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02 February, 2014

The New Flowering Gum

Went to the favourite nursery where they specialise in native Australian plants and have a lovely display garden which shows where they flourish best in the garden.  All the little microclimates make such a difference to how they survive and how much water they need.

What a find!  We came home with a lovely flowering gum which was for sale at a reduced price.  The labels had washed off in a big rain some time ago and they couldn't vouch for the colour and height.  Oh wow!  We're happy with an educated guess.  This beauty is just right and will give a tall-ish trunk between six and eight metres with thick canopy which will shade the old teak seat below the rockery.  Had a little tipple there just last evening. :-)

Look at all the buds.  Some are starting to doff their little caps and flower.
 
I dips me lid!  See what I mean about the little lids lifting?  And look at the colour.
 
Same buds two days later.  Oh my soul, they're gorgeous.
Now here's the other little thing to make you smile.  My rhubarb patch is doing very nicely but tends to burn in 30 to 40 degree heat. Wouldn't we all!
 
Notice compost tumblers in the background and bright green Vietnamese mint over to the left.
Here's the rhubarb prepared for the heat with umbrella coverage of bracken fronds from another part of the garden.  They work well to prevent the burning.
 
Keeping cool!
Well, hope you enjoyed a little touch of gardening which takes a bit of attention at this time of year south of the equator.

Smiles,
Ros.

9 comments:

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

That flowering gum is gorgeous!
And I love seeing glimpses of summer from across the hemispheres ~ thanks for sharing the warmth!

RosA said...

Hi Ros, I just adore those flowering gums! There is one not far from us which I admire as I pass by. I would be planting one if I had room.
Thanks for dropping by and for your kind comment. I thought I saw your name on CJS2014 somewhere. I really enjoyed (nearly) all the videos and being only about 10 mins each, it wasn't a huge commitment. Love that shell stamp you got in the prize package!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Brilliant tree! Each flower is like a fireworks explosion!! TFS! Hugs, Darnell

MaggieC said...

You know, everyone I speak to today is costing me money, including you, Ros. Actually, your beautiful picture of the flowering gum reminded me that I wanted to grow a bottlebrush again. I used to have a couple which survived several quite bad winters on the patio, and then finally succumbed to a very dry summer when we were away. So I have found somewhere in this country selling seeds that I can grow on again. I don't think we are the only ones, having these problems with Google+ and the other new improved versions. I refuse to join and be cut off from everyone else. I shall be so glad when I can get out and plant up my garden for this year. Hope you have a good gardening year (your rhubarb looks good). xx Maggie

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Ros. Have wondered if you're ok? Been absent to woyww myself on and off so lost track and popped over to see. Hope you're just busy.
Love the gum, just superb... what a find.... and rhubarb yum! Mum always made creamed rice to have with stewed rhubarb. God bless dear Ros. Take care. Shaz in Oz.xxx

RosA said...

Hi Ros, Yes, I was also just wondering if you are OK? Hopefully, just busy.
RosA

Shoshi said...

Sorry to hear your mojo has departed of late, Ros, and hope it returns soon!

Thanks for your visit and your nice comment. I am feeling tons better now, thanks. Glad you like my Zentangle/teabag art work - this is something I am really enjoying! I have to continue work on my recycled mini-album but really looking forward to getting my new sewing machine going and really getting started with the teabag art. Meantime, I am busy saving teabags which are EVERYWHERE in my ARTHaven these days!!

Shoshi

Neesie said...

Well hello there Rita,
I have no idea why I haven't seen your blog or visited lately but it's lovely to find you once again.
I saw you over at Jenn's place... (justaddwatersilly)and thought I'd pop by to say hello.
I loved seeing your garden and hearing about how everything needs special attention for the heat. Oh how I wish... she says sitting right next to the woodburner!
It certainly looks like you've a beautiful addition to your garden and such a bargin too.
Have a wonderful Christmas and hopefully I'll find some time to scoot back through your posts to catch up.
Enjoy the festivities xoxo

Neesie said...

Sorry Ros, I think I might have written Rita instead of Ros by mistake. I've just been writing to a Rita in North Dakota so maybe that's it or maybe it's down to the little nip of sherry (hic) please forgive ;D