Autumn has arrived Downunder ... and in my corner of our great country, it's most welcome. Here in the tropical north, Autumn signals the beginning of the best time of year for our gardens. After the devastation wrought by the recent cyclone and the seemingly endless 'wet' season, it's difficult to find much in my garden that is in fact blooming.
The trees and shrubs are in a state of recovery as they have all been severely trimmed back ... as shown by the ever rising green waste pile in our fire pit.
I have to rely mostly on my potted plants for signs of flower displays. Unfortunately, they too have suffered as a result of the leaching from heavy rainfall and from the lack of sunshine. The only other spot that has just a few blooms is the tiered garden bed which also suffered from flooding as a result of the gushing water flowing downhill right through this area.
So let's see what I found as I wandered around. I was amazed to find ...
... the first bud on my new Justicia brandegeana or Shrimp Plant
... the first ever bloom on my Spathoglottis plicata or Ground Orchid.
It was almost as if my garden was apologising for its demise and was attempting to offer some type of salve for my rather saddened gardening heart.
There weren't many other flowering finds apart from ...
... a few sprays of flowers on my reliable Pentas
... a bloom on my oldest and obviously hardiest Gerbera
... and just a couple of flowers on some of my Salvia splendens.
As if to make up for the pitiful lack of colour out there in my garden, I've noticed a couple of colourful visitors popping by almost every day. Can you see the colourful couple high up in the trees?
This pair of Rainbow Lorikeets have been hanging around looking for food ...
... and one of them looks like it's been in the wars, poor thing! I've been wondering if the wound was suffered during cyclone Yasi.
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