The seasons are melding into each other, the days are mellow, the leaves are colouring and falling, and the nights are cool! We’re on the way to winter!
It has been yet another busy gardening week, with the focus on the vegetable garden and restoring the Banksia arch. We bought 30 bags of mushroom compost which will be used to enrich the soil in the vegetable garden. After a busy week it will be good to unwind, and what better way to do so than to take a look to see what all the other Six on Saturday bloggers are doing, via the comments section of the ‘The Propagator’s’ blog. It is really worth a visit!
In first place is the dainty pink flowers of the tall (2.5 to 3m tall) tree dahlia, Dahlia excelsia, are finally on show! I love their colour and simplicity, and the bees definitely love visiting the flowers!
2. Another favourite of mine that is in its third year of growth is the Dombeya. It has become a little leggy, but it is covered with buds at the tips of its branches. The flowers are just beginning to open, and the bees are now scurrying between the pink dahlia and the white Dombeya! The leaves of the Dombeya are covered in very fine hairs. The other morning the condensation on the leaves gave the appearance of a frosty layer – see featured photo for the week.
3. This was a surprise! Initially I thought it was a yellow flowering Salvia, so I was very surprised when I saw tiny pink buds appear at the ends of the very lanky stems. The open flowers form a dense cluster along the end of the stems. This is Salvia iodantha, flowering for the first time, and was grown from one of many cuttings given to me by a lovely local lady who had the most amazing garden.
The marigolds, Tagetes sp. in the vegetable garden are looking spectacular at the moment, but Mr S needed the space for winter crops. Not sure if the large plants would survive transplanting, he dug them up and I cut them back quite severely and repotted them into ceramic pots. They drooped a little initially but since then have started looking good again. They certainly provide a lovely splash of bold colour in the garden.
There is another flush of flowers on the Golden Lyre Grevillea, Grevillea formosa x G. ‘Honey Gem’ ‘Golden Lyre’, while the seeds from the previous flowers are still forming. The yellow stigma and style are still prominent at the tip of each seed.
For my final Six of today, I have to show you the little bagworm that has been steadily moving around my Polyanthus rose. The worm lives inside this protective casing made of twigs bound together with silk threads, and carries its protection with it when it moves around. It definitely can’t be easy moving amongst the thorns with this heavy protection! The photo was taken after the heavy rain and the casing looks decidedly wet.
That is all from me for this week, and I will be keen to see what is happening in other gardens, especially those in the Northern Hemisphere where it is spring!