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!
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!