Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Garden in flower - Winter 2009

Winter here in my part of northern Oz is the middle of the ‘dry’ season and most of the large flowering plants like the snowflake/roseflake hibiscus, the ixoras, the mussaendas, the plumeria, the poincianas and the jasmine are not in flower.

Finding a flowering plant at this time of year – during winter – out in the large garden bed areas of my property is difficult apart from:
Ardisia Elliptica – not flowering but showing its berries
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Bauhinia Variegata
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Calliandra haematocaphala
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Calliandra surinamensis
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Hibiscus – my oldest hibiscus flowers continuously
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Russelia juncea
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Scaevola
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Spathodea Campanulata – African Tulip Tree
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Tabebuia Impetiginosa – Pink Trumpet Tree
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and there’s some hint of what might be called ‘autumn’ colours (even though these colours appear in winter) on the Lagerstroemeria speciosa
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The driveway garden beds showing the bauhinia and tabebuia in flower.
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Most of the flowering plants at this time of year are in my courtyard garden, the greenhouse garden and the downstairs garden beds.
Azalea
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Begonias
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Brachyscome
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Euphorbia Leucocephala – Snowflake Bush
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Euphorbia Pulcherrima – Pink Poinsettia
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Euphorbia Pulcherrima – Red Poinsettia
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Impatiens
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Pelargonium
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Pentas
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Spathiphyllum – Peace Lily or Madonna Lily
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Streptocarpus
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There’s lots of annuals and perennials that flower in pots out in the courtyard or in the greenhouse (and, of course, some will continue flowering on into spring and early summer):
Alyssum
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Antirrhinum
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Celosia
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Cockscomb
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Hyacinths
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Nasturtiums
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Salvias and Pelargoniums
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Torenias
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Verbena
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Violas
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The courtyard garden – really filling out with colour now.
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And now there’s some colour in the new garden beds outside the greenhouse:
Bacopa
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Bracteantha bracteata
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Calibrachoa var. sunbelore
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Gazania
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Gomphrena leontopodioides
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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
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Pelargonium Peltatum ‘Lulu’
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Scaevola
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All around the property the gums have finished their shedding and are showing off their new bark – this provides beautiful whites with hints of pink.
Eucalyptus
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The acacias are now full of seed pods,
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so is the Cassia Fistula -
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and the Poincianas:
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South-East Trade winds dominate the winter months here and the weather is fine. During winter it’s clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights. July is the coolest month averaging a maximum of 24.0 degrees C and a daily minimum temperature averaging 13.5 degrees C.

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