Today I look only at the commonorgarden foreign exotic plants.
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|Black Prince, Perfume Passion|
Chaim Soutine, Dainty Bess
|Duftwolke, Burning Sky|
Alec's Red, Karoo Rose
When I looked out this morning the ash trees are covered in a soft mauve haze. Flower buds. Even the first few of next season’s fresh green leaves. The deciduous trees from the northern hemisphere, in this gentle winter, simply use the new leaves to push off the old. Bare branches is our very briefest season. Blink, and it was gone.
|Mountain ash flowers|
The Japanese flowering quince is having a quiet winter. That and the yellow winter flowering Chinese jasmine came with the land. The white marguerite daisy looked so – not long for this world in summer. Now the bush is as wide as I am tall and the first flowers are opening.
|Japanese flowering quince (coral)|
yellow Chinese winter Jasmine
white marguerite daisy
Our exotic foreigners include lavender and basil. Pineapple sage and Salvia greggei which give the camera a migraine.
|Lavender, pineapple sage|
electric pink Salvia greggei
On Saturday we worked hard in the garden. I stood on the verandah and said – up a bit, bit more, no the one to the left. The four Searsia/Rhus trees we planted are steadily climbing and spreading to obscure our mountain view.
|Before we pruned the Searsia/Rhus|
And he used our new telescopic parrot. Very cheap (WHY??) and cuts quite thick branches like butter. The pecan tree was too big, 5 years ago when we bought the plot, and has now reached its sell by date. But that we must have removed by the pros.
|After we pruned the Searsia/Rhus|
b-a-g experiments-with-plants said – 'the difference is that when we stand up, you see two snow-capped mountains and I see suburbia'. Ah no – to see the snowcaps we need to drive a little, so the foothills no longer obscure the mountains. When I stand, I see, from our panhandle plot, 9 neighbours. Usually they are manicured out of the photos, but today I have left a few walls and roofs, so you can see, we do, live in town. Non-collage for Alistair in Aberdeen who doesn’t like collages, but then you would have scrolled thru 31 pictures?
|Olifantskop from the Paradise And Roses garden|
by Diana of Elephant's Eye
- wildlife gardening in Porterville,
near Cape Town in South Africa
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