The Sunday Selections # 267 that almost wasn't

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 have a few garden photos for you.

remember this fleshy leaved plant from a few weeks ago? The one growing sideways there. 
I like the way new growth appears at the leaf where it joins the stem, but did you know it also flowers?

I didn't. Look at all those tiny white buds :)

see the tiny flowers?  there's one dead centre and one slightly left of centre.

Moses-in-a-basket has taken off like a rocket. I've put a piece in the garden and given pieces to several people. I may have to move it out of the pot altogether; put it in the garden where it can spread to its full size.

flower of moses-in-a-basket.

this echeveria (?) has formed a lovely multiple head which may eventually fill the pot, I'll pull out the marigolds once they've flowered and give it the space.

looking into the centre of the biggest 'cup'

marigolds are popping up in most of the pots. Some have flowered and died and I was going to pull them out when I noticed a tiny, tiny, baby praying mantis on one of the plants.
It's the same pale brown as the dead plant and if it hadn't moved, I never would have seen it. Now I have two praying mantises :)

new red-brown leaves growing on P's hoya. There were 5 heads of flower buds too and I planned on taking photos once they opened, but I was out for the day and when I got home, someone had cut them off :(

my mint is making some lovely new growth after a severe 'haircut'

freesia bulbs have sprouted already, a few weeks ago, in the heat of summer!

grape hyacinth is up too.


and anemone too. 

Under the windmill, one lonely ixia is growing tall already too. I don't expect flowers from any of these yet, it's far too soon.


  1. Nice garden - The third photo - What an interesting plant, what is it?

  2. Someone cut off your hoya blooms? Hiss and spit. Our bulbs are shooting too. Way too early.
    Why was this post the one that nearly wasn't? And I am very glad it is.

  3. Moses in a Basket, haha. Never heard of it. I don't think a marigold will inhibit the echeveria. What a meanie to cut your hoya flowers, especially as they stay on the plant for so long.

  4. Moses in a Basket? Love it! My Granny used to call that plant 'Wandering Jew'.

  5. Praying Mantis...the garden's best friend. How wonderful you spotted the little one.

    We called the purple plant "Wandering Jew", too.

    What a shame someone cut off the Hoya flower buds. Stupid thing to do!

    Have a great week, River...and cuddles to your furry mate, Angel. :)

  6. Gracwe; the third photo is the flower head of the fleshy leaved plant in the first and second photos. I have no idea what it is. I saw a broken off section on the side of the road one day and picked it up to plant. It's doing very well.

    Elephant's Child; there's a couple of suspects who might have taken the hoyas, but I can't be sure, so won't be pointing any fingers.
    I've been a bit down since Jon English died and on top of that I've been finding blogging more a chore than fun lately, so I'd been putting off organising photos for Sunday Selections, then yesterday I really felt like just crawling back into bed and not even turning on the computer. in the end, I had several extra sweet coffees and gave myself a good kick in the pants, mentally, not literally.
    I am going to cut back a bit though, maybe give Thursday Thoughts a miss for a while.

    Author R Mac Wheeler; we're heading into autumn here, but yes, achooo, and quite a lot of them. I have hayfever about 10 months of the year.

    Andrew; I featured the moses-in-a-basket here several months ago when I first brought home a piece I'd nicked from a large plant overgrowing a footpath near a bus stop.
    I'd been looking forward to featuring the new hoya flowers :(

    The Cranky; it's known as Wandering Jew here too, but so are many other creeping types, so I'm calling it Moses-in-a-basket, which is what I've heard others call it.

    Lee; I had a look for the baby mantis this morning and couldn't find him, the big one is hiding too, he's on a different plant, a plastic one! I don't know how he survives on a plastic plant, I supposes there's enough tiny insects in there for him.
    I'll be keeping a closer eye on the hoya now, if it happens again, I'll move it up onto the porch where I can see it from inside. Sometimes I wish I had a security camera set up. Hugs to Remy and Shama.

  7. Moses in the basket, great name for a plant.
    Love mint.

  8. I love the succulents and those little flowers are so cute.
    My mum used to call it "Moses in the bullrushes" and I always loved them.
    Why would anyone cut flowers off the hoya? Do the survive as cut flowers I wonder? Ours is flowering now. It is completely pot bound in a hanging basket where it's been for years and years.
    The bulbs are early but with this crazy what can you expect? Nearly 40 in Perth today and forecast 40 for tomorrow. One wonders when it will end. Would love some rain.


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