Six on Saturday – 9/6/2018

I find myself with less to say about this week’s six than usual. Showy flowers can speak for themselves. My first one being the exception to the rule…..

Ozothamnus hookeri. There are other things around masquerading as O. hookeri. I believe this to be the real thing. Dense little bush, about three feet high, currently in full flower. I have zoomed in to show the flowers, which are less than a millimetre across. They have a strong honey scent nevertheless.


Diplarrena moraea, or possibly D. latifolia, depending on how many species you recognize. Neat clumps of narrow leaves, slender stems with small white flowers on top. Comes from Tasmania, where a lot of things have small white flowers.


Cactus. Sue has a greenhouse full of these babies, most of which flower around now, usually only for a couple of days. Choosing one was impossible.


Osteospermum. Names and Osteospermums don’t seem to want to stay together. We grow the ones that survive the longest.


Dactylorhiza fuchsia. Common spotted orchid. At least that’s what I think it is. It was a self sown seedling in a pot of something else. Seems happy, hasn’t died, indeed has more stems each year.


Baptisia australis. This is now in its third year and has decided to make an effort this year. Lovely shade of blue, or is it purple, I can’t decide.

It’s funny how you take a picture then spot something in it you hadn’t seen outside; what is that thing bottom left?

Anyhow, must get on. Be sure to check out the other contributions to this meme from host The Propagators blog. Worldwide garden visiting from the comfort of your own home.


22 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 9/6/2018

  1. What pretty flowers these Diplarrena. I didn’t know them.
    About cacti, do you overwinter them inside the greenhouse (cold I guess) and what was the lowest temperature?


    1. I have a couple of low power tube heaters running off a thermostat set at 3C. Mostly that keeps them above zero but actually the cacti, which in winter are kept very dry, will take a few degrees of frost. Not so Aeonium and Echeveria.

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  2. I love the unusual varieties of plants you have in your garden. I want mine to have a more southern hemisphere feel about it, not English cottage garden, so thanks for the ideas. The Baptisia australis I would describe as violet-blue, but whatever colour you want to call it, it is very pretty 😀
    (And yes, what IS that in the left corner?)


    1. I have quite a few Australasian plants, in fact I’m trying to get a seed order sorted for the Australasian Plant Society, to which I belong. The mystery plant turned out to be a rather shrivelled Verbascum, which has now had a drink.

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      1. I made a note of two of your plants today – the Ozothamnus and the Diplarrena – I might even have the Ozothamnus, must check the label!
        Glad you revived the mystery plant. 😀


      2. My Ozothamnus hookeri is quite different from most of what is grown under the name. I am 90% certain I’m right, but there’s a serious lack of good ID information around.


    1. That led to a surreal moment where I took the ipad with the picture out in front of the Baptisia and there was no plant at lower left. Then I changed the angle and saw that I’d taken only the top half of the Baptisia and spotted a rather sorry shrivelled Verbascum tucked in behind. It has at least been watered, being so dry the flowers couldn’t open.

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  3. Lovely cactuses and Dactylorhiza—what a wonderful thing to have volunteer in one of your pots—but it’s the Diplarrena that got my heart beating faster. I love unusual irids, but I suspect that plants from Tasmania aren’t a good choice for my climate. I’ll just have to admire from afar.


  4. If nowt else, we can always rely on your six to be different (and quite educational to boot). This is totally irrelevant and I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s an optical illusion in your Diplarrena photos. I noticed that as I scrolled down through the post, the three small bloom photos on the right seemed to rotate. I scrolled up and down quickly a few times and they “do” rotate for me.


    1. Can’t see it myself I’m afraid. Be a cool idea though, if I had the technical know how. Continuously revolving, on a loop. The lower two pictures are of the same flower, rotated slightly. Do you realise the pressure it puts me under to have you relying on me coming up with something different every week? I keep having to buy new plants, which is costing me a fortune.

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