Poinsettias are just starting to show their colour and will provide bold bright colour through the cooler months.
A close cousin, Snow Flake Euphorbia leucocephala is starting to bloom as well.
Many of our plants go dormant or (at the very least) look ratty over winter. They are being chopped back and shredded then given a nice deep blanket of mulch to keep their roots warm. Others will continue to flower all through winter but are not at their best in the cooler months.
The Brasilian Red Cloak is an autumn flowerer and will soon be finished.
Callistamen keeps flowering
The heliconias are holding on but need to be cut back soon. Each stem flowers once then dies back. We won't see them again until the weather warms up.
In other parts of the world it's Spring and gardens are bursting with blooms. Check them out at Carol's May Dreams Gardens.
Before you go though, I have to show you my bromeliad flower again.
This is the same flower I photographed last month. Not only are they huge, they last for ages.