Monday, 20 June 2016

Pause, break, interval, interruption, suspension, intermission, interlude, gap, lull, rest, respite, breathing space, time out, recess

I tried so hard to avoid doing the usual 'reduce blogging frequency, make promises to increase frequency, reduce even further, miss a few posts, then post a 'blogging hiatus' post' thing, but I've succumbed.

Eucalyptus kruseana - Kings Park
For the foreseeable future, the blog is on hold. Thank you so much to everyone that has taken the time to read about my garden and left comments. I'll be back to visit your blogs shortly (something else I regret not being able to do of late).

Eucalyptus caesia - Kings Park

Happy gardening!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

May 2016

It's a bit of a mixed bag this month: a wander around the garden, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and some extra blooms that aren't from my garden. Let's begin!

I started my walk from here, as I don't think I've ever showed this pot. I had it as a feature (empty) in one of the garden beds, before that bed filled out. It's here now because I am waiting for the Talipariti tiliaceum (previously Hibiscus tiliaceus) either side of it to fill out. I filled it with some homeless agaves and succulent cuttings, and left them all to sink or swim.

Ahh, the view after a night/morning of rain. Such a great feeling knowing that everything has had a deep soak.

This Melianthus major was a cutting mum took for me, perhaps a couple of years ago now. It's very slowly filling the space in that corner.

It's a pretty one. Its leaves are so soft but it tries to look spikey and mean.

Still no blooms yet, but great foliage on Eucalyptus rhodantha.

Eucalyptus caesia

Eucalyptus caesia

I was growing this Acacia denticulosa in a pot for a while, but changed my mind. It's so much happier now and has put out a heap of new growth.

Side view of Acacia denticulosa leaf

I had no idea this Grevillea patentiloba ssp. platypoda was blooming until I got down at ground level to look underneath it... 

It's growing remarkably well. I looked back at the post on the Kings Park native plant sale from November 2014, and it was probably about 15 cm high back when I bought it.

I'm still surprised by how much this Tipuana tipu has grown in just a few years.

Acacia aphylla is getting ready to put on a show!

The dainty foliage of Melaleuca hueglii.

This Acacia glaucoptera was also in a pot for quite a while, but I thought it would fill the space of an Agave angustifolia quite nicely. The bed looks much better now. The agave was just getting out of control, and although I love agaves, there are some that are more 'weedy' than others...

When I got up close to the Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea', I realised I had a serious aphid problem on my hands! There was one little ladybird hard at work cleaning up the mess, but I'm going to need to spray it. They were coating all of the new growth on every branch.

You can sort of see some of them in this photo:

Hakea petiolaris

Calothamnus lateralis is still blooming:

We're in the last month of autumn, and Pyrus calleryana has finally got the memo.

Grevillea 'Misty Pink'

Grevillea 'Misty Pink' had some seeds germinate at its base a while back, and I was interested to see whether they'd continue growing or die out. They got through summer which was a big hurdle to overcome, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens as they grow seeing as they're seeds from a hybrid. I need to pull that Agave americana  pup out! I removed the mother plant months and months ago, and they are still popping up.

I planted this Eucalyptus erythrocorys in the front garden around the beginning of this year, and it's doing well. It will be beautiful once it's mature. There were previously two Virgilia capensis trees nearby, that I planted not long after moving in here. I decided to remove them a couple of weeks ago, as the area was becoming too shaded. I chose them before I really had any idea about what I wanted the area to look like, and before I really got into gardening.

Acacia cochlocarpa subsp. velotinosa's buds are still growing, with one tiny little bloom on the end there:

I had to include this shot of Calothamnus tuberosis because I love the colours so much.

Now, for the first lot of blooms that are not from my garden (and taken with an iPhone):

These absolutely stunning Banksia menziesii blooms were spotted while out on a bike ride a month ago.

And the rest of the following photos were taken at my university (iPhone again):

Banksia and anigozanthos in one of the garden beds on campus.

I took the following pictures of this small arid garden back in March, and seeing as I've had some questions about how university is going, I thought I'd share them.

I'm really enjoying studying. At the moment I'm not doing any plant-specific units, but I will be doing one next semester, and then more as I go on. This is because there were prerequisite units I had to complete beforehand, one being biology. There's another biology unit that continues on from this one (plant and animal biology), which I'll be doing next semester also.

Exams are only a month away. Note to self: arrange next post early, as it falls exactly between the two days my exams are on. 

I feel like I haven't gone into enough depth about what it's like, but I'm not sure what you would like to know! If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment in the questions.

I think this is Dracaena draco

Agave gypsophila:

Agave gypsophila

These photos were taken last week:

Aloes in bloom...

And the Agave gypsophila is going to bloom! Luckily there are lots of pups around to take its place after its death.

The bloom spike on this one was so tall; I wondered how I'd missed seeing it until now. Scrolling back to the first picture of it though, I noticed the new leaf looked suspiciously straight and un-curly, but I didn't think anything of it at the time.

I'm linking this post with Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens - visit to enjoy many more blooms.

I'll see you next month (and wish me luck!). Happy gardening!