The bird song can be heard at almost any time of the day.
There are strange insects hovering around the flowers.
There are birds, like the common Yellow-bellied Sunbird, building nests for their offspring.
In my north-eastern corner, Spring arrives smack bang in the middle of our dry season. We have not seen rain now since around the middle of Autumn, back in April. Our Winter was bone dry, so the landscape around here is wearing the typical brown, parched early Spring look. The native Eucalypts and Planchonias have dropped loads of leaves everywhere
Around the house, the plants and grass are looking pretty withered and dehydrated. It's not the best look, but we're used to it. The plants themselves are all drought tolerant and come through the long dry time of the year a little battered and baked, but alive! I don't do much to help them, apart from occasionally turning on the irrigation system, about once every month or so.
The conditions have turned rather warm, with the mercury now hovering up around 30 deg C (86 F) and slightly above, for most of the day. The vast blue skies go on forever, with the occasional smattering of puffy white clouds. The sunshine is more intense, and now has a bit of a bite to it, especially from about 10.00 am onwards, so I'm not wandering around the garden much these days. I do my watering jobs, but that's it.
The plants that are not so drought tolerant are located in my shadehouse garden,
and out in my courtyard garden. I spend most evenings or early mornings watering these potted plants on alternate days, and giving them a feed every few weeks.
When standing near the back verandah and looking out over the courtyard, I can see the hills in the background. The end of winter through to early and mid-Spring, is about the only time of the year when I can see those particular foothills to the north-west.
The Hibiscus at the back of the courtyard drops a lot of foliage at this time of the year because of the dry conditions, and the row of Neem trees behind that rather forlorn looking Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, drop all their foliage at the same time, so there's an uninterrupted view from my courtyard across to the foothills at the back. I never see them during the wet season in mid to late Summer, nor in the early months of Autumn when the shrubs and trees are clothed once more.
Out in my courtyard, the native Sterculia quadrifida, or Peanut Tree, that arches over the space is also starkers,
except for its seed pods which add a bit of colour against the backdrop of those clear bright blue skies.
Well, enough of the not-so-great-looking plants in this dry, waterless, moistureless, rainless area, let's check out what is blooming around my place right now.
A real treat for my this week has been the sighting of a native tree in flower out in the bush paddock, where we've been working hard at removing horrid pest plants and invasive species. It's the first time I've seen this sight from our verandah, out in plain view and on show at long last as a result of the removal of a huge bank of Chinee Apple trees.
The flowers on this native Kapok, Cochlospermum gillivraei, add bright golden splashes of colour out in the parched looking bush paddock.
Another couple of great natives on display at the moment, near our house,
are the Corymbia torellianas or Cadaghi Gums, which are both blooming beside the hill driveway. The perfume of those fluffy, creamy-white flowers fills the air at the moment. It's quite a heady, honey-like scent and those nectar-laden flowers are attracting flocks of Rainbow Lorikeets and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, as well as countless bees and other insects.
I'm sharing this video clip of the chorus I hear almost every morning at the moment from the tops of the Cadaghi Gums.
Apart from these couple of native trees, the only other flowers to be spotted on the trees around here include
the very last of the Bauhinia variegata blooms,
and the one remaining flower on my Tabebuia impetiginosa. It is the last one left on an enormous tree.
It's the courtyard garden and shadehouse garden that provide nearly all the blooms at this time of the year.
Out in the courtyard ...
Torenias, Rosebud Pelargonium, Impatiens hawkeri 'Harmony' and Nasturtium 'Alaska'.
Azalea, Violas, double Petunias, Cleome spinosa 'Senorita Rosalita' and Petunia 'Bumblebee'.
The Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi?) is finally blooming, and one of my newly purchased Hemerocallis 'Tootsie' is flowering quite early.
My new favourite, Gardenia ... I think it's Gardenia tubifera kul ... commonly known as 'Golden Sun' Gardenia is blooming. I'm just loving the exquisitely perfumed flowers on this plant. They open an ivory-white, then turn golden yellow and orange yellow as they age. It makes for a great show.
Out in the shadehouse ...
it's the Begonias and Impatiens that are providing all the colour at the moment.
The only other blooms to be found around the property at the moment are scattered in a few little corners here and there, like the driveway garden bed or the tiered garden bed.
These are few and far between though, and you have be paying attention or you'll miss them.
I'm joining Carol for her Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme.