I know I'm a little late for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day this month, but life sometimes gets in the way of blogging! I wasn't going to bother, but then I was given a little push when I was at the supermarket doing the fortnightly shop and realised it was Daffodil Day today. There were buckets of fabulous daffs near the check out and I just couldn't resist getting a bunch. Then I felt I just had to share the beautiful blooms, which are definitely a rare sight here in my corner of Australia.
The closest we get to Daffodils here is this mid-week of August, when they are shipped in from down south to help raise money for a very worthwhile cause. Daffodil Day is all about raising money for our Australian Cancer Council and I never hesitate in contributing. As I write this blog post, it seems that Aussies have already contributed to the tune of $2.6 million!
Right now it's our end-of-winter month. Up here in the tropical north-eastern corner of Oz, we're also in the 5th month of our 'dry' season. Just to give a quick run-down ... it roughly began back in April and we've had around 20 days of rain in the four and a half months since then. All in all, Mother Nature was shared about 213 mms or nearly 9 inches of rain over those 20 days. This month we've received no rain at all and the forecast is more of the same. By the time we get to this stage of our 'dry' my place is really drying out, and the garden has slowed down to a 'not-much-changes-from-day-to-day' stage. So, those who tuned in last GBBD will recognise many of the blooms I shared last month.
As you can tell by the photo above, Winter here comes complete with many, many sunny blue-sky days when you can look up and see loads of fluffy pure white clouds. The temperatures are exceedingly mild winter temps in the eyes of many, but of course for us, things can get a little chilly sometimes. This month we had three quite cold nights (for us!) when the mercury dropped to 6 deg C (43 F) / 7 deg C (45 F) / 8 deg C (47F) on three consecutive nights. Those were some of the coldest overnight winter temps we've had in around 8 years, and many of us found that we needed a few layers just to warm up. We're not used to wearing more than two layers in the winter, and the top layer is usually just a thin jumper or sweater.
Anyway, on to what's blooming in the various corners of my place at the moment.
Before I get to the same-oles, I should mention that my beautiful Dietes bicolor has started blooming once more. I really want to plant lots more of this brilliant hardy perennial. That's been on my to-do list for a while now, and I really must get some more planted before the wet season arrives at the end of the year.
I simply love the flowers of this plant and I'm looking forward to the day when I have well-established clumps of it in various corners of the property.
This is the time of year when I get to gaze upon the tiny, rather lovely, blooms of some of my Begonias. I know many regard them as rather unspectacular and inconspicuous, but a close-up view shows just how stunning these tiny little flowers really are.
Begonia 'Tiger Paws'
Cane Begonia - unknown variety
another unknown pink Cane Begonia
and this unknown.
Now for the usuals that I've been seeing for some time now. Out in the courtyard ...
the Petunias carry on.
There are flower stalks on the Sanserviera, a flower spike on the Vriesea and some Pansy blooms.
The various Salvias continue to show their flower heads.
Down the driveway ...
as does the double flowering red Hibiscus, while the Tabebuia impetiginosa is showing its last blooms.
Out in the shadehouse ...
the Neomaricas continue their show and the Aechmea gamsepala has its pretty bright pink and electric blue flower spike still on display, while the Streptocarpus never stop blooming.
Of course, the Impatiens are always on show.
Finally, in the tiered garden beds, outside the shadehouse, ...
the Iresine herbstii 'Blazin Rose' blooms, the dwarf pink Euphorbia pulcherrima is still covered in its pink bracts and yellow flowers, and the Pentas lanceolata is still showing off its deep rosy pink flowers.
Spring is now just around the corner, and I'm eagerly waiting for some of my springtime blooms to open and capture my attention.
I'm joining Carol for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.