Just after the sun came up this morning I braved the rain (actually just drissle), put on my plastic gardening crocs and checked out what's flowering for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Each stem flowers only once then dies, so we are kept busy at this time of year cutting everything back and mulching.
Unlike the heliconias, strelizia don't seem to notice the seasons. They just keep flowering for most of the year given enough food and water.
Golden candles Pachystachys lutea seems to keep a few blooms for most of the year too. I have been waiting for it to stop flowering to prune, but I'm still waiting.
This is one of the justicas I bought at the Ipswich Plant Fair. I haven't worked out their peak flowering period yet.
Our bauhinia corymbosa was cut back quite hard a while ago but you wouldn't know it. There are buds everywhere so it will soon be a mass of flowers again.
The ixoras have almost finished blooming. There's just a flower here and there rather than a mass of blooms.
The calliandra is loving this rain.
Some of the bromeliads have created their own little water gardens.
We have a couple of Autumn flowerers that are at there best this time of year. I should add more so there is year round "interest".
Brazilian Red Cloak
(No close-up. I wanted to keep out of the rain as much as I could)
We call this plant blue ginger but it's not a ginger at all. It does look like one though. It behaves like a ginger to some degree as well, liking lots of moisture and shade, but unlike gingers it flowers in Autumn and grows from stem cuttings.
I could be wrong but I think this bromeliad is a billbergia pyramidalis. That's it at the top of the page but I thought it deserved closer inspection. Isn't it beautiful?
With Spring in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere I'm looking forward to seeing lots a beautiful blooms via GBBD hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
I'm also linking to Nick's Floral Friday Fotos from Australia (a little belately - sorry Nick).