There was also a slight change in the temperature range ... with slightly warmer temps. than usual. The Winter temps. this year remained mostly around 26 deg C (78F) during the daytime and around 17 deg C (52F) in the night-time ... although there was the occasional below 10 deg C night. Given these variations in weather conditions, it's time to take a look back at what was going on in the garden during Winter ... smack bang in the middle of an atypical 'dry' season.
Most of the large shrubs around the property, like 'Snowflake' and 'Roseflake' Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, the Ixoras, the Mussaendas, the Poincianas and the Plumeria, take a break over Winter, but there are a few large trees that do flower during this time of year.
My new baby Poinsettias bloomed brilliantly through the Winter months as well ... as a matter of fact, they're both still blooming now in early Spring. I just can't wait for them to mature and grow much larger.
Another great Winter bloomer is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.
There are also the plants that flower all year long scattered around the outdoor garden beds ... plants such as Pentas, Russelias and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'.
The other Winter blooms can be found either in the Shadehouse/Greenhouse Garden or the Courtyard Garden on potted plants such as:
Bracteantha bracteata, Scutteliaria suffrutescens, Pelargonium peltatums, Dahlias ....
Pelargonium 'Passion', Impatiens walleriana, Verbena, Bromeliad and Pansies ...
Salvia splendens ...
as did the Gazanias.
I also had some success with the bulbs I had planted at the beginning of Winter. It was limited success though ... mostly in part, I'm sure, because of the consistently warmer temperatures we experienced throughout the Winter this year.
So, that was the Winter here in my north-east Australian garden ... now for a short video that shows some of the flowers blooming out in the courtyard potted plant garden on the very last day of Winter.
To end, I'm adding a link to a post I did last Winter just for comparison. Take note of the words in the last paragraph, where I talk about the temperature range during a typical Winter. You will see that this varies significantly to the temperatures we've experienced this Winter. This one was definitely warmer, more overcast ... with a sprinkling of rain thrown in for good measure!