Sunday, 9 June 2019

Flowers from the Outback.

While tanking fuel, Lilli collected a few wildflowers. The field was white with these strawflowers.

The Outback is the vast, remote interior of Australia. "The Outback" is more remote than those areas named "the bush", which include any location outside the main urban areas.
Culturally, the Outback is deeply ingrained in Australian heritage, history and folklore. 

Books of flowers/Photos Ts

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Salvia Peru blue.

One of the heavenly blue Salvia.
Salvia Macrophilla Peru Blue. Growing in my subtropical garden.

This highly individual plant originated from seed collected in Peru by J.Mark Porter for RSA Botanic Garden.
Very attractive gentian-blue flowers, with a swept back lower lip.
Ir reproduces true from own saved seed. Grows also from underground rhizomes.
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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Saturday, 3 December 2016


Intriguing Canna;

Canna has an interesting family history..
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Zingiberales
Family Cannaceae
Genus Canna
The canna plants are large tropical and subtropical perennial herbs. Canna rhizomes are edible and rich in starch and were once a staple foodcrop in Peru and Ecuador. Cannas may also fall victim to canna rust, a fungus resulting in orange spots on the plant's leaves.
Canna is grown for human consumption in the Andes and also in Vietnam and southern China, where the starch is used to make cellophane noodles.
Cannas are Propagated by seed, or by rhizomes.
Canna seeds need to be scarified and soaked in water prior to planting.
Cannas grow wild and are capable of growing in full sun, part sun, or even shade. They can be grown in pretty much any type of soil.
Cannas commonly die back during cold months, only to leaf out and bloom during warmer months.
Cannas demand regular water during the warm months.

®Photo/mygarden Ts

Sunday, 8 May 2016


S. Icicle  and Black Knight (calyxes)

How many seedlings have you planted yourself?

©Photo #mygarden/Text Ts Book of Flowers.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Hibiscus Celia;

H. Celia has been growing in my garden for ever. Always loved the clear, softly yellow/orange coloured  flowers, big and pretty, at least 20 cm  Ø.

A summer shrub flowering into autumn,

Sometimes they look more orange than in these photos.


To own a garden with flowers, a paradise, can we ask for more? Ts

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Buddleia lindleyana...

..another favourite plant

Virtually unknown, spectacular  Buddleia lindleyana with shiny green leaves and cinnamon trunks. This incredible plant has up to 60 cm long panicles of medium lavender flowers in summer. Slightly stoloniferous. Do not cut back like otherBuddleias. Medium growth rate. Do not cut to the ground (renewal pruning) as you do with other Buddleias.

I must remember  names of plants, casually learned while helping to plant vulnerable seedlings into the ground. I remember  in spring in the woods soft blue stars, “Leberbluemchen”  Anemone hepatica, hands full I brought home, cautiously going past the hole where the badger lived.  It was March, spring. Now March is autumn…it is not odd anymore. Childhood memories have receded to gilded corners,  from where they  might make a  quick comeback laced with some sadness.

©Photos #mygarden/ Text Ts. Book of Flowers

Monday, 28 March 2016

Cats Whiskers;

In my garden, Cats Whiskers/ Ortosiphon aristatus, flower exuberantly in a soft purple haze this time of year.

A rush  of Delight,
 any time,
 I pass this purple frothing show.

©Photos/Text Ts/Book of Flowers.