Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Amazingly tough and hard working

No, I'm certainly not talking about myself.  Summer is tough at the grove.  Although it is fractionally cooler than where we live in the city, and being close to the coast always gets whatever sea breeze is going (sometimes that's a gale!) it looks very dry and barren.  The little grass dries up and blows away, grasshoppers eat anything green and my few poor fruit trees shrivel. BUT I have some ornamental plants which do amazingly well and look cheerful on no fertiliser and no water.  Here they are.
At this point I had intended to add some photos which I took yesterday.  But my blogger dashboard has changed and it wont allow me to 'browse' and load photos from my desktop!!! ARGH.  It is probably my fault and relates to something I have inadvertently clicked.  So I'll just give you a boring list.
To clarify, these are all exotics, and not native
  1. Bougainvillea.  I have five big plants, at the moment smothered in colour.  Real stand outs with hot cheerful colour.  Apart from the white one at the gate, which looks white and cool, not hot at all.
  2. Ground cover lantana.  This is a toughy.  It is isn't the noxious weed one which causes so much trouble in the eastern states.  It is bright yellow and ground hugging,and flowers for months.
  3. Oleander.  They get bad press because they are poisonous, but so are lots of plants, including daffodils and no one hates them.  I saw oleanders growing in Italy as spectacular features and resolved to resurrect their reputation a little bit. Mine are pink, and are looking very stylish.
  4. Rosemary.  What is not to like about rosemary?  It smells good, you can use it in cooking, the bees love it, and it is so tough
  5. Lavender.  Ditto for lavender, though I don't think it is terribly useful for cooking.  I have infused some olive oil with it, having plans to make some soothing ointment with oil and beeswax.
  6. Lagestroemia. 'Crepe Myrtle' is the common name, and it is easier to spell. When we originally planned the grove, it was suggested that we plant almond trees along the drive. I took a unilateral decision and planted crepe myrtle instead.  I thought this was the all round super ornamental shrub.  It flowers with a profusion of blossom in summer, the leaves develop autumn colour, and the trunks, as the plant matures, are gorgeously shiny and patterned.  To be honest, they have struggled a bit, and after 10 years are no where as tall as I had hoped, but they are starting to make the sort of display I had hoped for.
  7. Plumbago.  This one also hasn't been quite as tough as I had hoped.  It is an old fashioned plant that Nannas used to grow as a hedge.  I like it for its mass of blue flowers in summer.  One cultivar has amazing ink blue flowers.  I have put two near the blue house, but sadly something is eating them.  Either the kangaroos or rabbits like them, or it is the grasshoppers.  I'll try a tree guard, though that wont fix the grasshopper issue. 
Hooray.  The system has relented and is letting me put photos in!
Bi colour bouganivillaea

golden lantana

bougainvillaea, rosemary, lavender, plumbago


Crepe myrtle

White Bougainvillaea
I wish I could have shown you the photographs! (And now I can!)

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