Six on Saturday – Promising Signs

Time for Six items of interest from my garden on this first Saturday of 2021. I am seeing signs of good things to come in my garden. First, the Tropical Hydrangea (Dombeya wallachii) is flowering and has many buds.

A closer view of the flowers, they are 6 inches across and have a honey scent.

The native cycad of Florida, Coontie is producing cones, here is a female cone that has been pollinated – Coonties are pollinated by beetles. Wildlife eat the seeds and disperse them, I will be interested to see where they come up.

And the male cone:

The Papayas are ripening.

And I shall have tomatoes from the garden soon. This is a Yellow Pear tomato.

That is my six. To see more interesting items from gardens around the world visit The Propagator at

Happy New Year and Happy Gardening.


17 comments on “Six on Saturday – Promising Signs

  1. fredgardener says:

    A little exoticism is good at the start of this year and especially with this very wintery weather in northern Europe.
    Wonderful dombeya flowers…😍
    Thank you for sharing and happy New Year to you

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  2. There is nothing like flowers in the winter. How big is that male cone?

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  3. Oh, I love that tropical hydrangea! Could be right out of the Garden of Eden!

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  4. Paddy Tobin says:

    All fabulous and so very interesting but I adore the Dombeya!


  5. tonytomeo says:

    I had no idea that Contia is native there. Florida really is an odd place.


  6. Noelle says:

    I love to view all your exotic plants, such a diversion, and it also encourages me to plan to visit a tropical hot house maybe at Kew sometime in the future.

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  7. Karen says:

    Love that you have tomatoes ready for picking. I noticed the netting, is that to keep away critters?


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