This week I discovered a local online nursery that supplies plants mainly as tubestock. I ordered six new hedging shrubs, mainly to provide fill some of the gaps around the perimeter of the garden, and as a local I was able to opt for collection from the nursery. The plants are incredibly healthy, and if I can plant them out this week then it will not be long before they have a growth spurt!
This week’s Six on Saturday is a bit of a mixed bag. Here goes…..
- The Tibouchina mutalibis ‘Chameleon’ trees are flowering in the garden and are looking magnificent! One is located at the southern tip of the garden marks the corner post of our boundary. The other is on the northern side of the garden, and both are providing a colourful backdrop to the garden.
2. Dahlia excelsia, the pink tree dahlia is growing vigorously, and is already as high as the posts. I will be using these two posts and some wire to provide support for the dahlia as it continues to grow. Last season I forgot to support it and it fell over into the dry river bed, and took over twice as much garden space than it should have. The orange kangaroo paws behind the post are still flowering.
3. A bromeliad that was given by a lovely lady who owns a bromeliad nursery is flowering. It is a lovely blue colour.
4. Last season I purchased a miniature red hot poker (Kniphofia ‘Poco Yellow’). The stock plants got mixed up, and as the online nursery could not guarantee the yellow colour, they offered to either supply two plants (colours unknown) or wait until the yellow one was available. I opted for two plants. One is flowering and it is a lovely burnt orange in colour. Perhaps the second plant will have yellow flowers? The entire plant is only about 2 inches high.
5. I featured the tiny native orchids, Spiranthes sinensis, in a previous blog. I initially discovered these little plants growing in the front lawn, and marked each of them with a circle of white stones. Once they had finished flowering I dug them up and planted them in the corner of one of the garden beds. Last year there were at least 6 flowering plants. This year only three. A couple more have appeared with some of the pot plants. Because the leaves of this tiny orchid look similar to the leaves of the buffalo grass, I have decided that they will probably flourish better in their own pot rather than in the garden bed.
6. Finally, the Jammy Mouth, Ruttya fruticose, has a second flush of flowers. An unusual flower indeed, but it is obvious why it is called ‘jammy mouth’! The bush is upright, wiry looking, and around 2m in height.
Try as I might I never seem to be able to read all the Six on Saturdays during the weekend. Which is good as it means I can spend more time going through each post. It is my salvation during the week! If you would like to participate, or read about what is happening in other gardens around the world, then please visit The Propagator and be inspired!