Six on Saturday – W3/2021 – A scorcher!

After a mild to warm week, today dawned bright, but with a haze that suggested it was going to be a scorcher of a day. It is now almost midday, and it IS scorching outside! I am staying inside until it cools down! Not only will the heat wilt the plants, but the light will give any photos I take a very harsh look to them. I will sit it out for a while and take the camera out during the late afternoon to take some photos!

Midweek I wandered outside and discovered this very large gilled mushroom growing in a rose container next to Rosa Blossomtime. Today when I walked past the container the entire mushroom had been reduced to a black mass! Here are the before and after shots of it.

The Angel’s Trumpet, Brugmansia, is delighting us again with its delicate pink flowers. It always puts on a lovely show.

Grevillea Formosa x Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’ ‘Golden Lyre’ has sent out long slender branches, which have flower buds on the ends. It looks as if we are going to be in for a wonderful show when the buds open!

A pretty dragonfly, tentatively identified as a carnivorous Wandering Percher, was flitting around the garden this afternoon. It has a thin red abdomen with black markings.

Rosa mutabilis never ceases to amaze! It is easily grown from cuttings, and develops quickly into a strong growing bush, covered in flowers. It blooms a number of times during the season.

A cane Begonia, not sure of the variety as it was already growing in the garden when we moved in. It is growing under a Tibouchina tree. The flowers are a lovely white with pinkish tinges to it. This particular plant is around 1 metre in height. If you look carefully at the flowers you notice that there are clusters of male flowers, and other clusters of female flowers at the ends of the canes. The plant is monoecious.

This photo shows a cluster of female flowers
The male flowers to the right and higher are smaller and have lots of stamens, while the female flowers are larger with an inferior ovary and up to four twisted stigmas
The female flowers to the right and the male flowers are to the left in this photo

That’s is all from the garden for this week. I’m off to peep at other gardens, care of The Propagator. Wishing everyone a good gardening week!

21 comments

  1. So lovely to see such exotic plants. I used to grow Tibouchina as a house plant but think it needed more light.

    • My experience with Tibouchina is that they love the heat! While pruning the trees one year a couple of leaves fell down between my shirt and the skin on my back. Boy was that itchy! In fact, I ended up with at least 8 silica spines in my back from the leaves which had to be tweezered out!

  2. Goodness, what happened to the mushroom- dit it melt in the heat? The Angel’s Trumpet is a beautiful. I am sure we have them here but they are a shrub.

    • It certainly looks that way, doesn’t it? These mushrooms usually just disintegrate and turn to mush when their life cycle is complete. The angel trumpets are shrubs here too, but mine have not been in the ground all that long, so they are still small. The flowers look so delicate!

  3. The pale pink blush of the brugmansia is lovely. Very, very interested in this Grevillea. The foliage is striking. The simple flowers of rosa mutabilis are to my liking. I very much prefer the more wild looking roses over those that appear highly cultivated. I have a nutka and rugosa coming my way this spring. The cane begonia’s flowers are so complex, yet delicate. Thank you for sharing!

    • I have found that the older type of roses seem to do well in my garden, and whenever I try to plant the newer varieties their growth is pitiful. I have not heard of a nutka rose, so will look it up, and look forward to seeing it.

  4. Agree, the Brugmansia is a stunner. I like the delicacy of the rose too. What a strange thing to happen to that mushroom! I’m half way through a book about fungi, I wonder if it’s released it’s spores and then just collapsed, having served its reproductive purpose, or maybe it was prompted by the heat? Either way, it means your soil is alive and healthy!

    • Some mushrooms just turn into mush when they have completed their lifecycle, and the spores are released. The Ink Caps are really interesting to watch as they just become this mass of black liquid.

    • As I was posting, I realized that the flowers looked different and wondered why, so I did a bit of quick research and read about them being separate male and female flowers. I need to be more observant when I’m out and about in the garden!

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