Our sad news is that on Monday, Teacup departed for the Happy Hunting Ground. The antibiotics we were giving her did not work, and she succumbed to a form of wasting disease.
This week has been full of visits to Mr S’s daughter, partner and grandchildren who are holidaying close by, interspersed with lots of work, so any chance of trying the Nasturtium Pesto mentioned last week has fallen by the wayside. Hopefully we will get a chance to test the recipe this week.
And now it’s time for us to get started on this week’s Six on Saturday.
Firstly, two online plant orders arrived at the same time in the post on Monday, one from Tasmania and the other from Victoria. I ordered a variety of plants not available locally, such as Philadelphus mexicanus and P. grandaflorus, Vigna caracalla (Snail Vine), Artemesia Lambrook Silver, Cornus sericea flaviramea (yellow stem dogwood), and Viburnum plicatum lanarth. All these tiny plants have been potted up into larger pots to allow them to acclimatize and put on some new growth before being planted outside in the garden.
2. We have an abundance of Borage at the moment, but one plant in the back garden has a single pink flower along with the usual sky blue coloured flowers. Isn’t that unusual?
3. This is the first time I have seen a Topknot pigeon, and we managed to get one fairly clear photo of it as it feasted on the palm fruits in a neighbour’s garden. The birds are quite large, grey in colour and have a prominent rusty coloured crest. They are fruit eaters and inhabitants of rainforests.
As Monday is the start of the week long annual country wide Aussie Backyard Bird Count, we are hoping that the topknots are still around to be counted this year. The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is now into it’s 7th year. Participants have to register before the Bird Count, and can submit counts via the website or via the App. Each count period is only 20 minutes, with no limitation on the number of counts per day.
4. The flowers on the Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii, have finally opened! They are so unusual.
5. Last year I planted out many foxglove seedlings, some of which flowered in spring of that year. The few seedlings that remained and did not flower have just started flowering now.
6. The final one for the week is the lovely display of Queen Anne Lace and Dill flowers. The plants are almost 2 metres in height and give a lovely bold display. They are all nearing the end of their flowering life. These plants grew from a pollinator mix of seeds I grew in Autumn, but I found them to be remarkably free of any insects. Recently though I have noticed that a few small beetles have been visiting the flowers.
As usual, a special thank you is sent to The Propagator for allowing us to share our weekly Six on Saturdays. To find out more, please visit his blog!