Autumn is slowly coming to an end in these parts. Often the days are very warm, dry and cloudless at this time of the year, but because of our protracted La Niña event there has been a lot of cloud and sunsets have been magnificent. I’ve taken a number of photos of sunsets recently, but they never look as splendid in a photo as they do with the naked eye, so I’m not including any here.
Above, not a sunset but startlingly yellow, is perennial marigold Tagetes lemonii. It certainly is a bright spot in the garden and although it has only recently begun to flower, I suspect its season will be short lived as it will probably succumb to frosts when they arrive, an event which is forecast for next week.
As is the case everywhere it seems, vegetable prices are rising quite shockingly, so I have planted vegetables including broccoli, silver beet, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, lettuces and rocket. Above is the broccoli, growing very energetically. I‘m keeping the cauliflower and broccoli under a net to protect them from the white cabbage butterflies and it’s working very well; the leaves are almost unblemished.
Bottlebrush Callistemon viminalis burst into flower a few weeks ago but is now coming to an end. Fallen flowers show that birds have been enjoying the nectar, but they are not very careful about how they source it. Bottlebrushes are wonderful steadfast garden plants flowering twice a year and providing the neighbourhood avians with food and us with colour.
Salvia Indigo Spires is still flowering profusely, though I do wish it would live up to its name and have spires instead of lying languidly on the ground in such a louche fashion.
In the front garden, the Japanese maple is colouring very nicely. It has been here for nearly eight years and this is the FIRST time the leaves have changed colour. Usually the days are far too hot and the leaves go brown and then fall.
Erica ’Winter Fire’ is also enjoying the season. Appropriately named, for its colour, and also we’ve had our fire going at night for a couple of weeks now.
I recently wrote about our Hakea tree being visited by yellow tailed black cockatoos (yes, they’ve been back a number of times) and here is its smaller sibling, Hakea myrtoides x petiolaris which is a Hakea found locally. Its other name if you don’t want to bother with the long one is Burrendong Beauty, and it is a beauty, filled with bees and flowering reliably at this time every year.
Those are my six for this week. There are many other gardeners who join in with Six on Saturday every week and if you would like to read about their gardens pop over to The Propagators’ blog and join in.
Weather today: Cloudy with some rain. 10 – 17 degrees C.