"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

-Skybax rider motto

Sunday, 30 June 2013

What shrub is that?

This shrub is in the front garden & was almost dead when we arrived, back in January.
I pruned it severely, composted & mulched it, then watered it well.  It has come back beautifully, I didn't expect it to flower, but it has managed to push through a few, although I do wonder if it should be covered in blooms.  Any way I don't know what it is so will need to do some research to discover its requirements.
Gorgeous little lantern flowers, but unfortunately they hang down so are hard to view. 
The shrub is about 1.5m high at the moment, but was about 2m when I cut it back, could be a tree for all I know!
This picture shows how the flowers hang down
My blood lily leaves a getting ginormous!  I did photograph the flower, but with my other phone, that phone is mine no longer, so will have to wait til next year for their weird blooms again.
Haemanthus coccineus - blood lilly

Friday, 28 June 2013

Aloe garden

Brand new & looking fairly miserable with its tiny little plants, but what I hope will eventually bebursting at the seams!

Aloe striata favoured me with a flower this season, after being dug out of my old garden in the heat of summer, left to scorch in a pot for the rest of summer, I thought I would be lucky if it survived at all!

Behind the coral aloe is Eucalyptus woodwardii, given to me by mum & dad for my birthday & the ground cover is trailing lotus - Lotus berthelotii, just about to come into flower.

Euryops pectinatus

Aloe plicatilis with a flower head peeping out

View looking north east, aloe always red with statice in the background.

Aloe always red

Aloe mountain gem, he also has a bloom forming

Aloe Gemini

Here I have planted senecio chalk sticks, a small kunzea baxteri , euryops virgineus, kalanchoe baharensis, aloe Gemini & you can see the bottom of my Norfolk Island Pine - Araucaria heterophylla.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

"One kind word can warm three winter months"

(Japanese Proverb)
Hakea francisiana 
"Joining in with favourite plant in my garden this week" from Danger Garden , although mine won't be weekly as just like with garden bloggers bloom day I am incredibly unreliable.
But any way this hakea is a little beauty, although I do wish it wasn't so shy with its flowers as they are outstanding.  It's about 3m high by 1.5m wide, extremely drought tolerant & indigenous to 

Western Australia.
The flowers are produced on old wood & so are well hidden in the branches, which of course is a winner with the birds.  I just love it as the flower suddenly appears in all its glory from avery unassuming little tree.