The rain has continued to fall ... the sun occasionally pops out to remind us that it's still around ... and the humidity continues to suck the sweat and the energy out of our bodies!
Most teachers have returned to school for student-free week, including me, and we've all been hard at work pumping our minds with fabulous ideas and getting ready for the excited arrival of students next week! A lot of my school is still pretty much a construction site which has presented a whole different set of difficulties for the beginning of a new school year ... hence the delay in posting! Sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging!
Anyway ... back to flowers. As a result of the drastic trimming back of all those rather haggard and exhausted looking potted plants out in the shadehouse and courtyard, there aren't really that many blooms around right now, but here's a few of the flowers I did manage to spot this week.
Dianthera nodosa or Pretty In Pink ... a relative of the Shrimp Plant.
Allamanda cathartica 'Sunee' ... the dwarf variety of the Golden Trumpet.
Elsewhere in the garden, I keep finding Allamanda cathartica flowers scattered around the courtyard floor ...
... but the vine itself is hard to see as it's now wound its way up the Sterculia tree right to the top branches.
The Malvaviscus arboreus or Sleepy Hibiscus continues to throw out a few blooms.
You have to look closely to spot the flowers of the Kaempferia elegans or Peacock Ginger. They hide in amongst the beautifully patterned leaves.
The tiny flowers of our native Violet, Viola hederacea, often go unnoticed but I think they deserve to be on show.
My Celosia have re-seeded all over the place and have powered on through the Summer despite the lack of sunshine, constant rain with regular torrential downfalls. They have now gone to the top of my list of 'annuals suitable for my garden'. I shall be encouraging them far more now they've proven their worth.
When the sun does make an appearance around here, the butterflies suddenly appear from everywhere although some do look like they've been in the wars! (Apologies for the scenic background of my hubbie's 'outdoor work' shirt!)
I've also been seeing quite a few snakes crawling out to find a spot in the sun! This shot was taken from inside my kitchen looking out to the shadehouse where I just been!
The weather, work and wildlife are all conspiring to keep me from gardening these days! So unfair!
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