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Some nice, some bad plants

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First, the xAmarine is opening really well. It looks like a nerine on steroids as the flowers are about twice the size of a Nerine.


I am also getting fruit flowers. You may not recognize them, and to help there are a couple of little fruits developing:


If the name of the fruit doesn’t spring to mind, it is Psidium littorale or Strawberry Guava. It is one of those popular trees like loquats, that many people have, but few people really eat them. There are both red and yellow types.
There is a real pest in bloom right now. The Crocosmia or Montbretia. While most of the species are well behaved, there is one that is a thug.


What is special there is the trunk of a very large shrub.
Here are the leaves:


You may not recognize it because it isn’t about 1½ feet tall and covered in red bracts. It is a Poinsettia! It will naturally turn red in mid-November.
Then there is another thug flowering like crazy – a Lantana. It spreads freely and like blackberries, I have to work at keeping it at bay.

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lovely to see some more unusual plants in a more garden setting, especially the poinsettia.

14 Jul, 2019

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