This morning I took a trip around my neighbourhood to look see what's in flower. Surprisingly there isn't a great deal as many gardens look a trifle tired after the extreme heat and dryness of summer, but Autumn is a very good time to see glorious natives in flower, so I've added some of them to my six this week.
As well, you can zip over to The Propagator's site to see more of what's happening in other people's gardens.
1. Eucalyptus erythrocorys 'Red Cap Gum'. The red parts top the flowers before they emerge. What a colour contrast!
2. Corymbia ficifolia. These eucalypts are grafted, so they grow very well SE Australia. The bees love them as you can see, and when I turned one corymb towards me to take a photo, nectar poured out, so it's easy to understand why birds love them too.
3. Eucalyptus Leucoxylon var. macrocarpa: This eucalyptus is common in the Central Tablelands area, is easy to grow and flowers prolifically.
I wrote about this oleander in my post The Humble Oleander. At the time I was trying to grow my oleander as a tree rather than a shrub, because I want the sun to be able to shine into the garden. It's been a battle! The oleander is quite determined to be a shrub: it sends out shoots around its trunk and I remove them. But it's now about twice the size that it was when I wrote the post, and is developing into a pleasing shape.
6. Eucalyptus Caesia. A bit of relief from so much pink and red! This WA eucalyptus is rather hard to grow on the eastern side of Australia. Its flowers were finished, but the silvery gumnuts are very beautiful too.