Flowers 2019

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Mid spring and a new suite of flowers on show down here.

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The blue is Lechenaultia biloba. pink in the background is a Leptospermum hybrid

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Closer look at the Leptospermum. These are being used for bonsai now.

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Chamelaucium ciliatum - Albany wax flower

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Prostranthera ovalifolia

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Rulingia hermanniifolia. These are usually just a small spreading shrub so doesn't produce a thick trunk but can be used for bonsai. i haven't been able to keep it alive in a pot for more than a few years.

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Bearded iris are midway through flowering. New colours opening each day.
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Mollis azalea

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Another spectacular Aussie native - Telopea speciosissima (waratah)
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Choisya ternata, in French "Oranger du Mexique".

It flowers in the spring, and then in autumn, comes from the south-west of North America, but has nothing to do with the "citrus" genus : the smell of the flowers though is very similar to lemon or orange trees, and here, it's the last smell of flowering trees before the winter frosts..

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When I go to check my mail, I can smell the perfume. Nice...
 

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@petegreg - love the fuchsia, first as a flowering houseplant, but once they get some age, they really do make neat flowering bonsai. They get a nice flaky bark.

Chrysanthemum 'Yukari' - one of the Gnome type mums. It develops a woody stem with time. Nice small flowers, yellow central and pink ray florets. This is a first year cutting from King's Mums. They are still in business under new owners, one of the few sources of Gnome and Cascade type mums.

The gnomes are dwarf, and develop woody stems. If you can get their winter care down, they can live a long time, more than 10 years, which "ain't bad for a mum". The wood is herbaceous, rather than true wood, so is brittle, needs to be wired while green, before it gets brittle. Usually grown by clip and grow. They are usually only zone 7 hardy, I lost previous efforts to winter rots, they got stored too wet.

Yukari - flowers
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after pruning, ready to store for the winter.
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Here are a few more early summer Australian natives for any orchid fans out there. The orchid have developed some weird and wonderful flowers to attract specific pollinators.

Cryptostylis subulata - tongue orchid
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Calochilus sp. Not surprising these are known as beard orchids
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Gastrodia sp. Potato orchid or Cinnamon bells
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Dipodium roseum - pink hyacinth orchid. This and the previous species are sapphrophytes. They have no leaves at all and exist entirely on decaying organic matter. As far as I know they are not able to be cultivated.
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Caleana major - Flying duck orchid. These are quite small and easily overlooked in the bush until you know what to look for. Flowers about 3/4" long
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Even smaller and harder to spot - Caleana minor - small duck orchid. Flowers around 1/2". These often grow with the larger Caleana major.
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Finally one from a genus most will be familiar with. Cymbidium suave. Unlike the previous terrestrial species this one is an epiphyte and grow in hollows in old trees, rotting stumps and logs. Small 1" flowers in typical cymbidium racemes. These grow quite far south along the NSW coast. I believe they cannot be cultivated??
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Yes they do, that why I have several;)

I have a Barbados Cherry that I acquired since last August and it haven't flowered once yet...what am I doing wrong? it is a mature tree with woody looking bark. Thanks
 

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I have a Barbados Cherry that I acquired since last August and it haven't flowered once yet...what am I doing wrong? it is a mature tree with woody looking bark. Thanks
Did you have it shipped? Maybe, it was just acclimating to a new home. Mine are in full sun spring-fall, and bloomed on an off the whole time. I usually get some blooms in the winter, but not nearly as many as when they are outside.
 

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Did you have it shipped? Maybe, it was just acclimating to a new home. Mine are in full sun spring-fall, and bloomed on an off the whole time. I usually get some blooms in the winter, but not nearly as many as when they are outside.

Thank you! I had it shipped but it was in NJ so probably the same USDA zone as MD. Maybe the issue is how much sun it was getting in the summer, I need to cut some tall trees in my back yard this spring to provide my bonsai more sun as all of them only get afternoon sun now. The front of my house get full sun but I can't leave my bonsai in the front yard lol.
 

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