In The Garden by Diana Barrie
After a windy springday, I went around the garden to see what was blown around and damaged. Fortunately, very little and even the "my little treasures" have survived the wind. But what does not survive in a suburban garden in Melbourne are plant name tags or recently (well at the beginning of Autumn) planted bulbs all thanks to the Black Birds who enjoy distributing the mulch or using it for their nests such as the one in the Clematis fasciculitflora. I love this Clematis as it has been flowering all winter, is evergreen and the bees love it. With the bulbs found over the ground earlier in the year, they were put back, but the labels have often been found some distance away and so here are two Tulips without labels thanks to the Black Birds.
Tulipa saxatilis ( below)
Cyclamen persicum was grown from seed (May 2010) from Gavin Grey. The Muscari is M. armenian from AGS seed 2005. More Cyclamen seedlings are either flowering or just finishing which is very rewarding for a very beginner seed grower.
Cyclamen pseudibericum (below)
Cyclamen persicum (below).
Also flowering nicely are the Epimediums, here are two varieties that I have flowering well after some good rains and a relatively cold winter for us. They are Epimedium versicolor 'Sulphureum' (below)
and the other is Epimedium pubescens.
In pots the Dendrobiums are flourishing, as this one shows.