My Iris unguicularis is doing so brilliantly! I’m very excited about it – the nurseryman who sold me the baby plant said he grows his under a big Totara tree facing the sun. Mine is at the base of a tree at the edge of a path and it has spread to about 18″ wide after 3 years, and has been flowering since late Autumn. I’ve combined them in the vase with some native cultivars : leaves of the Cordyline ‘Magenta Rays’, and a pink flowered Tea Tree (Leptospermum).
A few little stocks add scent, although the Wallflowers (Erysimum) have the strongest scent, and the Dill flower and Nutmeg pelargonium smell strongly if touched even lightly. Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ will add more scent as the buds open during the week.
There are two true Geraniums here, the beautiful pink Geranium macrorrohizum ‘Ingwerson’s Variety’, and ‘Rozanne’ – large violet blue flowers with a white centre. I included some Lavender ‘Sidonie’ to remind myself how brilliantly it flowers at this time of year and how important they are to bees. So far, my plants grow huge during the Summer and flower continually until Spring, when several of them have suddenly died. So I need to take some cuttings soon.
Citrus fruits are ripening, the last Feijoas have dropped, and I’ve harvested some more ginger from the pots which I’ve moved into the greenhouse to keep them a bit dry now that they have lost their leaves. I hope I get a chance to try some Lime and Ginger Marmalade this week.
Over at Rambling in the Garden Cathy has beautiful peachy coloured Dahlias this week.