21 November, 2012

Our Garden: 2012


Kunzea Baxteri

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In the period 2009-2010 the front and rear gardens were redeveloped and a large number and wide variety of Australian native plants were added; the winter of 2010 was a time when the rear garden was dug up and the creation of an “L” shaped garden provided a border for a 35 sq.m. of buffalo grass. (See Our Garden: 2009-2010 and Our Garden:2011).

Springtime is when the garden is at its best. For the spring of 2012 the display of flowers was not all that much different to that for last year. The major difference was the increase in the size of the plants and the subsequent decrease in vacant spaces. This notable change enabled the garden to discard its ornamental appearance; the garden now has more the look of natural bush land.

During April 2102 a small section of the front garden was dug up – four bushes, and one small tree were planted. This section is referred to as Jenny’s Corner. Jenny, Patsy’s sister, is a keen gardener and she delighted in recommending the appropriate plants for this section of the garden.

Jenny's Corner  -  Watch this Space

Our garden contains a small number of non-Australian plants. Most notable are three proteas – Braidwood Brilliant (similar to NSW Waratah), Little Prince, and King White.

Proteas are native to southern Africa and belong to the same family of plants (the family Proteaceae) as the Australian banksias, grevilleas and waratahs. The name ‘protea’ is commonly used to refer not only to plants in the genus Protea, but also to plants in two other genera from southern Africa: Leucadendron and LeucospermumThe family Proteaceae is an ancient family of plants with a Gondwanan ancestry - it was one of the earliest groups of flowering plants and was able to disperse and diversify throughout Gondwana before the supercontinent disintegrated. With about 1600 species, it is one of the plant groups which now dominate the southern hemisphere floras.

Reference: Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (NSW)

The King White was added to our garden in September 2010. When it reached a supported height of just over a metre, I decided to lay it on the ground to stimulate its growth. From that time its branches have spread and there are now several vertical shoots.

Perhaps in the coming years we will see a display of King Whites similar to those shown in the photo.

The slideshow illustrates over a period of 4-5 months my observations of the growth of this flower from the time I spotted a small bud to the time when the flower started to deteriorate.

To better view this video go to You Tube where you have the option to view the video on a full screen.

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