Happy New Year wishes to everyone! I’m sure we are all hoping that this new year will be an improvement on 2020!
Let us begin 2021 on a cheerful note! I wandered around the garden this morning, dodging a short shower and looking for some cheering things. This is what I found!
Firstly, some stunning foliage from two Coleus plants. The pinkish one was bought locally at a market, and is delightfully colourful! I’ve featured it before, but can not help sharing it with you again. The second one is a gorgeous yellow. Within the next couple of months I will be propagating more of both plants from cuttings.
2. This Eucomis is looking spectacular! It is a shade loving plant and is growing in a pot and doing very well. I have another Eucomis plant with a long flowering spike, but the tiny flowers have not opened as yet.
3. This Hibiscus has put on a show this summer. It is a beautiful single pink, opening to about the size of a hand. It is growing in the shade of a Tibouchina tree, and luckily seems to be surviving despite the dense root growth of the tree.
4. Another leek flower has opened, bringing joy to us. There are usually some larger black ants to be seen on the flowers.
5. The Echinacea is looking spectacular with some purple Polygala behind it.
6. We have been graced with the very cheerful sound of happy Rainbow Lorikeets who are engaged in a feeding frenzy on the Eucalyptus trees across the road. Every now and then a flock of twenty or so birds will take off chattering and calling out loudly to each other. They dive down from the immensely tall trees and swoop off into the distance. The Eucalyptus flowers have provided food to birds and flying foxes for a couple of week’s already.
I’m looking forward to seeing what delights other gardeners find in their gardens today. This is made possible by visiting The Propagator’s ‘Six on Saturday’ and following the links to other contributors in the comments section! There is enough reading there to keep you happy for hours! Until next Saturday, happy gardening, and stay safe.