Firstly there is of course the Plum tree, and as you saw in the last post are beautiful. I won’t repeat the wonderful display, however, just behind the plum tree is the Purple podded peas. They have the most a very petite flower out of which the pod grows.
Now, about 10 metres infront of the plum tree is a display of pink cyclamens in a pot. We don’t touch this pot from year to year, and I just give it a handful of dynamic lifter at the start of Autumn and away it goes. Cyclamens are Kim’s favourite flower, and if you are ever looking for a gift for her, you can’t go wrong with buying a pot of these flowers for her!
Walking around the back of the house, the next blooms you run into are the nasturtiums. I planted a half a bed of these with some sweetpea, but the nasturtiums won out. Here are a yellow and an orange flower from different plants. The entire bed is about to bloom into colour, with buds all over the plants. These flowers are the early starters.
Two beds along are some Daikon radishes that have gone to seed. I always let a few plants of each type go to seed to see what type of flowers they produce and see if I can collect the seeds. Very small, white/pink flowers in clusters.
Now last, but not least, and not a flower any more, are some Lilly Pilly berries. I tried one yesterday, and they are tart but sweet. A little like a pomegranate in texture, but certainly not as sweet. There are only about 10 berries on the plant, and only one of the three lilly pillys I have flower, so maybe if I fertilise a little more next year, I will have better luck. I have heard that they have lots of pectin in them, so are a great additive for most types of jams. I had better pick them all before the native birds decide to have a feast. I kept the single seed that I found inside the berry to see if I can grow a plant from it. I will leave it to dry for a few months and see what happens.