Spring October 2014

Spring October 2014

What a miserable day, cloudy and cold. Our garden is blooming with many plants have started to flower. Now I can hear a black bird sing a beautiful melodious song. I took some photos this morning:

Dendrobium ‘delicatum’:

This Australian native is very easy to grow and it is very good for those who want to start to grow orchids. The fragrant flowers are small and come in long strands.

Dendrobium delicatum

Dendrobium delicatum

Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow – Brunfelsia australis:

This plant is also known as ‘Kiss me Quick’🙂 . The common names come from the fact that that flowers are purple the first day they open, the second day will fade into light blue and the third day will be white. I noticed before that many leaves are now yellow, it seems that it needs a bit of fertiliser. The flowers release sweet scent similar to jasmine. We grow this plant in front of the front door near the Dendrobium ‘delicatum’ which is also releases sweet smell. Both aromas can be enjoyed when we open the front door.

Yesterday Today Tomorrow - Brunfelsia australis

Yesterday Today Tomorrow – Brunfelsia australis

Yesterday Today Tomorrow - Brunfelsia australis

Yesterday Today Tomorrow – Brunfelsia australis

Roses:

Not all the roses are blooming, some are already having few buds open but most are still in buds. It is weird to see that the ‘Peace’ rose has changed colour, this time it is oddly pink ?

Rose 'Peace' changed colour

Rose ‘Peace’ changed colour

Rose - Red standard no-id

Rose – Red standard no-id

Rose - Pink Iceberg

Rose – Pink Iceberg

Rose - Red Carpet

Rose – Red Carpet

Geranium/Pelargonium:

They say the new name for Geranium is Pelargonium, but if I say Pelargonium most people will not understand, so I still prefer to say Geranium. This year these old fashion garden plants are doing very well. Geraniums used to be very popular, but now people don’t like them anymore. We have few in our garden, red, pink, variegated white and pink and salmon pink.

Red Geranium

Red Geranium

Pelargonium/Geranium

Pelargonium / Geranium

Pelargonium / Geranium

Genista racemosa:

Also known as sweet broom with golden flowers and is regarded as invasive in many places, but I have no problem at all. I always trim the flowers once they are done and before the seeds start to fully develop. This way, there is no chance for the seeds to fall and germinate everywhere. Anyway, this very tough plant is still sold here in Melbourne.

Genista racemosa flowers and a bee

Genista racemosa flowers and a bee

Genista racemosa

Genista racemosa

Chiapasia nelsonii – Disocactus nelsonii:

The earliest bloomer of all other orchid cacti that we have. It always grows many blooms and they will last between 2 to 3 days. I bought it in a small pot few years ago and now I have divided the plant into 2 pots. Pretty tubular pink blooms and it is my favourite!

Chiapasia/Disocactus nelsonii

Chiapasia/Disocactus nelsonii

Disocactus nelsonii - Chiapasia nelsonii

Disocactus nelsonii – Chiapasia nelsonii

Spanish Bluebells – Hyacinthoides hispanica:

Beautiful Spanish bluebell flowers that have round bulbs and always bloom in springtime and go dormant in winter. Very common wild flowers in many countries in Europe. There are English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). The differences between the two are: the Spanish ones have the flowers grow all around erect stems and the English ones have flowers grow only on one side of bending stems.

Blue Bells - Hyacinthoides hispanica

Blue Bells – Hyacinthoides hispanica

Pink Valerian – Jupiter’s Beard – Centranthus ruber:

I did not grow this plant and it has been in the garden since we bought the house many years ago. I don’t know why it is also called Jupiter’s beard, no parts of the plant look like beard at all.

Pink Valerian - Jupiter's Beard - Centranthus ruber

Pink Valerian – Jupiter’s Beard – Centranthus ruber