Many of our ornamental plants are tropical and so they sulk or go completely dormant in Winter and start to come to life at this time of year.
The red stemmed ginger has reappeared and brought with it flowers.
The frangipani have their leaves back and are starting to bloom again.
Bromeliads are flowering all over the place.
The only problem is that I've been "a bit crook"....well actually more than a bit.... so everything has been neglected. I've discovered that all sorts of weeds REALLY love this time of year as well. I took some photos of the garden beds overgrown with weeds so I can post some before and after shots when I eventually get them back in order again. (for some motivation)
Missy has been doing her doggy duty and has kept me company. In fact, I think she's enjoyed having me home and she doesn't mind the odd snooze on the bed or the couch.
In the vegie patch, most things are looking rather unwell too. There are shivelled strawberry plants, giant tough carrots that should have been harvested weeks ago and lettuce that's long ago gone to seed...and many wonderfully healthy weeds.
There are a few things doing well however.
The corn and beans are looking after each other and ears are stating to appear. In the background (right) are some tomatoes on a very scrawny vine.
Another doing well are the eggplants - not bearing yet but looking healthy with plenty of flowers.
The chillies are doing well also. They love the heat.
So, even though it's being neglected, the garden seems to be doing OK without me.
Maybe I need it much more than it needs me.