Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful? Oh dear, now I'm waxing on using Stevie's lyrics! Apologies, but this solitary beauty appeared just this morning ... just in time for my stroll around the garden while the rain clouds hovered in preparation for the daily dose of liquid sunshine. I couldn't have been happier to see this gorgeous thing ... it's a pass-along so I'm not entirely sure what it is. (Thank you Ami, after seeing your comment below, I did some research and you're right ... this is Iris domestica, previously known as Belamcanda chinensis, and commonly known as Leopard Lily).
Anyway, it was a joy to behold ... a promise of more beauty to come!
Here in the southern hemisphere, March is the first month of Autumn ... and in my corner of north-eastern Australia, Autumn is really the start of a brand new gardening year.
I say good riddance to the hot, sultry, steamy Summer and soon I'll be able to bid farewell to the horribly long, drenching 'wet' season with its' accompanying nasty, damaging cyclone season.
So much of my garden is in recovery mode and it's not a pretty sight. The whole place is looking totally sodden and water-logged ... there's no chance of mowing.
Everywhere you look there's stumps (can you see the Coconut Palm tree stump through the stairway railings?) where there used to be tall shrubs or trees. There are rather ugly nastily trimmed trees, thanks to the force of cyclonic winds, and broken dying branches up high in trees where our ladder just won't reach. These are sights I don't want to share.
Scattered throughout the Courtyard, Shadehouse and Front Garden are some blooms ... some are hidden by hideously overgrown patches of ferns ... some have just started to appear again after experiencing a very, very tough summer ... and some have been in the background largely unnoticed until they're suddenly now they're one of the few things that are actually flowering!
My ever-tough Pentas and Hibiscus fit that category, along with the tiny flowering Cuphea plants that are hidden in under so many of the shrubs.
So, let's see what's out there if you look really, really closely!
Look! I spotted just a couple of lovely dainty Pink Trumpet flowers on one of my decimated Tabebuias. It's almost like the tree is saying it will never be beaten! Such a welcome sight!
I also spotted a raceme of golden yellow flowers on my rather battered Cassia fistula ... the lonely spray was way up high and almost hidden at the back of the tree, but my eagle eyes found it!
To share what else I found in bloom around my place, I have created a little slideshow. There's music accompanying the show, so please go over to the sidebar on the right and turn off the Playlist ... the stop button is at the bottom of the circle shape on the virtual ipod, sorry it's hard to see!
I'll end off by showing some of the fabulous foliage plants adding a touch of interest to this early Autumn garden that's slowly getting back on its' feet, so to speak! These fabulous plants have weathered the storms, the deluge and even the cyclones of the past Summer, and deserve their place in the sun!
I'm joining Mary's Mosaic Monday meme,
Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - GBBD meme,
and Pam's Foliage Follow-Up meme with my post today.
Please do go and visit these sites to see some fabulous photos.