the Leichardt trees are starting to flower at the Botanic Gardens. I just love the golf ball sized flowers, especially looking up through the canopy as in this photo. Looks even better if you click on it to enlarge. Whenever I hear the name Leichardt I always think with amuzement of the directions being given on my sister's GPS system. We were driving around Brisbane and were directed to go down 'Leechart' street. It took a few minutes to realise the young girl reading the directions had no idea of the pronunciation!! I know she was young as she comes from Mackay and obviously did not study history of any kind at school.
I brought a cutting of this shrub home from my sister's garden in Buderim a couple of years ago and have struggled with it ever since. At last I think I am doing the right things by it and this lovely bloom has appeared. I am driven to distraction as I cannot remember the name of the shrub and I can't find the article in a gardening magazine - when I know it is there somewhere! Does that sound familiar to any of you?
This is a not very clear photo of our crazy dog, who then got into trouble for pinching my new 'feet seat' which he was sure was a new toy for him to play with. He was running around the room and trying to toss it into the air. We have been having words about it ever since, I think I am winning but I am not too sure, it is place out of reach when I am not using it.
Now I had better get a cup of coffee for my hard working husband who is putting up some guttering around our greenhouse.
PS. I have finally found the name - Ruellia Chartacea, a native of South America. I googled it and I am now going to buy a larger pot and keep it in that. I had been planning to plant it into a garden bed, but apparently I will do better with the pot.