I have had several attempts at growing a desert rose (Adenium obesium). I have killed two with kindness, which was cruelly neglect, leaving them where they received drenching winter rain, which they didn’t like at all. I keep my third attempt away from the rain and only give it a little bit of water every couple of weeks. I have been rewarded with flowers an better yet, a seed pod!
Apparently the seeds are like dandelion seeds. I think I will put a plastic bag over the seed pod so they don’t blow away while I’m not looking.
The last few years I have been away in September/October and have missed my Japanese iris flowering. This year they have gotten in very early, flowering in early May!! I don’t know if this is climate change but it is very odd. The tropical water lilies are still flowering but I have come to expect this; they are hardly dormant for any time at all and cease flowering for only a month or so!
- early Japanese irises
- irises against the pond waterwall
My autumn cyclamens, Cyclamen hederifolium, and cattleya orchids have continued to thrive under the shelter of the mulberry tree, the only place in my garden providing a “woodland environment”. I wish I could have a carpet of cyclamens as in some English gardens, but I should be grateful I can grow them at all in coastal Perth! I think I have a seed pod on one plant. I was reading an article in the Mediterranean Garden Society newsletter that described the stems spiralling around seed pods and realised I have one!
- Autumn cyclamen with a seed pod
- Blooming cattleya
- under the mulberry and frangipani
The beautiful Salvia madrensis (Forsythia sage) originating in Mexico is a new flower in my garden this autumn. It is spectacular on stems 1.5 -2 m tall, although it is a bit leggy as I have allowed the large shrub behind it to grow too large and shade it. I will cut it back to the ground after flowering and take a firm hand to the Montanoa grandiflora!
- A wonderful highlight
- a splash of yellow
My Hakea laurina (pincushion hakea) is simply stunning this year. I took this photo from the upstairs verandah and the gorgeous site greets me every morning from the kitchen window. Such a fantastic small tree for the garden! The birds and insects love it too!