Melealeuca, Paperbark, When this tree is in flower it swarms with insects and a tiny native bee, crazy for its nectar and pollen. The flowers look like bottlebrushes each bud bursts into a myriad of stamens.
The contemporary structure of a succulent. Beautifully formed and coloured a powdery, antique blue
Rue, a beautiful Herb, I use its colourings and lacy habit in the ornamental garden. It sends out yellow flowers in spring/summer. The colour doesn't fit the blue grey leaves. I am generally generous in accepting natures hues she has intended for plants, not with this one, the flowers are snipped off...
The settlement of Australia by Indigenous Australians more than 40,000 years ago, and by Europeans from 1788, has had a significant impact on the flora. The use of fire-stick farming by the Aborigines led to significant changes in the distribution of plant species over time, and the large-scale modification or destruction of vegetation for agriculture and urban development since 1788 has altered the composition of most terrestrial ecosystems, leading to the extinction of 61 plant species and endangering over 1000 more. Wikipedia
Euphorbia milii are among my favourites. Why? Because they don't give me any headaches they are so easy to look after. See, how the flowers have collected raindrops in their little cups. Once the flower has fully opened it lays flat. They also change colour if you look closely you see different hues...
Euphorbia - Euphorbus was the Greek physician of King Juba II (about 50 BC to 19 AD) of Numidia (present day Algeria). King Juba II was the first person to find a succulent-type Euphorbia, and he named it after his physician. Milii - named for Baron Milius, once governor of the island of Bourbon, who introduced the species into cultivation in France in 1821.
Golden fern is indigenous to Queensland. The new fronds have subtle gold colouring, while the underside looks powdery golden. It is a wonderful fern that establishes itself in the understory in the shade garden, it is not invasive, like fishbone ferns which establish quickly. They are very attractive too but just to fast and one has to be vigilant to catch them before they have taken over the garden!
This silvery pink has become one of my colours in the garden. I bought this Camellia as a sasanqua but it has turned out to be a japonica. It is very free flowering, one of the first to flower and keeps on doing so for ages. It has never had a disease, doesn't get a special treatment or fertilizers. I think it is one of the plants that thrive on neglect or it has unintentionally received the best seat in the garden...
The teeny weeny flowers of Bougainvillea are said to be insignificant. I don't think so. When one looks closely one sees very intricate tiny blooms and they enhance the showy bracts especially here with "Pedro".
Silvery pink "Dreamtime" cross Azalea/Rhododendron. This shrub is nearly 20 years old. It flowers heavily and heavenly twice a year. It is a massive plant and I have made many cuttings to give away. I have also planted many in the garden.
There are many benefits of mulching:
reduced weed growth
reduced drying out and surface crusting of soil
reduced water loss and erosion
improve soil conditions and healthier plants
encouragement for earth worms and other beneficial organisms.
All photos are taken in my garden.
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