A walk around the garden can sometimes be a pleasant stroll just taking everything in, but more often for me it's a patrol - a reconnaissance mission. It will either result in a "to do" list a mile long or be interrupted by some pruning or weeding. I'm sure most gardeners are the same - always on the lookout for what needs doing next.
The pink justica is looking stunning but I'm going have to watch that red coleus. It will grow huge if you let it. It will need to be chopped back soon.
The pink cannas have started to flower. They are a smaller variety than the others and are always the last to flower.
The orange canna are powering along but next weekend I'll check them again. Once a stem has finished flowering it starts to die so it needs to be chopped off at ground level. If they are left you have a very tatty stand of canna, and it encourages diseases.
The orange ones deserve a close-up
Orange and lime green. I love the lime coloured leaves of the ornamental sweet potato and it makes a great ground cover but it's invading the orange broms so will need to be trimmed back. The orange flowers are nastursiums growing in amongst the sweet potato.
The date palm is flowering.
This Balinese agave Furcraea foetida 'Medio Picta' is almost as tall as me and a couple of meters wide. We had to redesign the garden pathways to accomodate it because we'd under-estimated its spread and planted it too close to the edge. It fights the Bismark Palm for attention at the moment. As it gets bigger the Bismark will win. They are a spectacular palm.
This is a different Bismark in another part of the garden. A friend had it in a pot and didn't want it anymore so we found it a home. Seems happy here.
The area John redesigned and replanted a while back is looking healthy.
Behind the pool everything's growing like wildfire. I need to get into this area with my secateurs. The hibiscus (centre) really need cutting back. They are nearly as high as the palm trees.
Around the front of the house - the climbing bauhinia - from in front of the shed. It grows over a retaining wall as well as over the fence.
In the rainforest area there's always something in bloom this time of year. The Silky Oak grevillia robusta is just starting to flower. Looks like the birds have been into them already - That's OK. That's what they are there for.
I can see someone that needs a trim. I should never have planted a Sheenas Gold in with crotons and cordylines. It just grows far too fast. I liked the contrasting colour but forgot how often they need pruning.
Meanwhile inside, John has brought some Christmas trees up out of the shed.
Only 4 weeks to go.