In part because it seems to rain every weekend. - Not surprising. After all, this is our wet season.
The other reason is that I've hurt my neck and can't do much. A few minutes of weeding is more than enough at the moment - It's very frustrating because there's so much to do.
I need to take lessons from Missy on how to supervise. She looks like she's napping while she does it.
You will note all of these photos are close-ups so as not to show the weeds.
Waterlily about to bloomI am often curious about the garden and why plants do the things they do. I'm guessing that quite a few Summer bloomers must be responding to rain or maybe humidity rather than heat or length of day. Our wet season was a little late in starting this year and some of the plants that usually are in bloom at the start of the year have only just started flowering since the rain began.
Our first canna bloom for the year - better late than never
The heliconias got knocked about in the Australia Day weekend storm and lost a few stems but this one seems to have recovered already. I'm hoping some of my other heliconias start flowering soon.
Certain plants are even flowering out of season. The agapanthus that bloomed in Spring have a second flush of flowers and the Tibouchina usually flowers in Autumn but look it.
It deserves a second look..... a bit closer
People might complain about rain, but plants certainly love it.
Another thing I discovered while checking out the garden - extremely large caterpillars eating the alocasias in our pond.
If anyone can shed light on what they are I'd be grateful. They start out green and end up a pinky-brown (maybe because they are munching on red/black leaves) and they are about 6-7cm long.
They've demolished almost the entire plant.
On a brighter note... another surprise
An orchid we adopted from John's mothers' house is flowering - Again I haven't a clue what it is, but it's lovely.
Did I just see that croton smile?