Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Mellow afternoon;

Today in the garden;


The sheer exuberance of flowers is amazing. Each flower is at least 30 cm long.

This tree is fairly large, standing under it, surrounded by these bells, slightly swaying, is utterly wonderful. At nightfall and early morning its fine perfume is released; a true double whammy.

Solenostemon; this one with its red splashes looks like done by an unskilled painter. Still quite attractive colours,

Solenostemon, commonly known as Coleus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. Several species formerly included have been moved to the genus Plectranthus. They are native to tropical Africa, Asia and Australia. 

Here highlighted by the sun.

Roots produced by a Crucifix Orchid/Epidendrum.

Autumn is announced by the papery blossoms of a Camellia sasanqua. The first to bloom. 

Cordylines are always attractive. Especially these strap leaves in soft gelati colours.

Geraniums/Pelargoniums  have a comeback now.

Penta, attractive in many beautiful colours, a must have in subtropical gardens.

Vanda orchid, pure white flowers always a delight this time of year.

Just a  snapshot of a few flowers belonging to a huge shrub, Lycianthes rantonettii.  All summer long it is a  hub of  bees and butterflies. Generally the flowers ar e much darker, but it may sport a few white ones or in soft blue hues.

Clytostoma a strong climber may become a favourite with its lovely trumpet flowers weavin  through trees and waving them high above into the sky.

Believe it or not:

MISCHIEF shows in the leaves, but lies at the root.

©Photos/Text Ts  Lavender & Vanilla


  1. You have a beautiful garden. Aren't those trumpet flowers poisonous?

    1. Diane,
      Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Brugmansia are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit. Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit. All seven species are listed as Extinct in the Wild.

      Like many other ornamental plants, all parts of Brugmansia can be toxic.
      Even a green potato can be deadly if someone eats it! Potatoes are also solanaceae plants.