About five years ago I bought five plants expecting them to thrive since they seem to survive in the most neglected gardens. They haven’t grown well, I think at least one is not much bigger than when I planted it but at last there is a flower on one and another flower spike forming. I presume this one isn’t fully opened yet.
This shot reminds me of a deer.
Also flowering at the moment is a self seeded Sunflower. I thought they all had black centres but apparently not.
Another flowering at the moment is a lovely little Bottlebrush, I find the buds fascinating.
.. and then there are the Salvias.
I’ve missed some but that’s enough anyway!
There have been some changes this month with a few varieties finishing their flowering and a couple of replacements. This past month we’ve had some days in the mid 30s C and others barely scraped into the teens.
These are what’s flowered this month.
According to the record keepers this Australian winter has been much drier than usual and there are certainly drought conditions in the eastern states. I wanted to make a comparison between the flowers this year and previous ones but I hadn’t posted any for September so this is going to be my starting point.
This month I’m only recording plants which haven’t had any supplemental watering since June.
By far the most successful plants at our place are Grevilleas so they get a gallery all to themselves. This year the shrubs are completely covered in flowers, the best they’ve ever been.
Some of the plants in the next gallery will get supplementary water as the weather heats up.
Now for what I consider weeds ie plants growing enthusiastically where I don’t want them!
Another month has gone by and there has still been no nice rain to refresh the plants. The Grey Box, Ruby Saltbush, stinky plant -whatever it is- and the Plumbago are the only plants that would have survived without watering.
This month has been a tough one for me and for the garden, some days were too hot for me to get out and water. The massive Gums send roots out everywhere to poach every little drop they can so many plants are sunburnt, some have shrivelled sections and some have died. I was surprised by how many flowers still managed to show their faces.
Portulaca – biclour
Not a flower – a succulent
Eremophila – Red Rod
Hibiscus – Summer Love
Portulaca – yellow
Calypso – miniature Rose
Not a flower -a succulent
Chameleon miniature Rose
New Guinea Impatiens
Portulaca – orange
Portulaca – pink
Portulaca – pale pink
Salvia – burgundy
Salvia – dark purple
Salvia – dark pink
Salvia – red
Salvia – violet
Seriously Stressed Sunflower