Sunday Selections # 201

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 TheElephant’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 have my garden again. 

all the garden beds within the grounds have recently been mulched, this is something that happens every year. All my pots of bulbs were moved, so now I don't know which contains what, and several small cuttings have been lost under the mulch. I know where they were, but I just can't find them.

I planned on putting a couple of garden chairs in this empty space for older people to rest on their way to and from the shop. The mulch is fairly high though, so maybe a couple of non-slip pavers as well. Eventually. Next year.

a couple of newbies, cineraria silverdust.

according to the label these will grow about 60cm high and have clusters of yellow flowers in the spring.

my neighbour P brought me this half empty punnet of what I call freckle plants, she has planted three in the section of garden by her flat.

so of course I planted them. Two are mostly pink with green splotches,

the third is mostly green with pink splotches.  they are a fairly small plant not growing much past my ankles, little rounded mounds of colour.

my stocks have started flowering

and the marigolds have too,

in orange...

and yellow. These will self seed if I let them and keep coming up year after year.

the flowers on the kangaroo paws, (all of them) have died and I should cut them out to allow new ones to grow, I'll get around to that soon. I cut back my daughter's kangas and she has a lovely new flush of flowers on them, but the new flowers were already showing when I did the cutting, so maybe I'll wait a bit longer and see if mine do the same.

my hollyhocks aren't as tall as they should be, you may recall me saying I planted them too late in the season, but they're growing still, so I have hopes of flowers eventually.

the hollyhocks in the footpath garden a bit further down the road are as tall as me and flowering well. 

in the front garden bed the agapanthus have begun flowering.

this garden bed is the only one with white agapanthus

I like these better than the more usual purple, which some people call blue. The same colour as our wonderful jacarandas.

twin buds ready to bloom above a dying rose

the same twin buds two days later.


  1. Woo Hoo. It is looking GOOD. I hope the missing cuttings reappear.
    PS: I have been meaning to say for ages just how much I love your header... that is a spot I would really like to spend a few hours in.

  2. The Silverdust is lovely. I've not seen it in years and years. We had it growing when I was a kid...and that IS years and years ago!

    I've got some agapanthus growing out from my back door...mine are white, too. When I planted them, a few years ago now, I thought they were the purple ones and, even though I do like the white, I was disappointed they weren't purple. All along the road as I drive from home to the supermarket at this time of the year it is a vision to behold with the purple agapanthus at ground level and the lavender jacaranda above. Beautiful!

    I, too, hope your cuttings reappear...hopefully, some at least will.

    Have a good week, River...and cuddles to Angel. :)

  3. We call Silverdust "Dusty Miller" here. Joe used to mistakenly call them "Earl Grays". (he's a city boy)

    When we first relocated from Indiana to Florida I planted all my regulars, and everything DIED in a week. I've had to readjust what I like versus what will grow.

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  5. wow you have had some great flowers as the same as mine in summer. But now is winter...

  6. The mulch is a good idea; too bad the workers weren't careful adding their mulch to the garden you obviously started. That said; it's looking very nice.

  7. Elephant's Child; I love my header too, so much that I haven't changed it since the blog began. I pretend it is in the bottom of "my back garden" and I can sit there on hot summer evenings. Dreams are wonderful aren't they?

    Lee; this is the first silverdust I've seen in many years too. They're more common in old cottage gardens. I've given up hope for the cuttings, I'll get more from the same place and replant.
    I can imagine how pretty your purple vista must be.

    lotta joy; yes, dusty miller, I was going to get some from the big nursery, then my local supermarket had a plant stand out in front and these were there very cheap. I went back the next day for two more but they were all gone.
    I'm also constantly readjusting what I like to what will grow here.

    Gosia K; welcome to drifting. It's nice that we have opposing seasons, we can see your snow and 'feel' cooler in our summer heat and you can see our sunny gardens and flowers and imagine the warmth.

    Joanne; they're council workers, many of them on the 'work for the dole' scheme so they don't know much apart from spread this stuff over every garden bed. If I'd been home when they did the work I would have saved the cuttings and moved the bulbs pots myself.

  8. I was only thinking about you yesterday and hoping you would do more about your garden in Sunday Selections and you have so thank you for reading my mind.
    That mulch looks great and I'll have to see if we can't get some on our gardens as they dry out so quickly. I think if we buy a load we can get Ron (our gardening chap) to spread it for us. Will have to check with him.
    I love everything you have planted and now you will have surprises when pots that were moved begin to flower.
    The idea of two chairs for people is so thoughtful of you and I hope they appreciate it.
    Those plants that were gift I know well but can't remember the name. I think my sister-in-law used to grow them years ago.

  9. The silver cineraria is interesting. I look forward to seeing what it looks like when it flowers.

  10. Mimsie; the pots that were moved held the spring bulbs, the freesias, anemones etc and they have died down now, I'll be lifting and cleaning them tomorrow and storing to plant again next autumn. I'm hoping that nobody steals the chairs after I put them out.

    Andrew; me too. I vaguely remember them from years ago, but only recall the colour. I'm not going to wait, I'll google for images.

  11. They're all so pretty - but what a shame I have a BLACK thumb!! We tried to grow Kangaroo Paws a while ago and managed to kill them, although they're supposed to be indestructible. Statice is about the only thing that thrives, then the parrots come and nip all the flowers off! Just as well there are Botanic Gardens :D

  12. Lots of flowers, I do like freckle plants, pink and green you can't go wrong with that.

  13. It's truly lovely River, it's coming along beautifully. You have a natural green thumb, mine must be shrivelled and brown me-thinks :)

  14. I admire your dedication to your garden. It is truly beautiful.

  15. Red Nomad OZ; I fear I may be giving mine too much water, so I'll be cutting back on that, most of the plants in that bed are pretty well established by now anyway. I must remember to get a photo of my daughter's kanga paws.

    Merle; I hope those freckle plants survive, they're looking good right now, but still small. Pink and green is a favourite combination of mine, my bedroom is pink and green in many different shades.

    Rose ~ from OZ; not as green as you think, this garden is very much a trial and error endeavour.

    Delores; thank you. I don't know about the dedication part, it's more along the lines of get out there and work for a few hours then forget about it for a fortnight. Which is why I'm choosing plants that can tolerate neglect.


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