doubt the flowers being appreciated by S & S brigade!
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!