The warm Spring weather has been playing hard to get so the garden has been coming to life really really slowly. It was so cold and miserable over Winter I’m only just (very slowly) warming up myself so at the moment it’s‘ chaos reigns’ out there I’m managing to do a bit of weeding and general tidying around and about but …strangely I’m noticing things that are emerging from places I didn’t think they were planted. I certainly don’t remember planting those Iris in that spot.
That little piece of white flowered snow in summer (Cerastium) next to the bluey mauve Brachyschome wasn’t there last year but I’m pleased to see it. It reminds me of my Dad, he used it a lot in odd spots. Set and forget he’d say!
The lavender under the washing line has been good this year – shame it’s nearly time to cut it back….The Golfer cut the grass the other day so it looks green and tidy from this angle …it certainly won’t look so green come later in the summer when it gets hot and dry. It’s hard to plan a time to cut when we’ve had rainy days because he likes it to dry out a bit but like in all things nature doesn’t play fair!
And of course there is the early flush of Spring roses to admire. The little ‘blue bed near the line’ as I jokingly call it has been mulched so it’s right to go but there’s still a lot of work to be done on the bed at the bottom of the garden. A Bad Back limits me at times and it didn’t play fair last year so even though it doesn’t look too bad from a distance it’s when I realised what I thought were some long leaves of Iris was actually invasive couch grass that has grown tall I knew I’d be trying for half hour time spots. Rain has stopped play at the moment 😢
And a few from the bottom bed – names unknown. (everything opens with a tap or a click)
It’s amazing what you find when you’re thinking about something else. I’d had the letter Z on my mind (yes, that book challenge) when these jumped out at me as I was going through some 2009 photo folders from an old (as in defunct) blog.
Z is for Zygocactus also known as Schlumbergara aka Christmas Cactus
They are hardy pot plants that seem to grow wherever you want them to Break a piece off – pot it up in some dirt and very soon you’ll have a new plant.
These plants were all started from cuttings taken from friends or neighbours plants
I had them growing in containers that hung over the railing of the deck. happy to be there most of the year. though I did put them in the shade if the sun became too hot.
There were several plants in each of the long boxes and if nature got the timing right
and they all bloomed together. it looked like a ribbon of pink all the way along.
You know at first glance these plants appear to be a jumble of gnarly old stems each with a flower at the end But if you look carefully you will see that the most delicate of blooms are growing there.
Up in the Northern Hemisphere they are often called Christmas Cactus ‘cose thats about the time when they seem to flower. Not so down here in Melbourne these photos were taken in October right at the end of our Winter – beginning of Spring
These are beautiful plants often regarded as common and hum drum looking What do you think?