This is the time of year that makes gardening such a joy. Every day I head out to the Hemerocallis bed to see if there are any surprises. I only started this bed late last year and while the clumps of Hemerocallis are so small, there's the promise of great things to come. This week it was Hemerocallis 'Jamaican Me Crazy' that opened up ... such a cheery sight!
As our middle month of Spring is drawing to a close, the weather has remained unpredictable. We've been experiencing gusts of wind that have whipped leaves off trees and showers of rain that have drenched the garden albeit rather briefly. The morning skies have been quite dramatic.
I'm going to take a detour from my property first and head out into the bushland surrounding my home. I know I can't take credit for these blooms, but I would love to share them anyway. Right now, out in the bush, our native Planchonia careya or Cocky Apple trees are blooming profusely. I've never seen so many flowers on these trees in the years I've lived out here ... an indication of just how our usual 'dry' season did not really eventuate this year.
The bees are loving the profusion of blooms ... and they're buzzing around the trees every evening as the sun goes down.
The reason the bees don't turn up until early evening is because the flowers on the Cocky Apple won't open up until around 5.00 or 6.00 pm in the evening. It's a strange quirk of nature that the stunning Cocky Apple's flowers will only open at night and will fall off the next morning.
Alright, back onto the property now. One of the huge trees that's flowering right now is the Albizia lebbeck, sometimes called the Siris Tree. It's a very tall tree, reaching well over 30 feet, so it's difficult to get great shots of the flowers. They look like greenish-yellow pompoms.
Another one of the tall trees on our property that's covered in flowers is the Tabebuia pallida. These flowers are not all that noticeable on the massive tree as they are such a delicate pale pink colour. But if you get up close you can see how lovely they are with their yellow throats.
Elsewhere around the property, the Bougainvillea is putting on its display ....
and the first flowers are appearing on one of my Plumeria rubras.
This is the gorgeous pink Plumeria rubra or Frangipani.
My Brunfelsia latifolia syn. bonodora or the more commonly known 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' shrub, has begun to bloom.
Out in the Courtyard Garden my Kaempferia elegans has woken from its slumber and some of its gorgeous little pink flowers are showing their faces again.
Other plants out in the Courtyard Garden that are flowering now include the stunning Ixora 'Twilight Glow', which is covered in flowers once more ...
and the Jacobinia carnea syn. Justicia carnea which is showing its fabulous white plumes again.
Petunias are still flowering out there ...
and so are the Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'.
My favourite little miniature Dahlia is still flowering ...
... and my Impatiens balsamina is in bloom out in the Shadehouse Garden.
Flower Flaunt / Fertiliser Friday is a reminder for me that it's time to head out and feed those fabulous plants that are rewarding me with such great blooms. Please drop by Tootsis's blog to see loads of other great Flower Flaunt / Fertilizer Friday posts.
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