Have you seen one of these before?
I hadn't, until I noticed in my brother Tony's garden a year or so back. I saw it again during my Christmas visit, and have been wondering ever since what it was and how I could find out. This weekend when the pups and I headed down to Ballina again, I asked Tony (now why didn't I think of that last time). He found the original tag, which made it easy.
It's Aphelandra sinclairiana 'Panama Queen'. I love the sizzling tropical colour combination of the pink flowers with orange bracts. It's a tall shrub (about 9 foot). I brought home a piece, and this afternoon, I planted 4 tip cuttings and still have more temporarily in water. Here's hoping I get at least one plant. I think I have the perfect spot!
Although the pups and I only arrived late on Saturday afternoon, we packed a good walk, a garden tour, as well as a trip to the beach, into 24 action-packed hours. It was only five weeks since our last visit, but there was still plenty to discover in the garden, starting right at the front doorstep.
I think it is a Brassia Orchid. (whoops, turns out it was a Miltonia!) Tony gave a small plant in bud that he thinks is the same. I hope so, I love it. All will be revealed when it flowers: I'll keep you posted.
Here are a few more from his orchid collection.
|A late-flowering Dendrobium speciosum 'Zeloa'|
|Another example of the variety potted at the front door.|
|Onslow was quite oblivious of the Cattleya blooming behind him.|
|Dendrochilum magnum was brought into the house while it flowers.|
|Another orchid indoors temporarily, Zygopetalum Blue Lake 'Atlantis'|
Back in the garden, many of the plants are in flower.
|Fiddlewood Citharexylum spinosum|
|Heliconia 'Golden Torch'|
|Ginger lily Hedychium gardnerianum|
|Torch Ginger Etlingera elatior|
|Flowering Gum Eucalyptus|
Finally, none of this would be possible without these little fellows and their like.
|Tony keeps two hives of native (stingless) bees on his upstairs verandah.|
Great job, guys! And thanks to Tony and Leanne for another fabulous garden tour and visit.