Friday, November 11, 2011

Fertilizer Friday/ Flower Flaunt Friday

This plant, called a desert rose, has been one of the shining stars in my garden. Appropriately, in South Africa it is called a Sabi Star!  It always seems to be flowering, and although I bought it very long and lanky it does now seem to be putting out some branches. Such lovely flowers.
Then I noticed something the other day - it is putting out a seed pod, oh no!  not just one seed pod but lots of them!
 I had heard that in order to capture the seeds you need to place the seed pod in a paper bag.  Gosh with all these seed pods I am going to have a paper bag tree!   I have a little one in the side of the pod that was grown from a seed - I got it from an open garden a year or so ago.  If anyone in Australia would like some seeds, just e-mail me at  I am not sure how long it will take, but the story is that when these seed pods explode thousands of tiny seeds are released into the air!
Last weekend I cut the bouganvilla back quite drastically.  To allow the stephanotis to shine!
 When they open up there is a lovely scent in the air.  This is supposedly the most requested flower for wedding bouquets. My elderly neighbor says it brings back happy memories for her of her wedding day :)
 the bleeding heart vine is also in flower
 the little spots of red are a delight among the white.
 My torch ginger is beginning to go brown around the edge.  Still beautiful though!  At the back you can see the turmeric starting to come up out of its hibernation.
I am linking this to Flower Flaunt Friday, go and take a look at what visual delights everyone else has to offer here   tootsie time  thank you Glenda for hosting this every week!



  1. Oh, the Bleeding Heart Vine! I passed up a really beautiful one already trained on a circle trellis some years back and have regretted it ever since. Another will come along, I hope.

    Yours is just beautiful and so are the rest that you showed today.

  2. The torch ginger is fabulous! So is the bleeding heart - I've never seen one like that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your white Bleeding Heart Vine is just brilliant. That has been on my wish list for a while now. The Stephanotis flowers are quite beautiful too.

    Put me down on your list of people who'd love some Desert Rose seeds. My two little Desert Roses are still babies and I would just love some more. Thanks for your generous offer.

  4. I haven't seen or know Stephanotis, but it is so beautiful. I can equate it with our sampaguita or Jasminum sambac, also very much scented.

  5. The Bleeding Heart vine is stunning I have never seen it before.

  6. Oh that stephanotis is GORGEOUS.

  7. Nell Jean,
    That would look really beautiful on a circle trellis - I have just let mine wander all over the place.
    The one thing I love about the torch ginger is how long it lasts.
    Thank you! Yes sure I will send you some, at this rate I should have plenty and am interested to see what they look like and how they grow.
    yes it might be part of the same family.
    Garden girl,
    I think it is very photogenic too!
    I first saw it on a Florida USA blog and then found one on clearance so snapped it right up.
    I wonder if this might not be something you could grow on a trellis over your ferns? I think it might grow in your area.

  8. Looking at your tumeric leaves wish I have some for rendang. Like all you flowers today.

  9. I love all these beautiful plants especially the Bleeding Heart Vine, it is so pretty...


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