Monday, 15 November 2010

What's blooming as Summer approaches

As it heats up here, the garden increasingly comes to life. Some of the Cannas are blooming  again after their winter rest.
The red Epicactus or Epiphyllum was hidden away down the back of the greenhouse with the cuttings that didn't take and the half dead plants that I really must throw out. Lucky for me, it's flowers are so large and bright they are hard to miss.
In the rainforest area, the lilly pillies are starting to bloom. There are still many more buds than flowers on most of them. The local birds love these flowers and the red berries that follow.
Justica is covered in pink blossoms. It will keep flowering now for the next few months as long as it gets enough water.  Some of the Ixoras have starting to bloom. They'll be at their peak mid-Summer. The little groundcover daisies and the calliandra have actually flowered throughout winter.

The frangipani have their leaves back again but only a few are starting to flower yet and just a patch here and there. They look their best December through to April. It's still a bit early for them yet. 

Now, if you'd like to see many more marvelous mosaics visit the Dear Little Red House or to be blown away by bountiful blooms visit May Dreams Garden. Just click on the link.

24 comments:

  1. Ahhh, no fair. But it brings great comfort to know that somewhere on this beautiful earth the sun is shining and it's not freezing.

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  2. Lovely blooms! I love those cannas with the variegated leaves.

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  3. Lovely! I like your flowers and the way you arranged them. I am sure the frangipani smells heavenly.

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  4. The epicactus blooms are amazing....the size of them! Wow. Every flower in your mosaic is so beautiful, makes me miss summer very much. But your pictures will help me get through the long, cold winter.

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  5. It's great to see all these flowers! My Canadian garden is pretty close to finished for this year. :)

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  6. Wonderful to see flowers in a garden. Cannas with variegated leaves are one of my favorite. Enjoy your week.

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  7. Such beautiful blooms! Very pretty! And so colorful!

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  8. Beautiful garden. We are entering Autumn and its so nice to see flowers!!!!

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  9. Happy GBBD. Beautiful photos. I love your collages.

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  10. "As Summer Approaches"? I thought well she must be from down under and there you are! Beautiful photos!!!! We are headed into the snowy time pretty soon here!!!

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  11. Oh, how beautiful!!! It is wonderful to see such blooms as our days get shorter and the trees lose their leaves and we look forward to the snow... :)

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  12. Wow! Beautiful blooms. Enjoy your summer.

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  13. ah! Cannas! They are so varied. I think one could become addicted to collecting them. I like your blog because your garden is so different to mine being up North even though we are in the same country.

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  14. Some things are familiar and some aren't...but the idea of warmth right now is irresistible!

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  15. Oh, the flowers are beautiful! Wish it was heating up here instead of freezing up!

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  16. Just magnificent ... you have such a range of fabulous colour. Those Canna are wonderful ... I've never really been a big fan because the huge clumps in gardens around here quickly turn into eyesores with all their decaying leaves and dying stems. I'd imagine it must be a bit of work keeping them looking tidy. Beautiful colours though.

    How strange ... I've just posted my Jacobinia as well. Your pink looks very mature ... mine are only little babies yet.

    Love your spectacular Epiphyllum ... that's just such a brilliant sight ... and your Lilly Pillys are just beautiful. I've never grown any ... but they are on my wish list. Great GBBD post ... I'll be looking forward to seeing all the colour in your Summer garden now.

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  17. What lovely blooms! I'll never get used to seeing summer happening during our Winter...it's so strange!

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  18. Awesome selection of blooms! Love those epiphyllums and the plumerias. The lilly-pillies are so pretty too.

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  19. Your mosaic of flowers are so gorgeous especially the Cannas and Epiphyllum! Great shots of the flowers too! Happy Blooms Day...

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  20. Such drama! Slightly surreal, "visiting" a garden in such a different climate - and time zone. You have some truly stunning plants. Thanks for stopping by my blog this GBBD!

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  21. What fantastic colours, and how wonderful that for you summer is beginning and for me it's now over! You have some lovely plants.

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  22. Incredible color! The " lilly pillies " are new to me.
    I'll have to look them up to learn more. I do love Australian plants!!
    Cheers,
    Alice
    aka Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

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  23. Missy these are wonderful blooms and your post is such a lovely presentation.

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