Yes it's time for the first Flaunt Your Flowers Friday post for 2011. While a large part of my home state of Queensland is underwater and flooded, up here in the north we're finally seeing the sun! That great big golden ball is starting to make a serious effort to shine all day long after so many, many, many dreary leaden-grey, overcast days. Of course, it continues to be horrid, hot and humid ... but at least the plants are enjoying bright sunlight once more.
January is our mid-Summer and mid-'wet' season month, so let's see what's blooming here in my corner of north-eastern Australia.
Around the property:
Mandevilla 'White Fantasy' with its trumpet-shaped brilliant white flowers.
Mussaenda philippica 'Aurore' is still blooming beautifully ... even if the large bracts are beaten down a little with all the rain!
Occasionally you can spot the little yellow star-shaped flowes trying to peak through those floppy stark white bracts.
My two Lagerstroemia speciosa (Queen's Myrtle) are still showing the occasional spray of flowers. Neither bloomed much during 2010 compared to previous years ... again perhaps it's the result of the unusual weather we had last year.
It's still lovley to see these gorgeous lavender purple flowers ... even if there's fewer than usual.
Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit' or 'Bangkok Rose' is in bloom ... and, of course, the Russelia juncea continues to flower.
So many of my Duranta repens shrubs are flowering ... and a couple are almost completely covered in orange berries as well.
The all-year-round flowers of the green Acalypha wilkesiana often go unnoticed amongst the striking foliage ...
... and the same is true for the Croton flowers.
The flowers of Delonix regia (Poinciana Tree), however, are definitely noticed at this time of year!
Now for some of the flowers that can be found on the potted plants out in my courtyard.
Cleome spinosa 'Senorita Rosalita'.
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' (Brazilian Blue Sage) with its fabulous cobalt blue flowers and black calyces.
The pink Dragon Wing Begonia is showing its lovely flowers...
... as is this pretty Begonia semperflorens.
Curcuma australasica 'Anita'
My one and only flower spray on my rather young Globba winitii or the Mauve Dancing Ladies is still hanging in there.
Costus productus (Orange Spiral Ginger) continues to flower.
For more Flaunt Your Flower/Fertiliser Friday posts, go on over to Tootsie's blog Tootsie Time
I'm also joining in the Today's Flowers meme, and I encourage all to drop by and have a look at some wonderful flower posts on that meme.