Few days more it will be the beginning of Spring time here in Melbourne, but it was so cold  in the last few days. Today it is raining on and off, with a bit of cold wind and hails. I haven’t done much in the garden lately. In the winter, lawn hardly grows, but the grass has started to thicken unevenly and look a bit of untidy. Weeds are growing fat in the garden beds. Hopefully the weather will be dry and warmer very soon so that I can start to mow the lawn and do weeding.

Some more Cymbidium orchids have started to bloom, but I will only take notes on other plants in the garden. Yes, it is mostly the same old plants again year after year, but it is always fun to take some photos. Here some of plants that are blooming:

Loropetalum chinense: An attractive dense bush with purplish red leaves. The pink tassel like flowers are unusual and pretty. Acid loving plant that hates lime.


Magnolia: This deciduous small tree will bear large pink flowers on bare branches towards the end of winter. Very pretty and eye catching.



Copper Spoon – Kalanchoe orgyalis is quite rare and hard to find. The leaves have copper colour tone. The single plant will grow branches. Tiny yellow flowers are odd looking and they are less significant compared to the beauty of the foliage.

Elephant Ear- Kalanchoe beharensis: The velvety leaves are slightly triangular and the colour is grey green. It quickly grows and forms many offshoots. The small and hairy flowers are less attractive compared to the unusual look of the foliage.


Camellia japonica: The blooms are large and bright red. Camellias are easy to grow in the temperate Melbourne weather. They come in many colours and shapes. The other common varieties are C. sasanqua, C. reticulata and many hybrids. It is related to Camellia chinensis which leaves are used to make tea.


Jacobinia pauciflora: It is also known as Justicia rizzinii or Firefly plant. A small rounded bush that are tough and will enjoy semi shaded area away from harsh summer sun. Ours was once almost completely dry in extremely hot summer, but it has grown back and the small yellow and orange flowers are prolific and colourful.


Osteospermum the African Daisy is good for ground cover. The colourful blooms will cover the whole plant during late winter throughout spring time.