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.