Six on Saturday – W46 – Pottering along

A heat wave for Queensland has been predicted for the next few days. I will be in the garden only in the very early and late parts of the day, chilling inside during the heat of the day. This week’s Six is all about visits from King Parrots and a young python, the nearly completed pergola, and a couple flowering beauties in the garden.

  1. On the look out for cherry tomatoes are the King Parrots! The adults visit on a regular basis, looking for peas and tomatoes, and they are now accompanied by their fledglings who will learn the tricks of the trade.
Adult male King Parrot
Juvenile King Parrot, lacking the scarlet colouring of the adults

2. The potting shed. I have small shed where I store my plant pots, planting media and tools. A couple of weeks ago I found some of my pots on the floor. I picked them up and restacked them on the bench, thinking that they had possibly overbalanced and fallen down. A couple of days ago Mr S went into the shed and noticed that there were quite a few pots on the ground, some broken pots and the charcoal I use to repot orchids was scattered on the floor.

The mystery was instantly solved when he noticed that there was a very young carpet snake (python) curled up and sleeping where the pots had been! The carpet snakes (pythons) are nocturnal creatures, on the move and hunting for food at night, and sleeping during the day.

We scouted around and discovered a small hole at ground level, which explained how the carpet snake had managed to get into the shed. Pythons are generally harmless and most people tend to leave them be. On peeking inside the shed this morning we noticed that the python was no longer in the shed, but had moved on within its territory.

3. The pergola. We began this project last Friday, and it is almost complete. The next step involves purchasing some weld-mesh for the sides and roof, and planting climbers. I have a wisteria that I grew from a cutting which will go on one side of the pergola. I am still trying to decide what other climbers I will plant.

Under construction – the new pergola

4. Day lily, Hemerocallis – an unknown variety – is full of buds and is a lovely burgundy colour.

5. New Guinea Banana hybrid, Musa sp. Mr S harvested a bunch of bananas a couple of weeks ago, and hung it in the shed to mature. The bananas are slowly ripening, and we harvest them individually from the bunch as they ripen.

6. Another colourful perennial that is flowering is this Pelargonium – an unknown variety – which was bought at a garage sale. It is growing in a pot near the front entrance to the house.

That is my Six on Saturday for the week. Feel like joining us as we tour through other gardens around the world, care of The Propagator. It is easy to join in! Visit his blog.

15 comments

  1. I have plans for a pergola next spring. Yours is looking well,added to by having a seat beyond. It is a seat, I think? Hope you had an enjoyable week in the garden.

  2. What an unusual and evidently rather clumsy visitor to the potting shed! Those king parrots are spectacular. I hope you also get to enjoy some tomatoes and peas?

  3. I remember being wowed by Petrea volubilis and Thunbergia mysorensis at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. Does Bomarea multiflora grow well in your part of the world. We can’t even grow these exotic climbers inside for lack of the space needed.

    • I have just looked up Bomarea multiflora and WOW! It is beautiful! However, it appears that it is considered invasive, so I don’t think I will be able to grow one in this area, especially as we almost border on the National Park. I have not visited the Maleny Botanic Gardens since 2016…..I need to plan another visit there. I have been there once but it was during summer. I can’t remember seeing the Thunbergia mysorensis there, but have seen it previously in Tzaneen. So many plants….so little space!

  4. What I really love about your blog, is that one moment all is exotic and unfamiliar (king parrots and pythons), the next you mention wisteria and pelargoniums, plants I am very familiar with. Wonderful!

  5. It must be nice to have such brightly coloured birds visit your garden! Or perhaps not, if they’re eating your lovingly-grown produce! A python in the shed – I’d be going in there with extreme caution forevermore.

    I’m so envious of your lovely pergola, and I’m looking forward to seeing it covered in flowers. Good luck with your choices.

    You grow bananas too? Life is so different in a warm (hot!) country. At least I can say that I have pelargoniums too – and mine are still flowering – though weakly and will be tucked up in the greenhouse by this time next week. Enjoy your weekend!

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