This is a very reliable clump of bright pink bulbs that I thought were ixias but I believe are Watsonias. They can be easily moved and happily flower each year.
I'm not sure where I took this photo. I'm going to have to hunt through the October files. I suspect it is a tiny flower in the Bunyip Botanical Gardens, perhaps from the shade house.
This little maple (which Mum has grown from seed) has a special protector. The top half of a upside down, rusted milkcan keeps the rabbits and the mower at a safe distance and adds an interesting element to the tree.
This garden arch is covered with the Pierre de Ronsard climbing roses and 2 clematis bushes. Mum believes that the best places for clematis are amonst the roses as it gives them something to climb over. It is certainly successful in this planting.
The Weigelas have enjoyed the wet summer that we had last and have been a mass of flowers over the last few weeks. The variegated example is hangs down over the garden bank in front of the car port. One of the best things about the weigelas is that they are easy to propagate, just pop a cutting into a moist spot in the garden.
The spectacular Geranium maderense is sitting in front of the stately viburnum which is flowering profusely with white blooms that will gradually turn pink.
The entrance to the verandah is very welcoming with the beautiful mauve-pink clematis and purple rose. This is a typical planting in Mum's garden - roses and clematis together with similar colours.
2011- 365 Challengers