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This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2011

This is a small selection from the spring happenings in the garden ... I think my passion for pinks and purples is showing ...

Australian Native Hibiscus: Alygyone heuglii

African and Seaside Daisies: Osteospermum ecklonis and Erigeron karvinskianus 

Diggers Speedwell; Derwentia perfoliata

Chocolate Lily: Arthropodium strictum

Spindly Gervillia: Grevillea endlicheriana

Crab Apple: Malus ioensis


17 comments:

  1. Catmint, I wonder how much of the colour in your garden is pink/purple...it'd be interesting, if more people used a theme like this, carrying it through, a single colour or shade.

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  2. Loved all the pink and purple, especially that Chocolate Lily and the native Hibiscus. When I look around my garden, I also see a lot of pink and purple.

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  3. Pinks and purples are perfect for the spring. they are lovely colors in your garden.

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  4. Pink and purple make a pretty combination. And these flowers are exeptional. I like that dogwood a lot!

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  5. I LOVE Derwentia perfoliata! I bought a little seedling which grew prostrate for the first 6 months and has now decided to stand up!

    I saw a planting compination the other day that looked fantastic: Agonis 'Burgundy' and Grevillea endlicheriana as a screen. It looked fantastic! The contrast of the soft grey grevillea foliage and the dark of the agonis as well as the pinkiy grevillea flowers are simple and stunning!

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  6. Your flowers are certainly colour co-ordinated, very pretty. Is this a linking theme round all your garden, I find these colours are a favourite with the bees and butterflies too so have plenty of them everywhere.

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  7. What beautiful and interesting blooms. I'm especially fond of the Chocolate Lily and the Dogwood, though I am drawn to the Hibiscus and wish one for my garden. Let's face it, I love them all, even the name Spindly Gervillia!

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  8. Hi Catmint, I love a purple/pink combo! Also red/purple and yellow/purple. So,you have smelled the Chocolate Lilly, worth getting on your knees for aren't they? Or maybe they grow taller in Melbourne than Sydney?

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  9. Hi Faisal, I do think colour schemes are interesting. I find it easier to mostly have pastels though in the past few years I developed a love for orange.

    Hi Bernie, maybe we have similar tastes, and / or maybe we influence each other!

    Thanks Tina.

    Hi Stephanie, the dogwood is quite spectacular at the moment.

    Dear Phoebe, that sounds a divine combo. Derwentias are so wonderful, mine stood up when the weather got wet.

    Hi Pauline, every year I notice the bees and butterflies are fewer, very sad.

    dear TVF, thanks for the chuckle, spindly grevillea is not such a luscious sounding name, is it?

    Hi Re, certainly worth getting down on your knees for it - chocolate without the calories - yum!

    cheers, catmint

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  10. It's interesting and just popped into my head....I notice in spring that we have a lot of red and purple flowers as well....eventually as the heat increases, those flowers are replaced with yellows, oranges, and blues.

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  11. Great plants in your Spring garden. I suppose in the UK most people would associative yellow as the colour of Spring.

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  12. That chocolate lily is lovely Catmint..and I've got lots of pink and purple in my garden too :)

    It's really nice to see your spring flowers as we settle into a cold, windy Autumn over here - you brighten my day!

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  13. Dear Rohrerbot, I think that is interesting too, I wonder if part of the reason is do with insects - I think different insects are attracted to particular colours.

    Dear Alastair, I suppose William Wordsworth had a lot to with that ...

    Dear Nutty, I'm so happy if from right across the world I brighten your chilly day.

    cheers, catmint

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  14. ooh, that chocolate lily is really pretty!

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  15. They're all lovely, but surely that dogwood is a crab apple? How did your Open Garden go on the weekend?

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  16. Thanks for opening your garden yesterday, most inspiring! I went off to the nursery first thing this morning and got a 'smoke bush' among other bits and pieces. Looking forward to going out once the rain stops.

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  17. thanks for the comment, Wendy. Chocolate lily is great and has no calories - I think - if you did eat it, which would be a shame ...

    thanks Lyn, I don't know why I get confused between dogwood and crab apple - I'll correct it now. re how open garden went - just finished and published post on it.

    dear Vicki, I'm so pleased you found it inspiring - I'd love to keep in touch and hear how it all goes (i.e.grows).

    cheers, catmint

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