Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Waxing lyrical.....

In the harsh summer climate that we have here in Western Australia, one of the very best plants to grow is the Geraldton Wax , a small to medium shrub endemic to WA, although I believe they would grow anywhere with a hot, humid climate.  I love them because you can plant them fairly small (not so expensive to buy from the nursery) and within months they grow to three times that size. They can be tricky at the start, but once established they're one of the hardiest plants in the garden They start flowering towards the end of winter into spring and last through summer, you can't ask more of a plant than that oui!  The colour and easy upkeep make me happy, they have a sweet smell, and the birds delight in the  nectar from the flowers. I'd like to thank Malyss from chroniclesfromtheshore for giving me a lovely award, most unexpected and highly appreciated....Hope you're week has started off well....

36 comments:

  1. Great title.
    G Wax is one of the great plants. In the eastern states it is normally grafted onto something else. I had a real beauty but a storm blew it over. When I get to WA I can't wait to see the unique flora.

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  2. belles fleurs, avec une couleur qui rechauffe, car ici c'est gelé

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  3. Beautiful plant/flowers and such lovely shades of pink! Great captures as always! Have a wonderful week, Grace!

    Sylvia

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  4. our plants are doing better away from the ocean-


    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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  5. Outstanding colors... Very nice shot.

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  6. This is a great flowering plant. It has the size and color of lilac, but it is completely different. If we have it in the USA, I haven't seen it.

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  7. I like any plant that flowers all summer Grace!

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  8. These look familiar. We might have something similar here in Ocala, but I wouldn't swear to it. Very pretty!

    Re your comment on The Villages: No crocodiles in those waters, but there are a few alligators. In southern Florida there are some crocodiles but I've never seen one. Lots of alligators, though.

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  9. It has some wonderful color. I have only seen this as a flower arrangement filler.

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  10. Pretty! Love the unusual shape.

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  11. Anything that grows fast and doesn't require too much work is fine with me. It is very pretty.

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  12. The Geraldton Wax is indeed a hardy plant! Even strong sea winds don't seem to burn the foliage as with other plants! Great, colourful photos!

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  13. I`m always amazed that any flowers grow and survive in this extremely hot weather! Great pics Grace xx

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  14. I love the color. I'd enjoy having one of these around.

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  15. Bonza photos. Many gardens in my neck of the woods are planted with Geraldton Wax and they do have a sweet perfume :-).

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  16. I like the colors here, so full of joy!

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  17. Endemic? Well I wouldn't mind, it's so pretty!!!

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  18. Such a vibrant and pretty flower!

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  19. 'Harsh summer?' How can summer be 'harsh' when the frost outside my window has just melted at 10:30?
    You lucky woman!

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  20. Fantastic photos of this very rewarding plant, Grace.
    Don't forget to link to Floral Friday Fotos :-)

    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

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  21. trop belles couleurs sur la première

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  22. Full winter here now, any whiff of summer welcome!

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  23. They're beautiful! And I agree with VP, any hint of summer is welcome right now. :)

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  24. Merci de nous donner envie d'avoir de belles fleurs! Ca fait du bien ces couleurs, pour nous, en hiver!

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  25. That's pretty! Would make us happy as well.

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  26. What a pretty color! I wonder if it would do well here in Florida. It looks like a plant that might attract hummingbirds.

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  27. The tiny pine needle type leaves makes me think of the your coutry's native tea plant. Very hardy plants ONCE they get established. I killed everyone of mine. Just couldn't work out a balance between enough or too much water

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  28. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!!:)

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  29. Ces fleurs sont vraiment magnifiques, chère Gaia! Passe un beau mercredi.

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