Here are the top 5 highlights from my garden this past week!
1. It is officially Camellia season!
When a lot of other plants sit dormant waiting for spring and the warmer weather to come along, camellia’s are blooming! There are thousands of varieties to choose from and they come in a huge range of colours.
2. The best thing about winter is all the colourful flowers that begin to bloom. This Anna’s Red Hellebore is starting to ‘show off’ in the garden and the ruby blooms are very eye-catching against the dark glossy leaves.
3. A few weeks ago I had a customer come into my department at work and tell me a really magical story. She grew up in England (unfortunately I can not remember the name of the town) as a young girl during the war and where she lived there was a field of wild Foxgloves growing. She was telling me the story of how one of the soldiers would pick the flowers off the foxgloves and place them onto his fingers, as if they were gloves. He would then perform puppet shows for the local children.
I thought this was an amazing story and a great example as to how plants can play a fundamental part in sharing stories and moments in time.
4. This delicate flowing plant is called Astartea Winter Pink, it is a dense shrub growing to a height of 60cm and will spread to 70-80cm. It is a tough Australian native plant that will grow best in a sunny position.
5. I am in love with the colourful foliage of this Croton. I saw them growing up in Cairns back in March of this year and they were truly eye-catching. Unfortunately in Melbourne they have to be grown indoors and they require warm conditions and dislike the cold weather. But I am planning on putting this in my office for a splash of colour!
Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs