Introducing Dahlia "Timothy Hammet"
An evergreen with cascading branches..
The result of cross hybridising D tenucaulis, D apiculata and D coccinea...
It looks just like a small version of the tree dahlia..
Which I can't fit into my garden.
This little beauty grows to a metre and a half high...just perfect.
I just might buy another.
Flowering in June
Introducing Dahlia "Timothy Hammet"
The tree dahlias can be kept at a reasonable height by lopping them early in the season Dianne. This one is a beauty indeed.
That is a lovely little Dahlia Dianne. I have not seen it come to bloom, having foolishly left it behind at another garden. Did you get yours from Lambley Nursery? Dahlias are fun. We have a few here including 'Bishop of Llandaff'. The Bishop is quite promiscuous! There are numerous bronze leafed seedlings that come up each year here of various shapes and forms. We have kept a couple and grow them on each year without bothering to give them a name.
Pam's tip is a good one. We have kept D. imperialis to about 2 m high by cutting it early at the first node and repeating that treatment a couple of times in the growing season. Each "Y" gives two lovely, if somewhat smaller panicles of bloom.
Away from Dahlias; here is Kniphofia 'Winter Cheer' growing quite happily in the jungle.
We have kept D. imperialis to about 2 m high by cutting it early at the first node and repeating that treatment a couple of times in the growing season. Each "Y"
And any tips removed (particularly in the first few weeks of the growing season) will strike very easily as cuttings too.
That's a gorgeous scene, Wayne.
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Dianne that is beautiful ...it really does look similar.
Wayne you still have Autumn leaves? mine are gone ...even the Ginko which is usually last to leave.
Don't you love the colours in the new Crepe Myrtle leaves ...really pretty.
Wayne are you going to go into the garden contest at BGI it's opened today and goes until the 10th of this month, just 2 pics a day ...they can be from last couple of seasons because it's Winter and it's any blooms, not just Brugs. If you get in by midnight you can still enter. :) Great way to meet people who love their gardens.
This past autumn in Sydney has been the best I have seen for colour in years. Yes Chrissy, I love the Crepe Myrtles very much too. We have the old pink Lagerstroemia indica that was here when we moved in 14 years ago. This tree had been brutalised by pruning. We have selectively pruned, and now a lovely canopy about 5 m in diameter has formed. This is presently festooned with Old Man's Beard (Tillandsia). Added to this lovely old tree are 3 trees from the "Indian Summer" range. Here is 'Natchez'. I particularly like this one for its bark which reminds me of cinnamon sticks! This one has white flowers and was planted in memory of a dear friend. Some of you might remember the red painted bench we use to have under this tree. Unfortunately it rotted away earlier this year. There are also 2 Indian Summer 'Tuscarora' and one seedling tree that a student grew on several years ago for me. It is a single white with spectacular "red" autumn leaves and bark that peels away in great twisted rolls. Love it!
No Chrissy, won't be subbing to that comp. Hope you win those seeds though, the parents are real stunners!
Not a flower in sight, but that one is absolutely stunning Wayne.
I love the full size tree Dahlia, they are in flower every where here, but any space in my garden is reserved for Brugs, that's why I was so pleased to find this one.
It came from a very large local nursery, Wayne. Wombat Nursery....first time that they have sold them..I think that they are great...they have very woody stems so I think they should be ok for cuttings too.........beautiful pic of your garden, great for the competition...
Yes, Chrissy...I think that the newer varieties of Crepe myrtle have been exceptional in their colouring this year...best year ever for mine....especially L ''Miami'' and ''Sioux''.......I have "Tuscarora and Zuni" too but they are only about 120 cm tall.
Sounds like you have a well stocked local nursery Dianne.
Best thing with the "Indian Summer" Crepe Myrtles is their resistance to powdery mildew. Our humidity in summer can cause great outbreaks on the old indica varieties. Here is the old one I mentioned above. It is not particularly pron to disease, just gets the odd branch here and there.
That is Tagetes lemmonii in the foreground.
You're very lucky if you have a good nursery nearby. In Melbourne I used to make treks to Poynton's nursery and Essendon Plant Farm. There's nothing comparable within reasonable commuting distance here.
Here's my small Tulbaghia Fragrans Alba (one I bought), still in its pot. Scented, but nothing to write home about.
A bit hard to see as again the sun is shining on the plant. This correa was a tiny cutting about 7 years ago. It grew like a weed and is at present hanging over a 5' fence. It is never without flowers , no matter what the weather.
I have several others out the front , all cutting grown which seem to thrive here.
Very pretty abutilon, Jean. I think one of my baby plants might have a flower like that (will have to wait until it flowers to know). Does it also have variegated leaves?
Not this one Cestrum. It looks just as the openr flowered ones and grows as big too.
My variegated small one hasnt flowered as yet. It has been hidden behind all the large ones and the huge Ribes. I will move it later in the spring.
Will be interesting to see the flower on your variegated one, Jean. Hopefully we'll be able to compare photos of abutilon flowers over the next growing season. (Well, I know many of yours will be in flower but am hoping mine will too!)
I sowed some seeds of A. x suntense 6 weeks ago and the first tiny seedling has just sprouted. Such a long way to go, and it still has the dreaded wilt to avoid. I wonder if anyone else is growing it? I believe it prefers a cooler climate.
Cestrum, my abutilons seem to have flowers all year. A lot more in spring of course, but still flowers hanging about even now in the cold. Most are sheltered as when I first started the garden where they are, it was going to be big at the back and small in front. Hmmm, we all know what happens to great plans in the garden dont we ?
The abutilons reach up between the bougainvillea, large correa, plumbago and numerous other things in there.
some of the abutilon branches are like snakes, climbing in and out where they can. All look healthy though.
Yes, I remember those sort of plans, Jean LOL
Hopefully mine will flower as well as yours eventually. They're all only very young plants and so need to get established first.
My lanterns are trying to eat the garden, but I won't chop until Spring because one Autumn I chopped a huge one and it died.
I haven't lost any since then because I put up with the Winter blah looks to ensure they don't freeze.
Good luck with the V. ones I think they suffer more from the cold than the others.
Well I finally found something to post ...in the wild parts of the garden I have these everywhere but the grass ruins the pictures, I have to get some more weeding done, when the drizzle stops. They don't bloom every year like this, they must have enjoyed the cooler days I guess
Lucky you, Chrissy. They're very pretty. I don't think it gets cold enough here for Nerines to do well.
I grow them out the front of the home facing the chilly Blue Mountain winds ...they grow like weeds. We don't get them in full flight unless there has been a coolish Summer compared to the violent heat we are used to.
the Norfolk Island Pine is now so tall it is way above the home. It's out fron too and withstand the dreadful winds.
Here is Cymbidium tracyanum. Last year this plant was totally frosted - looked terrible! However, back again this year. My fav Cymbidium! :)
So THAT's it's name! It's one that has a scent, right Wayne? I was given one a number of years ago by a lovely older chap in the orchid society when we lived in NSW. In spite of all the flash modern hybrids, it was one of my favorites too - flowered reliably year after year.
A little local native groundcover, one of the Goodenia family ........ except it doesn't seem that when I do a quote, I can also attach a pic, so will do a separate post for it.
Lovely Marleneann. Too cold for me to grow Cattleya here without some help I think.
Pam, yes that is the one. There is a great variety within the species regarding colour, size, and scent - however all fall into tracyanum. A bit like our native rock orchid Dendrobium speciosum - much variety. Must read up on your Goodenia, looks a treat!
Yesterday it was 7-14 degrees, the same as Melbourne. Except that it felt a lot colder here, as the houses just aren't built for cold (e.g. louvre windows; no inbuilt heating, etc). Anyway, as I was walking around in the cold, I saw this. Ripe and ready to pick on the coldest day of the year. But I didn't pick it because I wasn't in the mood for eating it in that weather LOL Today, I think, as even though it fell to zero last night, the sun is out. This is when you know you're no longer in Melbourne--even in winter here, the sun is warm!
cestrum, you lucky duck.....what a little beauty......hope it is really sweet for you.
It's the same here ...when you can find any sun that is ...it's been missing most of the Summer and it's terrible weather here,
I scrounged around just outside the back door because there are inches of water everywhere I walk and freezing heavy rain on and off, ok I found this poor shivering little lantern ...up high ...I grew a double from this one but no blooms yet, lots of leaves.