First is the Chaenomeles, cool name huh? Ok you might know it as the flowering quince or japonica (which at least gives you the origin of where it came from, although to be fair it is also from China as well as Japan). As a kid we had one of these in the corner of the front garden. Whenever I use to jump the wall (fastest route to the door) I always got gabbed by the mean sharp spurs. So one weekend when the folks were away my brother and I cut it to the ground. My parents were not pleased at all but it was a lot easier to jump the wall. It of course came back thicker and stronger.
I am afraid although I have seen at least 3 colours I just managed to snap the pink but the red and white are also pretty.
|Flower is quite beautiful but those thorns are lethal!|
So I have taken a trip out to Alpine Nursery in Dural to grab plants and potting mixes for work last week and came across a new Michelia called 'Fairy'. It is a fairly open shrub/small tree that is laden in flower. Michelia is related to Magnolia, but generally have smaller leaves and flower up and down the branches rather than on the tips like it's bigger cousins. I know it is also pink but I think it is just what happens at this time of year. Each season has its colour.
|Such a pretty colour|
|A view of Alpine Nursery|
Finally just one last plant which I am not entirely sure what it is, hoping you might help. It is a bit of a scrappy think. It grows by the road and in rockeries with no water, full baking sun and no attention. In fact the foliage is quite ordinary but the flower is quite lovely and reminds be a little of Christmas bell. If you know what it it I would be most grateful.
|The foliage is this on tall sticky growth|