As November comes to a close, Springtime here in the tropics is nearing its end. The spring-blooming native Planchonia careya, or Cocky Apple, is still showing off its strange flowers though,
and attracting loads of insects.
The Cocky Apples on my property were late bloomers this year, compared to the trees in the surrounding bushland, and there are still lots of buds waiting to burst into bloom.
Finally, there's a faint tinge of green to be seen around the yard,
and the mainstay shrubs are looking a little plumper as the leaf growth begins again.
The Agile Wallabies are now finding some grass to munch on rather than digging huge holes everywhere in search of grass roots.
Plants like the Galphimia glauca are bursting at the seams with golden yellow flowers.
Crotons are blooming and the Mussaendas are beginning another blooming cycle.
Mussaenda 'Calcutta Sunset' is throwing out its first coloured bracts,
as is Mussaenda philippica 'Aurore'
and Mussaenda philippica 'Bangkok Rose'.
A sure sign that Spring is coming to an end, and Summer is about to begin, is the sight of the Delonix regias breaking into bloom.
All around the city, around the foothills here and on my property, there are splashes of bright red everywhere.
I have three large Delonix regias, or Poincianas, here and all are now covered in blooms.
Another sign that Summer is almost here, is the sight of the fabulous Plumeria flowers.
With the arrival of rain, the Murraya paniculatas, that grow underneath the Plumerias, have burst into bloom and have filled the garden with their delightful, heady scent.
I just adore the perfume of these flowers.
In the top tiers of the tiered garden beds,
the Adenium obesum, Duranta, Nerium oleander are blooming, while the first buds of the Hemerocallis corner have appeared and a couple of Caladiums have been on show.
In the bottom of the tiered beds, outside my shadehouse garden, there are Salvias in bloom.
Salvia madrensis always looks terrific,
but I do have a soft spot for Salvia leucantha 'White Velour'.
As you get closer to the shadehouse garden,
you will also spot Pentas, Ruellia and Dianthera.
Inside the shadehouse,
there's Spathiphyllum, Begonia and Impatiens flowers, as well as Caladiums rising from dormancy.
Out in the courtyard garden, you will find Salvia farinacea 'Strata', Petunias, Tabernaemontan corymbosa 'Sweet Love', Pelargoniums, Impatiens walleriana and Duranta in bloom.
Down the driveway garden,
Russelias, Thunbergia erecta 'Tru Blu', Turnera subulata and my Polygala are all showing off their beautiful flowers.
That's my contribution to GBBD for this month of November ... a little late, I know, but at least I've managed a post for this month after a bit of a break.
For many more fabulous posts that show what's blooming around the world this month, make sure you visit Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme.