Here are the top 5 highlights from the past week in my garden.
1. This is the newest addition to my collection of starfish flowers. I was quite excited when my eyes landed upon this plant. I was that excited I quickly found the closest worker in the shop to find the keys to unlock the cage that this little gem was sitting in. Cage? Yes, this was locked away in a cage to prevent the odd wondering hand from breaking a piece off as propagation material. The vibrant lime green flowers are what makes this species of Orbea the most unusual and rare. This unique and beautiful plant is known as Orbea semota v lutea.
2. In the garden there is a Hibiscus tree that is over 15 years old. Over the last few years it has always struggled to produce a good show of flowers. But this year it is covered in these beautiful white blooms. These white flowers are almost the size of a plate!
3. Spotted around the garden are the vibrant yellow flowers of my Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Gingers. Early last year these gingers were cut down to ground level, and some plants were removed to reduce them from spreading too far. Because of the nature of these plants they will need to be thinned out again this year as they have been multiplying by the dozen. Once they go dormant in the cooler weather I will dig them up and separate them to allow room for other plants to grow
4. Out of all the plants I own this is one I really treasure and love. This brilliant plant is known as Dioscorea elephantipes. It has been putting on a lot of new growth and is almost ready to be re-potted into a 6″inch pot.
5. I have been waiting and watching the flower buds on my Dichroa febrifuga ‘Evergreen Hydrangea’ over the past 3 weeks. Finally the buds have burst open to reveal these delicate purple star shaped flowers.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs