We have had a couple of warm days this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s. It is great to work outside in this weather – no dreadful heat and humidity, no mosquitoes – and we are making the most of it while we can. The garden is starting to fill out again, with new growth appearing on most plants. And of course there is more colour! Let us go for a stroll.
1 I almost missed the flowering Dendrobium orchid! This epiphytic orchid is growing on a short branch we had to remove from a Tibouchina tree a couple of years ago. It is doing well, hanging in the shade of another Tibouchina.
2. The most striking plant in the garden this week is this Callistemon. This bottlebrush was planted around 3 years ago, and is looking it’s best yet. I love the golden tipped anthers in the ‘brushes’.
3. The Amaryllis hippeastrum are slowly opening, and more whites and a variegated red flower opened this week. The bulbs I picked up for free from a neighbour and planted a few weeks ago are just starting to send out new leaves. No flowers from them this year, but hopefully they will flower next year.
4. I could not resist including this tree fern frond in this weeks six, as it was looking lovely with the sun shining through it. It provides a natural umbrella over a path near the tap.
5. The small cluster of fairy primula Primula malacoides is coming to the end of its flowering season. I will definitely plant more of these annuals next year.
6. The final one for this week is a lovely magenta Azalea. This small bush is growing in amongst the pale pink flowering Azalea, and as the pale flowers fade it come to the fore and steals the show!
Now that my Six is done for this week, I’m going to take a look at all the other Six’s posts, care of the Propagator! Why not take a look too!