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[25 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
What’s Flowering Now in Winter

Here’s some of the plants flowering in my garden in the middle of winter here in Melbourne.
First up is four photos of one my favourite drought tolerant native plants. Eremophila Purpurascens is a striking small shrub, silvery grey leaves provide a beautiful backdrop to the light purple tubular flowers. I got mine posted from Mildura Native Nursery as tube.
Eremophila Purpurascens

Red Hot Pokers
Red Hot Pokers or kniphofia are a perennial which forms a long wide bladed  grass-like clump. It is a member of the lily family, Liliaceae. They provide a brilliant blast of colour …

Dracaena Draco, Headline »

[21 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Amazing Draco Story of Survival Against the Odds

Mike form the UK, posted the following comment. I hope you enjoy his wonderful story as much as I did.

Hi all, I’d just like to mention my story, I’m from the U.K. where there is little sun or correct temperature. 25 years ago I bought some Draco seeds from a gift shop in the Canary Islands (it was my honey moon!). When I got back I planted these seeds in my new home starting my new life as it were. I have to admit that I kind of did it half hearted and put 5 seeds in one 5″ diameter pot using quite a clay type of soil (I was not too keen on gardening at this time of my life). Not really expecting any to grow I just left it there on the window sill in an unused back room.

Aloe »

[18 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
August is Aloe Month

August is when many Aloes start flowering. Mine are budding up now. Aloe flowers are spectacular are long lasting. My local wattle birds love to feast on them.

First up is Aloe Ferox which has a massive glorious flower spike each year. This aloe now stands about ten feet tall.

Cactus »

[4 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Cerus Fruit with Seeds

This gigantic columnar Cerus cactus flowers prolifically all summer. Bees loves the flowers, consequently many fruit develop and as you can see from this ripe fruit each one is full of seeds. This is a Cerus Chalybaeus.