Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's in Flower - September

This is the last of these monthly garden round-up posts from my old garden. By this time next month, it won't be mine any more.

Here's what is welcoming spring.

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) flowers looking and smelling wonderful:

Ipheon stars, or spring stars (Ipheion uniflorum) in three different colours:
Light purple (this colour is nothing like their real shade).
Darker purple (not blue as it looks here).

Violets (Viola odorata):

A puzzling freesia:
 Freesias have six petals, so what is going on with this one? If it isn't a freesia, where did it come from?

Fringe flower, Loropetalum chinense var rubrum, with its leaves looking much greener than they do most of the year:

Bethel sage (Salvia involucrata 'Bethelii':) is almost finished:

Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), not planted by me, but it appears between the other plants from time to time:

Verbena "Candy Cane" starting to flower again after a rest over winter:
That answers the question I asked back in January. I'd seen one Australian website describe this cultivar as an annual, and a UK one call it a "half-hardy perennial".  I think we can safely say that it is not an annual.

Masses of lavender:

Rosemary seems to never stop flowering:

Crassula ovata just about finished

Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha) also just about over:
 Shocking photo, sorry. It was blowing around but I thought I did have it in focus.

The very last of the Bergenia:

Vireya "Clare Crouch":

Blood plum:

I was obviously cheating when I included the buds of this thickleaf aeonium, Aeonium arboreum, last month, because they still haven't begun to open:

Another plum, not as tasty, but OK for jam:


Dusky coral pea (Kennedia rubicunda):

Grevillea "John Evans":

Another callistemon with redder flowers. Only a couple of open ones, up very high. Lots of buds though!

And I know there are white jonquils and some flowers on my yellow gum, but somehow I missed them when taking the photos.

Happy spring from my old garden!


  1. I hope you've found the time to take lots of cuttings.

  2. Look forward to your new garden, perhaps freesias etc can be grown in pots.

  3. Your old garden looks wonderful. I wonder what the new garden will look like.

  4. The flowers are wonderful - so sad to leave them behind if your moving?

  5. So sad to say farewell to a garden. I left a lovely rose bed at the last house and it was out in a week. Why not at least allow them to flower.....we moved in July.
    I have some of those star bulbs ....just gave them water and took some day photos when outside.