Conditions during October?
October is our mid-Spring month here and, as usual, the summery conditions have begun. Spring here in the north-east really feels like the beginning of our long, long Summer. There are only slight differences between the two. Right now the mercury is hitting highs of 30 deg C and slightly above during the day, although the nights are still a little cooler, hovering around 20 deg C.
The days have been bright and sunny, with lots of blue skies and breezes. The last teeny weeny little bit of Springtime rainfall we had was back in mid-August, but we only received 1.4 mm (less than 1 inch).
Spring here is always light on rain, as the Spring months occur during the latter part of our long dry season. This is the time of year when the yard looks decidedly brown, dry and parched. We don't spend a fortune in excess water fees trying to keep the place green and lush. We'd need to win the Lotto for that!!!
This time of year is also usually our bushfire season, and while there have been a few fires raging in the ranges over the last month, thankfully they haven't been burning too close to our suburb.
Now onto what's been blooming so far during this mid-Spring month of October.
Starting with the trees on the property ... what has been blooming?
The Plumeria rubras starting sprouting new growth back in September, after dropping all their foliage for the Winter. New leaves and flower stems kept on appearing at the beginning of this month, and there are now quite a few sprays of flowers opening up almost every week. These trees seem to run to the same schedule every year.
There were still a few blooms on my Bauhinia variegata, which suffered so dreadfully early last year. It's only grown slightly taller than this time last year, but at least I got to enjoy more of its beautiful stark white flowers.
The lovely Lagerstroemia speciosa or Queen's Myrtle, which were covered in russet-toned leaves early last month, slowly dropped their leaves and the branches are now covered in tiny new leaf growth.
The Eucalyptus platyphylla trees, out in the bushland and on our property, were still dripping with fluffy creamy-white blossoms. These beautiful flowers attracted large groups of Rainbow Lorikeets and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets for a feeding frenzy.
The evidence of their feasting was littered all along our driveway.
The pair of Corymbia torellianas or Cadaghi Gums showed the last of their blooms this month as well. Now, there are only a few flower sprays left right at the top of one of the trees.
The amazing blooms of our native Planchonia careya or Cocky Apple have been on show throughout the bushland and on the few trees we have growing on our property as well. These stunning flowers appear late in the afternoon, around dusk, and will fall off the tree by the next morning.
I find many of the blooms laying on the ground as I head up to the car shed to go off to work.
The Tabebuia heterophylla started another of its' flowering cycles for the year ...
... and the first of the Delonix regia or Poinciana blooms have appeared on the trees growing at the front gates.
Now, onto the shrubs .... what's been blooming?
Finally, there have been a few blooms appearing on both the Hibiscus schizopetalus shrubs, at either end of the pergola, that were cut back so severely last year. It's always a treat to watch the flower bud open and the petals start unfurling and curling upwards.
Out in the Shadehouse Garden ... what's been blooming?
The predominant blooms out in the Shadehouse Garden have most definitely been the Impatiens walleriana,
and the Neomarica longifolia or Yellow Walking Iris.
Now, out in the Courtyard Garden ... what's been flowering?
There has been lots of terrific colour out in the courtyard over this past month.
Cycas revoluta male flower cone
Torenia 'Violet Magic', Crossandra infundibuliformis, Angelonia angustifolia, Pelaroniums
Asiatic Matisse Liliums
More Asiatic Matisse Liliums
Asiatic Matisse Lilium 'Kentucky'
L.A. Hybrid Lilium 'Eyeliner'
Olde World Liliums ... a cross between Orientals and a Christmas Lily. These Lilies have enormous, beautifully perfumed flowers.
The courtyard always seems to look its best at this time of the year.
Under the pergola ... what's been flowering?
There have been blooms on the Ipomea batatas, the hot pink Salvia and the Spathoglottis plicata or Ground Orchid. My pass-along Water Lily has been blooming. The climber Petrea volubilis or Sandpaper Vine threw out quite a few flower sprays, and one of the potted Neoregelias showed off its wonderful little flowers.
In the tiered garden beds ... what's blooming?
There are blooms on the pink Justicia carnea, the Duranta, the Dietes bicolor, the Justicia brandegeena, the Callistemon 'Pink Champagne', the Salvia 'Velour White', and the last bracts and tiny yellow flowers on the Euphorbia pulcherrima are showing.
The first of the Hemerocallis blooms have started appearing as well.
It's been quite an enjoyable month out in the garden. In about another month though, it will be almost impossible to get outside during most of the day, so I'm really taking advantage of every possible moment I can to get out and about to enjoy the blooms.