Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
I do like the self seeding red Salvia rutilans, also called Pineapple sage, as the leaves have a pineapple scent.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas was greeted with a wet, grey sky; optimistic me says it keeps the garden green!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Brugmansia is named after Sebald Justin Brugmans 1763-1819. The genus Brugmansia belongs to the nightshade,Solanaceae family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, many kinds of peppers, eggplant, and also includes Datura, petunia, nicotiana, solanum, physalis (Chinese lantern) and other ornamentals. Brugmansia is native to South America, particularly the Andes, where they grow on sloping terrain under damp conditions.
These striking plants produce flowers that perfume the night air with their exotic fragrance. All parts of Brugmansia are toxic when ingested.
Hemerocallis, "Old Tangiers", lets you dream of times gone by.....
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Apricot Nectar does very well in my garden zone 11. It is an easy rose to grow, wonderful to pick for a vase. Flowers nearly all year round. Cuttings take well in winter.
He who wants a rose must respect the thorn. -Persian Proverb
Friday, December 3, 2010
Towards evening this black bruise was hanging around;
Monday, November 29, 2010
The pond attracts daily visitors, feathered friends come to drink and have a bath. I also have seen a whipsnake, not to be missed with its iridescent colours, to come and have a drink.
Gardenia grandiflora is in full flower now. In front the big leaves of a young tree fern. They seed freely when it is rainy and the soil is moist. A beautiful triangle palm is growing in between the plants and providing some shade.
Daylilies, Agapanthus and many other treasured plants are growing in this terraced area which faces North, and is hot in summer.
Wild, simple china roses are my favourites. This one is growing in my court yard garden near the entrance.
I like to grow many different grasses. This one is a very tall one in a deep red colour. The leaves are much broader then the blood grass. The flowers are pink with long soft hair swaying to and fro.