Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day April 2013

2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

2013 is a great year for the Ox-Tongue Lillies (haemanthus sp). I grew these in the Dry Garden with no extra water during summer. No rain fell during spring and summer this year and it was the hottest summer on record. I wonder if that contributed to this magnificent result?

Oxtongue Lillies 2013-02

No perfectly clear. I think I got the shakes admiring these beauties!

Oxtongue Lillies 2013-03

These are definitely in focus and it is easy to see why they cost $35-55 per bulb to buy. I have grown these for the last 30 years when I was given a single bulb by Rosemary Starkey at Sanderston when I was caretaker of a sheep station.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Zauschneria Californica Western Hills in the Powton Garden. Has no water during spring and summer and is flowering strongly still.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Closeup of Zauschneria Californica Western Hills. 11th April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Sedum Munstead Dark red. 11 April 2013.

Salvia Meigan's Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Salvia Meigan’s Magic is now standing 1.8m tall and wide. I cut these 3 plants to the ground in winter and they have done extremely well. only watered twice during spring and summer.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan's Magic.

Closeup of Salvia Meigan’s Magic.

Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. Great perfomer with not a single drop of rain from September to April and flowering magnificently! Second year of flowering.

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry's Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Closeup of Salvia Leucantha Harry’s Red. (aka Mexican Sage)

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle. This is one of my favourite flowers this year. Right next to the gate to the chooks and impresses me every time. Dainty and subtle yet demands attention. Looks like dancing butterflies!

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle Closeup April 2013

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.

Salvia Anthony Parker. Second year flowering.
Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Closeup of Salvia Anthony Parker.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year's flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spires’. This plant has been in the garden for two years now and has done extra well. Several seedlings came up from last year’s flowering. Will have to move some of them this year.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Galtonia Viridiflora. First year of flowering and is very impressive indeed.

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate's Form Closeup. 130411

Eryngium Planum Norgate’s Form Closeup. 130411

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Ornithogalum Saundersae. Purchased as a bulbs from Lambley Nursery in June 2012. This is the only one flowering.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Agastache Aurantiaca has been impressive this year, particularly in late summer and autumn. Originally a seedling from Lambley Nursery.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

Close up view of Agastache Aurantiaca. Has not attracted the birds as the do in Ballarat.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

First flowering of this plant which has been in my shadehouse for 2 years. I am a bit underwhelmed by some of the bromeliads.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze in North Perennial Bed April 2013.

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Chrysanthemum Buninyong Bronze Closeup April 2013

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Tulbaghia Violacea opposite the Avocado Garden. No water since August. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Miscanthus Transmorrisonenis in the Banana Garden. April 2013.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Geranium Unnamed Variety. April 2013 near front gate.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Pernnial Garden. April 2013.

Alstroemeria. Dwarf variety in North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica covers the entire fence of the tennis courts and Kiosk Yard. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Bougainvillea Magnifica Closeup. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Canna Lily in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Clivia in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Maroon in the South Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Hollyhock Pink in the North Perennial Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Salvia Royal Bumble in the South Deciduous Garden. April 2013.

Daylily Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Daylily (Hemerocallis) Cranberry Baby was a plant I bought from Lambley Nursery this year. It has out performed the standard orange variety in that it has repeat flowered many times over summer and autumn. It grows to about 30cm tall in the regularly watered North Perennial Garden.

Kalanchoe closeup.

Kalanchoe April 2013.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.

Kalanchoe in a very hot spot all summer. Originally purchased at a garage sale for $5. Has flowered now for the past few months but has never looked better than it is now.

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