For the last few days, the morning temperatures here have been sub-zero (-2C) which means frost. Our tropical plants are like me and can't stand the cold. Quite a few that are exposed to the elements have suffered frost-burn. The dead brown leaves will need to be cut back once all chance of frost is past - in a month or so.
African-Aussie from Far North Queensland. I can't wait to sow these seeds and see the results. I hope they will attract butterfies for me too, but I can't expect to attract the same range of beautiful butterlies that visit her garden.
There are a few bright spots.
I have tried throughout the garden to create microclimates to protect the more sensitive plants and in some parts it's beginning to have a positive effect.
and not just one lonely flower.
Another hibiscus close to the pool is also flowering. Again, it has palms protecting it.
The good old faithful climbing bauhinia STILL has some flowers. This makes it official. It flowers all year round. What a plant! ...and the only care it gets is to be cut back when it spreads too far.
It has seed pods. I've never tried to grow it from seed but I think it may be worth a try. If anyone (from Australia) would like some seed to try please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I can post you some pods. I can't guarantee results but we can try.
There's a few flowers in the vegie patch. They have a special charm. They turn into yummy food.
like the snap peas
The strawberries are flowering at the moment as well.
I love to see their flowers because I know what comes next.
It was too cold for me this morning to wander around the entire garden so I may have missed the odd bloom.
I noticed the strelizias were still flowering although on closer inspection some of the flowers were looking a bit singed by the frost. They are tough and don't seem to mind the odd cold spell.
The driveway hedge is making progress dispite the weather, but if you look closely at the new growth, there are a few frost bitten leaves. I have no doubt, they'll recover and by Summer it will look like a hedge again.
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