Six on Saturday – W38/2021 – Filling up with colour

September is a great time of year in the Southern Hemisphere as the garden becomes nature’s canvas and gradually fills up with colours popping up all over.

With so much colour appearing, this week’s choice of six became difficult. Why six, you ask? Well, I’m taking part in the weekly ‘Six on Saturday’, hosted by the Propagator. Pop over to his latest post to see what is happening in his corner of the UK, and find the links to other Six’s posts in the comments section. Better still, why not join in?

First up is a Kalanchoe, with salmon coloured bell shaped flowers and mauve-pink calyces. This small succulent is growing in a pocket of soil next to a large yellow sun-loving bromeliad at the entrance to the garden. It only flowers in spring.

2. The native mint bush, Prostanthera nivea, is flowering again. It has tiny white flowers in amongst delicate foliage, and is growing well in the garden next to a bottlebrush tree, Callistemon.

3. This particular Clivia miniata has flower buds and berries on it at the same time. Normally at this time of year the plant flowers, but in this case the seed heads from a previous flowering are still in evidence alongside the emerging flower.

4. The highlight of the week is the blossoming of the purple mist bush Batrlettina sordida (syn. Eupatorium megalophyllum) . I have three of these shrubs in the garden, and the bees can not get enough of the flowers. They busily flit across the flower heads in a frenzy, and the pollen baskets on their hind legs are full of white pollen can be clearly seen in the photos below.

5. Looking towards the road, the beautiful blue spires of the Echium (Pride of Madera) are eye catching! This particular plant was given to me by a local lady when I had admired her plant a couple of years ago, and she happily shared one of her cuttings with me. It is starting to look majestic!

Purple mist bush, pink Pelargonium, yellow variegated Abelia, golden bromeliad, and blue Echium, all against a backdrop of white May bush, Spirea.

6. This final offering for the week is this unknown little plant. Does anyone know what it is? It was given to me by a local, and I thought it was a tuberose, but after looking that up I decided otherwise. It appears and flowers in spring, about 7 inches in height, then dies back until the following spring. Whatever it is, it is very pretty indeed!

That is my six for this week! I will have more spring flowers to show you next week! In the meantime I hope you all have an enjoyable gardening week!

15 comments

  1. A gorgeous selection this week, such striking colours for spring. I’m taken with the dainty little kalanchoe. I think that’s a house plant here but I doubt it ever flowers.

    • Thanks Sel. It’s always easier to select a ‘six’ during the growing season. I agree with you about the Kalanchoe flowers! They are such an unusual colour combination too.

  2. Your Eupatorium is much nicer than mine! I once had a mint bush but like so many plants it succumbed to the wet one winter. Echiums are very common around here, often the giant ones! Bees love them. I would have said your mystery plant was an onion too – looks very much like my native three cornered leek. Does it smell like onion? Have you tried pulling one up carefully to see if it is a bulb?

    • I like the idea of giant Echiums, and saw one in one of Graham’s recent posts. They must be magnificent! The mystery plant does not smell like an onion at all. That’s a good idea about checking to see if it is a bulb or not. I think I have a lone plant in a pot, so I could easily check that. In fact, I should take that little potted plant to the local nursery for identification! Thanks Jude!

  3. It’s so strange to me that as you embrace spring, it’s the beginning of fall here in North Carolina, USA. I’m seeing mums and pansies for sale In the garden centers. Many of my summer flowers have peaked, although my hardy begonias are still going strong and will last until the first frost sometime near the end of October. Enjoy your spring and summer.

    • It is such a gorgeous blue! I noticed that my initial photos of the spires were much paler in colour, but somehow with the yellow background, the blue colour was much deeper. Sometimes taking photos of the true colour of flowers can be frustrating.

  4. You have a lovely colourful display, what a fantastic spring it is shaping up to be. My mint Bush is not flowering yet you must be slightly ahead of our area. The purple mist Bush is a new one to me, it looks like a must have for the bees. I grew those stunning Echiums in NZ and didn’t think they would like our humidity, I must try them too… I have a plant identifier app on my phone, you use it to take a photo of the unknown plant and it will tell you what it is.i find it very useful.

    • I think the purple mist bush can be invasive (I believe it is related to Ageratum, the small purple weed that is flowering at the moment), and I remove the spent flowers before they form seeds. I have noticed a few Echium in local gardens, so hopefully you will be able to grow one. I used a plant identifying app, but gave up on it when it incorrectly identified plants for me. I might just try one of the other apps.

  5. Lovely selection of flowers, especially the purple mist Bush which I have never seen before. I have always wanted an echidna, but they don’t like frost so it’s a no-no for me. I’m not sure, but your mystery plant looks an awful lot like onion weed to me. I could be wrong…it is perhaps some lovely spring bulb I’ve never seen before. If it’s onion weed, it will spread everywhere.

    • Thanks Jane! The mist bush is gorgeous, but I have to cut off the spent flowers to stop it seeding everywhere. What a pity you cannot grow the Echium. The unknown plant is not an onion weed. I have plenty of that weed in the garden which I am trying to eradicate, and not having much success at doing so. Hopefully someone will be able to ID it.

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