I was delighted to look down at the little Eremophila this morning and have that sensation "wait a minute - something is different!". What was different was tiny flower buds - lots of them.
Eremophilas are winter bloomers, but I haven't been too sure when my October-planted bush would reach the flowering stage. Although I was confused initially about the identity of this variety (it came home tagless), I am now guessing that this is "Valentine", a readily available selection of Eremophila maculata. Pink buds, of course!
A number of plants paused to settle in during the past weeks. The hybrid tea rose "Sterling Silver" went through a gawky, do-nothing stage after I cut it back, but it is making up for lost time with an abundance of new growth. I love the brilliant red-burgundy hues of new rose foliage.