I’m grateful for the rain we’ve had. Truly grateful. It has been consistent and there has been a lot of it. The garden is loving it, although a few drought hardy plants might be moaning about their roots being damp. La Niña was promised this summer and has delivered by the tankful.
However, at the risk of sounding picky, I would like a few hot sunny days. Sunshine has been in short supply in recent times, and like most people, I do like a bit of sun. At the moment, it’s cardigans and slippers inside, unlike last summer when the air conditioner was keeping us cool while the temperatures outside were reaching 40 degrees and the air was full of smoke.
Our front garden (above), blessed with ample rain and excellent drainage, is in full seasonal splendour with Salvias, Agapanthus, Perovskia, Lagerstroemia, Achillea and Tulbaghia all clamouring for attention.
A new addition to the garden is Helenium ‘Crimson Beauty’. I have admired Helenium on UK posts and thought it might do well here. Commonly called Sneezeweed due to its use as snuff in earlier times, I don’t think it’s seen very often in Australian gardens. It comes in a wide range of colours, so I’ll keep a lookout for some others as it seems happy in our conditions.
A new rose: ‘Perfect Harmony’. Perfectly harmonious with shades of pink, peach and pale saffron tones. It’s supposedly disease resistant which is a good thing as there’s been a struggle with black spot amongst the rose community in this garden.
The very small Banksia on the left has been planted in a tricky spot. The previous tenants have been a Ceonothus which flowered prolifically and flamboyantly for several years before suddenly dying for no good reason; a dwarf Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’ which never really got started, never mind reach its first birthday, and a Hibiscus syriacus which was overcome by a local feline’s frequent visits – and who wouldn’t be, I ask. This new Banksia spinulosa ‘Honeypots’ has already started to grow new shoots, and has been carefully protected by cat deterring wire. When (and if) it grows up it should have striking flowers like the ones on the label.
The cheap, plastic-covered ‘greenhouse’ (I shouldn’t have bothered, really) has been redeployed as a bird feeder and is attracting locals keen for a free meal: Rainbow Lorikeets have recently arrived, lording it over King Parrots, which despite their size, are intimidated; and Galahs are getting some seed when they can. All colourful and endlessly fascinating. You can tap on theses photos to enlarge them if you wish to look closer.
Lastly, a daylily which was given to me by a friend and which is a handsome example of its species.
As ever, I’m joining with the Six on Saturday crowd, gardeners from many varied environments, who are generous in their sharing and who all link up with The Propagator. More SoS posts can be found here.
Weather today: Cloudy with a little sun and a cool south-easterly. 14-24 degrees celsius. At 8 pm, the clouds have rolled away, the sky is clear and the wind has dropped. Warm weather is coming tomorrow…. so that’s where you are, Summer!