Back again! Just as well I didn’t “make a plan” because, clearly, I’m rubbish at such well-ordered things.
Some pretties from my picture box. (All taken with my little camera)
I mentioned a local orchid show.Well, we went, we saw and one of us was smitten. There was a rather nice orchid with several flowering spikes and many more buds,well worth its $35 tag.
And this is where my title comes into play. The chap selling his orchids was a cash-only chap. There might have been the odd bit of shrapnel, chump change, in the bottom of my handbag.But certainly not $35. So I wandered further along the displays…
No name labels that I could see!
But this gorgeous blue, below, is a Vanda.
I did come home with two smaller plants. Luckily, one of the stall-holders was able to take the ubiquitous plastic!
One is Bolopetalum , apparently a zygo hybrid, according to one site. I’m still on training wheels in the orchid world! But its varietal name is “Midnight Blue-Cardinal’s Roost”.
The other purchase is an Oncidium “Mayfair Trinity.” If the buds open today I’ll post a picture, though I suspect it will be later in the week.
Never mind! I do now have the Clerodendrum nutans that I just know you’ve all been dying to see. No, Muriel, not NUDE ans. Muriel, put you skirt on!
And after another few rainy days things have been having a final fling before we move into what we call winter here.
Hibiscus mutabilis. Due for a major cut-back once the flowers finish. Here it is in its early morning pristine white…
and about half way through the day…
By about 4pm it will be a deeper pink and the next morning a soggy blob. So pretty! And a most obliging “striker” which is a boon to gardeners like myself.
All manner of bird and insect life is making the most of this late season rain. The Antigonon leptopus (coral vine is one of its common names) is crowded with bees all day.
That’s a honey bee, with a much smaller native stingless bee.Can’t see them? OK The honey bee is directly above the word “native” and the little one above the letter”b” in bee on the first line.
And the Cheilocostus have had a mad late flush, too. This is usually sold as “ginger.” (Right after I clicked the shutter I wobbled off the rock I was balancing on!)
This is a great thing for autumn colour. Another obliging striker!
I made a start on cutting down the hibiscus on the back fence…
And now I’m off to drag this monster heap down to the carport.
This strange-looking thing used to be called Justicia. Now, apparently, it’s Ontonaema tubaeform. Or possibly O. strictum And this particular one has what’s known as fasciation.