Monday, 25 February 2013

A Pain in the Neck

I haven't been out in the garden very much recently.
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 bloom
I 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
Heliconia rostrata
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.

White agapanthus
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
Tibouchina Alstonville
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.

It's raining at the moment and there's more forecast.

Did I just see that croton smile?


  1. Sorry to hear you have a sore neck, I hope it heals very soon. I love the flowers you've showcased in this post, all except the canna are exotic to me and gorgeous. We are having moisture of another type, snow, here and color is scarce. We're seeing a great deal of white and nothing else. The orchid is so lovely and the heliconia is stunning, too. The caterpillar is scary, what an appetite!

    So good to visit you, your garden is always beautiful.

  2. Hahaha the ol' close up to avoid showing the weeds... I know it well. Orchids are beautiful.

  3. This rain lately has been great for the garden, but it is starting to get to be a bit of a pain. Our paddock is flooding again.... but at least the frogs are happy, they're almost deafening.

    Oh, and I just wanted to let you know that your orchids looks to me like a brassavola, they're lovely orchids.

    Happy Gardening,

  4. Sorry to hear you have a sore neck, hope you feel better soon :) A lovely selection of blooms there!

  5. Ros, I have the very same caterpillars here. They just ate two of my caladiums, but I have tolerated them in the hope that they turn into something lovely. The wet weather is a bit of a trial at the moment, and my weeds have gone mad too. If only the caterpillars ate them!

  6. I hope your neck feels better soon. Brownie sends you "feel better soon" wishes too.
    I know how frustrated you must feel, seeing all the work that has to be done, and you can't do it. Don't stress. Rest and it will be okay.
    I have no idea what that caterpillar is, but it would have to be escorted from my garden post haste.
    I'm thinking I should be able to grow that white agapanthus here too, but it's very finicky in our climate.
    Missy has to give you a course in supervising. If she can do it while napping, she's very good.

  7. Oh I hope your neck heals soon - take a rest now as when this rain ends you will want to be out doing up the veggie garden :) the rainy season definitely seems to be coming later every year now. Last year was the same (I checked back on my blog) My excuse is that I might as well wait until the rain slows down to do the weeding, and get them all at once.

  8. Your intense blue Tibouchina immediately grabbed my attention. I have one that blooms frequently but nowhere close to your spectacular one. The red caterpillar is getting plump off the fat of your land. Looks like its going to pupate soon and you might be rewarded with a lovely flying flower. Hope your neck heals soon.

  9. Greetings from rainy grey Canberra. Sorry about your neck, I hope you feel better soon.


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