Early Spring ... and the garden is dry, dry, dry! Typical of our dry season, there's been no rain for over four months during our Winter and early Spring, and my passion for gardening has waned a little. In addition to the lack of rain, the wind has also whipped up considerably in the last few weeks and the potted plants that provide much of the colour here at this time of year, are drying out faster than usual.
Not only am I spending a fair amount of time trying to water the poor thirsty plants, but the hungry, hungry wallabies have managed to get into my bad books this year by decimating so many plants they've never touched before. I'm almost afraid to get up in the morning and wander around the place as I inevitably find something else that's been nibbled down to a tiny stump.
Luckily there are still some plants they haven't yet acquired a taste for, so some colour remains in a few corners. So I do have some blooms to share on this mid-Spring GBBD post.
One of my favourite combinations at the moment is this gorgeous Vanilla Marigold and the Bumble Bee Petunia. They do make a great looking pair.
There's always fabulous foliage plants to appreciate, and I do so love the splashes of white that just seem to lift various corners of the garden. There's the little round ball shaped flowers of the Ozothamnus diosmifolius, the striking white flowers of the unknown variety of Begonia, the startling white of the Pentas and the happy faces of the white Gazanias.
Then there's the bright vibrant colours of the annuals and perennials like Impatiens walleriana, Rudbeckia, Nasturtium, Torenia, Russelia, Verbena, Pelargonium and Impatiens hawkeri.
One thing that really does lift the spirits of this dry season gardener is the presence of so many beautiful birds with their amazing songs. They surround me every day as I wander through the garden and simply make my day.
I've also spotted some fantastic creatures, like this fabulous looking North Queensland Day Moth ...
... and this Ladybird, which is not a common sight around here!
Oh ... and then at the end of another day of being disheartened by the discovery of yet another nibbled plant or seeing plants in obvious distress because they're craving a decent drink, I get to see stunning sunset skies like this ....
... and this!
For fabulous posts on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, make sure you go and visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens