Australian flora and fauna, gardening, biological sciences and related joys.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Now that the weather's cooling down, I'm so enjoying pottering about the garden. We've done quite a bit of weeding (mainly bracken) and most of the plants we've put in are doing well. There were a few casualties during the summer heat, but nothing heart-breaking. Here are some photos of recent blooms.
This is Epacris longiflora, or Fuchsia Heath. It loves shady sandstone cliff faces in schlerophyll forest, and is found from NSW up through Queensland. The flower tubes in this specimen are around 15 millimetres long.
This delicate shrub is, I think, of the genus Thryptomene, probably from West Australia. It flowers mainly in spring, but there are scatterings of flowers year 'round. The tiny flowers are around 4 mm in diameter.