Six on Saturday – W2/2021 – A drizzly day for flowers

Today is overcast and wet. The light rainfall is continuous, and as there is a cool breeze blowing it is quite chilly outside. This is in stark contrast to the weather we had at the beginning of the week, when it was hot and humid. I much prefer todays weather to the hot and humid conditions! As it is soggy out in the garden, I have taken most of this weeks Six photos from the safety of the front verandah!

First off, I have to confess that in a (another) moment of weakness while at Bunnings, I succumbed to buying two roses, and an ornamental ginger. The climbing rose is Cecile Brunner, and it has already been planted next to the new pergola, where it will hopefully cover the post nearest the house. It has a sweet spicy fragrance.

2. The second rose is a perfumed heritage shrub rose, Perle D’Or, which I am hoping will do well in the southern most border, which is looking quite bleak and bare at the moment. The flowers are small, apricot in colour with light pink shades.

3. The flowering ginger is looking spectacular, despite a little rain damage to its petals. The display of gingers at the shop was spectacular, and it was hard to choose between this variety and the Dragon Gingers. I opted for colour impact! This healthy plant already has two pups, and is a Curcuma hybrid, Siam Shadow. The blooms are reported to last for up to three months!

4. Sticking with the pink flowers, the next is Aechmea fasciata, a silver and green leaf bromeliad which produces a spectacular pink flower head from which blue flowers emerge. I had to peep through the other foliage in the border in order to take this photo.

5. Alongside the Aechmea is a snake lily, Amorphophallus, possibly the species dunnii, which I have yet to verify. The stem of this bulbous plant is very attractive, with its patterns of green and white. One stem per season is produced by the bulb, which grows tall and has 3 or 4 leaves arising from the end point. Tiny bulbs develop from the leaf stalks, and these drop off when the plant dies back in autumn, and grow into new plants. The flower is a white arum-like flower, which is produced by a mature bulb.

Finally, another bromeliad, Aechmea blanchetiana, which unlike most bromeliads, tolerates sun. The leaves of this plant are yellow/orange in colour, and the depth of the colour depends on the amount of sun they receive during the day. They send out a very pretty yellow and red flower stalk, which lasts for months. The flower emerges from the central ‘vase’ of the plant.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the weekly Six on Saturday. Links to other gardening blogs can be found in the comment section of his posts.


  1. I love looking at your plants! They are soooooooo exotic looking! I want a ginger in my garden…….my neighbor has one that is about twenty feet tall and you can smell its fragrance before you ever see it in her garden!

    • I have a similar reaction to your Northern Hemisphere plants! Gosh that is wonderful growth for a ginger plant, and if your neighbour can grow one them I’m sure they will do well in your garden. It will be interesting to hear whether she created a microclimate for it.

  2. I bought my parents three Perle d’Or roses for their Pearl wedding anniversary and they are lovely indeed.

    • What a lovely thought! Your parents must have been thrilled with their gift (as I have not seen a bloom yet, I’m going on the description on the label!). I do love the old fashioned/heritage roses.

  3. What gorgeous photos and flowers. Great choice on the roses. I have both of them in the garden and they are lovely. The perle d’or took a little while to get going but that was probably just my poor soil. Enjoy them.

    • I have received such positive feedback regarding my choice of roses, and I am really looking forward to the plants growing and start producing their fragrant flowers.

  4. All those plants are right up my street. I have an aechmea which stays in the greenhouse and is doing very well but I managed to kill my amorphophallus. Yours looks fabulous!

  5. I guess the upside of the rain you have been having is that all your plants look lush! They are clearly enjoying it. The yellow and red flower stalk of the Aechmea blanchetiana is striking, and I love that wispy foliage around it.

    • Everything is looking remarkably green, but we definitely do need a couple of sunny days to dry things out. The wispy foliage belongs to Grevillea ‘Flamingo’, and you can see one of its pretty pink flowers in the photo.

  6. You will love those two roses. I have grown them in the past, the blooms are small but perfectly shaped, the ideal buttonhole size.

  7. The flowering ginger is spectacular. Any plant that flowers for months is a winner with me! I’m afraid the snake lily would scare me to death if I saw its stem out of the corner of my eye. I’m keen to see its flower when it occurs.
    You certainly have had a lot of rain up there… more than enough for the time being, I guess.

  8. That ginger is a stunner and the Aechmea blanchetiana really interesting. I’ve grown Perle D’Or before, it is lovely shrub, full of flower. Keep being tempted!

    • Oh I do love encouragement!! Thank you! I doubt if I will ever stop being tempted with new plants! Good to hear that the Perle is a lovely shrub. I can’t wait for it to flower!

  9. So uplifting to see summer colour! It’s so cold and dreary here, your exotic plants are a real tonic

    • I think both hemispheres cheer each other up during their respective winters, as I know I look forward to seeing the northern hemisphere spring and summer flowers during our winters here!

  10. Happy Saturday, a chara. You are so very good to spend time pooping through shrubs to get photographs for us, and I for one appreciate your efforts.
    Indeed, the stem of Snake Lily is beautiful. I did wonder why the first picture has no fern-like leaves attached and the second one does! That was extremely clever photography.

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