Monday, September 20, 2010

Different strokes

They're doing it again. Lots of plants are flowering. Well, it is spring and so that's to be expected, but every year they manage to do it slightly differently, and so I thought I'd just point my camera at a couple of them, to show the many lovely and different ways you can go about being a flower.

For starters you could just try being enormous. That usually works a treat.

And when you do clusters of enormous blooms in long, arching sprays, you'll probably get a standing ovation. It's no wonder orchids are so popular, and here in Sydney's warm but not quite subtropical climate, cymbidium orchids are as tough as old boots, even if they do look as pretty as a party frock.

Another great option for flowers is to smell delicious and then bear delicious fruits later on. This is my Eureka lemon, doing it again and again.

Another option is to flower in symphony with your cousins, and so the fragrant, delicious Tahitian lime is also flowering at the same time as its lemony cousin.

If you're a succulent, a good option is to be a bit quirky and strange, such as these Gasteria flowers, whose stalks rise 30-60cm above the plant and catch the morning sun. I am sure I have seen some cooling summer ice-creams in that red, cream and green colour scheme?

Finally, you could be cute and fascinating even before you flower. I just love the nodding heads of Iceland poppies, which look to me like so many people in a meeting. I am sure that their little meeting passed a resolution to do the right thing and flower sometime tomorrow afternoon. These wonderful plants have been flowering since mid July and they might even set a new Amateur Land record by flowering until the end of October.

Sydney is an evergreen land, a lucky place to be a gardener where there is something happening every moment of the year. But we do still have our colourful burst of growth and flower colour each spring. I'm patiently waiting for three different blue-flowered beauties to do their thing next month, in October, but in the meantime the current carnival of colour provides more than enough entertainment.


lotusleaf said...

The last ones look like sleepy children on a Monday morning!

julie paterson - garden said...

gorgeous pics..poppies are so beautiful even when closed in bud....

Charlotte said...

Lovely pix Jamie. Those orchids are a wonder.

Have been thinking of you recently as I pondered my appalling lack of broad bean pods and watched the flowers drop drop drop, and was about to call in the GA advice ambulance, but have one teeny pod appearing, finally!

Are you doing broad beans?

missy said...

Great photos of everything competing for attention. Spring is just the best time isn't it.

Jamie said...

Hang in there with the broad beans. In my first season with them I planted them too early, and so they flowered early and it seemed for a while that nothing was going to happen. Then, finally, the pods started forming.
The second time round with broad beans I planted them later, they flowered later, once spring was quite warm, and they went into pod-forming mode straight away.
It sound like your pods are starting to form now, so be patient and your rewards will be yummy!

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Oh! Those flowers caught my attention. It seems you have a great flower gardens. How I wish I could have a cool garden like yours. Keep it up!


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