SoS: Plotting and Planning and What is the Mystery Plant?

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve shared a Six on Saturday update but problems with my knee persist so not much enthusiasm for gardening. That said, I’ve been plotting and planning from the armchair and with the autumn only a few weeks away we need to think ahead re winter vegetables and revamping garden beds etc.

1. Terrace Rockery

Apart from the ornamental orange tree, many of the succulents are still in plastic pots where they were placed nearly two years ago. It’s about time they were planted!

Terrace Rockery

2. Corner Rockery

This corner spot has proved to be problematic since the poolside rockery was created over eight years ago. The latest plant to fall victim to the location is a succulent which should provide prolific displays of pink flowers several times a year.

3. Front Rockery

This area needs a total revamp. The gazanias which are lovely in the winter when there is plenty of rain, resemble birds’ nests throughout the summer. Even the succulents struggle.

Rockery in need of attention
Rockery in need of attention

4. Flower Beds on Front Boundary Wall

At the front of the house, we have a few plants which are tired, underwatered and generally unloved. However, the dogs love them and regularly leave little presents and offer them liquid refreshments (amongst other things)

Geranium stems with black holes
Geranium stems with black holes

Between the dogs and the moth that bores holes into the stems to lay its eggs, they don’t stand a chance. My first challenge was to remove all the infected plants and spray. However, as I started to cut back the affected plants I realised the damage was irreparable, so I will need to remove the plants together with the soil and start again. I will probably replace with some of the wild lavender that grows near the vegetable bed and is a favourite with the bees.

geranium flower bed
geranium flower bed

The beautiful climber which was meant to grow over 10ft tall and cover the fence decided it did not like its new home, sulked and died. I will probably replace with another native lavender.

Another challenge
Another challenge

The Bourganvilliea planted in Spring 2018 still clings to life. I need to feed and water more.


5. Work in Progress

The palm and yuccas were long overdue for a haircut. Finally, the OH set to work and removed all the dead leaves he could reach on the yucca and cut back all the dying leaves on the palm tree. IT has really opened up the bed which means I can finally plant the pots of succulents which have been waiting to be rehomed for over a year.

I love Yucca flowers. Sadly, the plants have grown so tall (about 12ft) only the birds get to enjoy them.

yucca flowers
yucca flowers

6. What is this mystery plant?

When I repotted my lily plants it seems they had a lodger. I have no idea what this plant is or where it came from. Any ideas, please?

Mystery plant
Mystery plant

This is the bulb.


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  1. Eremurus Robustus (Foxtail Lily, Desert Candle) is the name of your mystery bulb.
    It’s a native of your area and other parts of desert Asia and Europe.
    Comes in other colors including yellow, peachy pink and unusual orange.


  2. Hi Carole, I’m sorry to hear about your knee. Hope that you’re feeling better really soon. ❤

    It sounds like you're wanting to revamp your garden – that can be so uplifting! I just cleaned out my closet, and while it's not quite the same thing, still that feeling of sprucing things up is similar. Good luck with that.

    I'll be taking a blogging break. So, if you'd like to reach me, do contact me at It's been lovely to communicate with you, as well as read your posts.

    Wishing you all the best, Carole.


  3. Oh, I think I deleted my comment. If not, I am sorry for the redundancy.
    Anyway, what is an ‘ornamental’ orange? Is it a bitter orange that is grown for fragrant bloom and colorful bloom? It looks like a calamondin. Those exposed pots might get too warm. The succulents will be happier in the soil.
    Pelargoniums might be renovated by cutting them back at the end of winter. If they do not survive, it will be no big loss (if the only option is to remove them). If the tips of the stems are still healthy, they can be plugged as cuttings at about the same, at the end of winter, before the rain finishes. They will need to be watered after the rain is done.
    If it frosts there, you should probably wait until late winter to fertilize the bougainvillea.


  4. Looks like you’ve got a lot of work to do, I know that feeling well as my garden is a mess! But it all has great potential, once tidied and watered it’ll look so much better. Sorry to hear you still have problems with your knee, hope that improves soon.

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  5. The joys of gardening, forever changing plants around, bugs and dead plants 🙂 Don’t think I’d ever seen a Yucca flower before, looks pretty.


  6. could be an onion plant … I was thinking maybe a ginger, there are so many different kinds … sounds like you live in a very dry area … except for the doggy showers!


      1. Eremurus Robustus (Foxtail Lily, Desert Candle is your mystery bulb.
        It’s native to your area and comes in other colors as well.


    1. Fred, I think you could well be right! I have a pregnant onion plant. However, the bulb grows above the soil and not below and all the little bulblets grow on the outside of the onion. They are also located in completely different areas of the garden so I don’t know how it has arrived in that pot which houses my Lily LoL

      Yes, the yucca corner looks a lot tidier since OH took it in hand 🙂

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