Wednesday, December 15, 2010
It's An Early Summer's Blooming Day In North-Eastern Downunder - December GBBD
It's time for a GBBD (Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day) post from Downunder. It's early Summer and I took a walk around the garden this morning after another shower of rain. It was a fairly short walk ... the humidity level rose to 90% after the shower whilst the mercury said 26 deg C, it felt more like 29 deg C even though it was only 7.30 am! Ah ... the pleasures of what we fondly call 'the build-up' ... the period in between the episodes of pelting rain when we sit and swelter in the humidity and longingly wish for more rain to give us some respite.
So, come along on the walk with me on this early Summer's day. Grab your cuppa as there's a bit to see.
First we go out through the Greenhouse/Shadehouse garden ...
The Coleus is flowering beautifully ...
and so are all the Dragonwing Begonias.
Now what is that I spy draped across the front of the red Dragonwing?
What a charming sight ... like little diamonds glistening in the morning sun! As I turn around, my eyes fall on another enchanting display. It's the stunning Mauve Dancing Lady ... Globbi winitii. I just love this beauty!
Then I spot a tiny delicate little beauty right besdie the Globbi ... it's the first bloom on my Geranium 'Jester's Jacket'. What a delight!
I noticed that the Calathea ornata hadn't quite opened up yet ... still saying its morning prayers perhaps!
How bright and cheery are those little yellow star flowers?
There's also the fluffy vision of Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' ...
... and the welcome sight of the gorgeous white Pentas right beside it.
Now let's take a quick stroll down the hillside driveway ... accompanied by the call of the Spangled Drongo, looking resplendent this morning with its long forked tail, glossy black plumage and blood red eyes,
all the while listening to the little Kookaburra learning how to sing like its mother ... he's not very good just yet! He sounds more like a hoarse opera singer, but I'm sure he'll be laughing with gusto before too long.
I spot the very last spray of Jacaranda mimosifolia flowers left in the tree at the top of the hill driveway.
The brilliant foliage of one of the many Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Roseflake' bushes catches my eye quickly ...
... but then, I turn and see my stunning Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree - is in full bloom at the end of the driveway! I rush on down barely noticing the blooms high up on the branches of the Plumeria ...
... yeah, yeah quite pretty ...
... but take a look at this! I stop to drink it all in.
It really does look magnificent this morning full of little golden buds and those superb bright golden yellow blooms.
If you look closely enough, you'll also see just a couple of bottlebrush blooms on my Callistemon citrinus right beside my Cassia.
Then alongside my Callistemon is my Citharexylum spinosum, commonly known as the Fiddlewood, and it's covered in sprays of tiny pristine white flowers which are attracting lots of little bees at the moment.
Now, as I swing around, I am greeted by another terrific beauty ... my white Mussaenda philippica.
I just adore the frilly frothy white blooms on this shrub.
Time to head back inside, down the pergola stairway, past the wonderful windmill fronds of the Pritchardia pacifica or Fiji Palm ...
... strolling through the Courtyard Garden a little too hastily ... tripping past the dazzling Wrightia,
... the darling Dahlias
... the delicate Peace Lily
... the definitely different curled-up caterpillarish-looking new unfurling fronds of the Tree Fern
... the dazzling cascade of Dichondra 'Silver Falls' ...
... and the delightful show of the Evolvulus Pilosus 'Sapphire blue'.
Oh dear, I think the heat and humidity is getting to me ... what's with all these d's? Definitely, time for my early holiday morning daily double ... tea and toast out in the shade of the Courtyard Garden! Look, Mother Nature has already decorated the table for me.
For other GBBD posts, make sure you visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.