After a busy week at work preparing for Easter weekend guests, it is a relief to have at least a couple of days off to recharge. Today’s reprieve was in part due to Mr S, who having returned from a visit to his daughter and family, discovered he had picked up the head cold from them! However, because the Greater Brisbane area had gone into a three day COVID lockdown on Monday, he erred on the side of caution and went for a COVID-19 test. He was told to isolate until his results came through, and as he was isolating I had to isolate too, hence the couple of days off! Thankfully he has been given the all clear. Thankfully too Brisbane was out of lockdown just in time for the long Easter weekend.
After all the rush of the past week it is time to slow down a little and prepare this week’s Six on Saturday, kindly hosted by The Propagator. Links to other gardening delights can be found in the comments section of his posts.
I decided to start this week’s Six with the bat plants, Tacca chantrieri. I was thrilled to see that both my black bat plants are now flowering well and looking splendid! They did really poorly last year, but they have recovered well this year, which might be the result of the excessive rainfall we have had this year. Both of these plants are growing in large pots.
2. This little Rudbeckia has just started to flower, and the contrast between the bright yellow petals and the dark centre of the flower is stunning, all the more so as it is the first Rudbeckia I have grown.
3. The Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, always looks great at this time of the year (autumn). The bush has an open look about it, and all the growth you can see, all +3m of it, is this season’s growth. In winter/ spring the plant will be pruned back close to the ground. The white flowers are the newest, and within a day the flower changes to a pink colour, and the petals shrivel.
4. Do you remember the New Guinea Impatient from Week 11? The one that had been chewed by the very voracious caterpillars? Well, 3 weeks later it is covered in new leaves again!
5. Now this little shrub of about a metre in height in height is flowering prolifically in the garden at this time of year. The dainty little pink bells of Strobilanthes cusia are produced in profusion on the plant. This plant is easily propagated from cuttings.
6. The final one for this week’s Six is the Brazilian Cloak Plant, Megaskepasma erythrochlamys, is adding a bright patch of colour to the corner next to the Rose of Sharon. The colourful and showy bracts are quite spectacular, and in both photos you can see the little white flowers peering out from the bracts.
Well, that’s it from me for this week’s Six! Wishing you all a wonderful gardening week ahead. Happy Easter!