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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Selections # 235

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I will show you how things are settling and beginning to grow in my garden.

You'll notice there are still plenty of bare patches, I hope those will get filled by the succulents as they spread, although that will take a couple of seasons. The waiting is the hard part.

Aeonium, short black. well, that's what the label says.

Aeonium black rose. this is a taller variety and I have several cuttings from a neighbour.

Aeonium blushing beauty on the left, this will develop more pink on its leaves as the weather warms, another short black on the right.

This taller green Aeonium belongs to my neighbour P, I have several cuttings the same, but not from this plant.

This is the flower which will eventually appear on my green Aeoniums. Pretty stunning eh?

This is Angel,

enjoying the sights and smells of the great outdoors; behind him you can see how well my jades are doing.

I love the leaf colour on the coprosma; I have two, these have been a bit slow to get started, they're just about double the size from planting. I hope they'll make faster progress in spring and summer.

The chooks, Harry and Henry, are still happily pecking and watching the world go by; they seem to have lost their feet in the mulch.

Looks like there'll be a good show of bluebells this season; the fine strappy leaves just behind to the left are starflowers.

My dusty millers have doubled in size, I'd like a couple more of these.

This is the overgrown echeveria given to me by neighbour T, I have the pot propping it up, once it is better established, I'll take cuttings from it and fill my porch with pots.
Looking down into the pot there......

I'm not getting over-excited about this just yet, but I do believe it is a baby apricot tree. Out of the dozens of seeds I planted, finally, one tree.

Two more echeverias, un-named, the label just reads gardeners choice, the ruffly one does also have 'fancy-leaf' on the label. They will each grow to be about 30cm across before they set "pups"

This miniature echeveria is only 6cm across and will eventually reach 10cm, then set pups and form a mound of rosettes eventually.

Echeveria black prince is harder to see against the mulch, it will grow to 15cm.

Grape hyacinths have begun to appear

The first kangaroo paw of the season. I've been waiting for these, my daughter's have been blooming for a couple of weeks now.

I'm happy with the grevilleas this year, last year they each had only one or two tiny flowers at a time, this one now has a half dozen just like that one above.

This is Senecio blue chalk sticks, it will spread and wind through the garden for a couple of metres, I have three pieces.

Sedum jelly beans, the smaller right side is all new growth.

Sedum gold mound is a small leaf groundcover, should reach a couple of metres in all directions. There is a smaller green one which isn't doing so well.

Another cutting from T, I don't know what it is, but I have several of them.

Also unknown to me, but look, it's growing. See the tiny new yellow tips? Right on top there.

I still have cuttings on the porch, I'm going to leave these here to overgrow the pot.

And now for the latest additions....a couple of cheeky miners have found their way to my patch.

So cute. They need names....I'm thinking Paddy and Mike.


  1. Ahh, this is crazy! I'm still waking up on a Saturday morning. :)

  2. Looking good. Looking very promising. My first star flower is out, but I don't have any grape hyacinths yet.
    Angel is, as always, beautiful.

  3. You will be overgrown in no time. This is the third summer for the four tiny succulents I planted and they have nearly taken over the spot I assigned them. What a handsome fellow is that Angel!

  4. Looks like you are having some real success. Angel has become camera shy and won't look at the lens. So, the miners are Irish then?

  5. you have Harry and Henry, and Paddy and Mike to to help you with the gardening, but I do think you should buy Angel two pairs of gardening gloves and a spade, perhaps a rake, too so he can give you a paw!

    I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, River...and, of course, cuddles to Angel and a couple of miaows of goodwill from Remy and Shama. :)

  6. Happy Christine; go back to bed.....come back tomorrow :)

    Elephant's Child; my starflowers were very slow to appear last year. on the upside, there is wattle blooming here now. Yay!
    Angel says Jazz and Jewel are beautiful too.

    Joanne; I hope they will make fast progress through our spring, I know the summer heat will slow them down. Angel is nice to look at, but hard to live with. Spoilt brat.

    Andrew; Angel was watching someone walking on the footpath, deciding whether he should run and hide..
    Yes, Irish miners, hopefully cousins to a leprechaun and they'll dig me up some gold.

    Lee; Angel would chew the gloves to bits and bury the spade. He was very cuddly early this morning, until he realised I wasn't about to leap out of bed and feed him. Then he bit my hand, not hard, just showing displeasure. Too bad, I knew there was dry food in the kitchen bowl. Meows back to Remy and Shama.

  7. Here is my post for this week -

    Sunday Selections Week 31

    I also have posts scheduled for the next two Sundays but I won't be here to post the links, as I mention in the post I link to, I am having a little blog holiday. :)

    I am enjoying your Sunday Selections and intend to keep posting them for at least the next 6 months. :)

  8. That's a great collection of succulents. The black Aeonium in particular is beautiful!

  9. Paddy and Mike look right at home in your growing garden. Lovely to see how everything is coming along so nicely!
    And, wonderful to see beautiful Angel.

  10. Oh your succulent's are doing well serving the winter chill down there.
    Love your gnomes..
    Kangaroo Paws is nice too, hoping to see some down south here in WA...

  11. Craig; I do like the black aeoniums, but I need to lighten up with more green ones, don't want a black garden.

    Vicki; I wanted to buy Paddy and Mike several months ago, then when I saw them on "clearance" for half price on Saturday, I knew their time had come. Angel loves being outside.

    whiteangel; I'm hoping the succulents will start to spread out this summer. Paddy and Mike are cute aren't they? I have kangaroo paws in several colours, I'm hoping they'll all flower again, some haven't done well since I planted them last autumn.

  12. It is time to visit the local nursery!