It has been quite an miserable day here in the Central Tablelands of NSW. There was a -3 degree frost to start with. I have to admit that it was very pleasant early this morning sitting in the sun at the Growers' market sipping excellent coffee, eating a bacon and egg roll and chatting with friends. Soon after however, the day clouded over, a cold wind got up and a sprinkling of raindrops was hurled across the dry brown lawn, and over the frost-bitten garden. We are in for a wintry week with very low morning temperatures and winds being blown north straight off the Southern Alps. I ventured out again this afternoon to find a six for today and it was a very short sortie indeed.
TOne: I think this is Ipheion uniflorum which provides a nice spot of colour in late winter. It will end up being a nuisance I'm sure, as it multiplies very rapidly, but in the meantime I'm enjoying its blue blooms.
Two: No ID jonquil. I think it's gorgeous: such a lovely creamy colour with that tinge of yellow in the centre.
Three: Prunus blireana is just coming into flower: flowers that could well be dislodged by tomorrow's gales.
Four: Last week's iris has produced more blooms.
Five: Tulipa 'Double Margarita'. The stem of this tulip is very short and the buds appeared at ground level. Is this normal, I wonder, or is it to do with a lack of rain? I expected these blooms to be swaying voluptuously on svelte stalks, but instead they're vertically challenged blobs.
Six: Acacia baileyana or Cootamundra wattle. I'm cheating a bit here as this isn't in the garden, but it's nearby! In fact, it's everywhere, self-seeding very readily, and because of that it's suggested by environmental groups that other wattles should be grown instead. However, a sure sign that spring is on its way, is when Cootamundra wattle begins to flower.
And that's my six for this week. Under the guidance of our illustrious leader the Propagator, other gardeners are showing wonderful things going on in their gardens. Do take a look.