Mol-d, you beat me to the draw – I had just taken some photographs of the September Bush flowering in my garden. I wonder if its called the September Bush because it flowers in September? Anyway, it is a great plant to have in your garden and the bumble-bees seem to love the flowers.
I spotted this striking beauty under a tree outside my office today. The flower is followed by fleshy red berries, which the monkeys and birds love. I’ll try to remember to take a photograph of the berries when they come through. The bulb is traditionally used to cure coughs, headaches and stomach problems. The plant is also known as Paintbrush (charming), Rooikwas and isiPhompo.
One of the lessons I’ve learnt from writing this blog is to always keep a record of the names of plants you buy from nurseries. I think the next time I create a garden I will write down each plant in a little black book.
Anyway, I got this plant from the Fig Tree Nursery in Westville and have always liked it. It has furry leaves, grows very easily from cuttings and shoots up these amazing red flowers every year.
My friend Sue gave me a tiny piece of this succulent a couple of years back and it has now grown into a fully-fledged plant – this is the first time it has flowered. I don’t think it is indigenous as it looks South American to me. Anyone recognise it?
I just wanted to share some photographs of this amazing, lily flower which grew out of a very ordinary succulent in a corner of my garden.