The early morning sunrises and evening sunset skies have been stunning. This was the sunrise viewed from my verandah just this week ....
... and this was the early evening sky on the very same day. Such fantastic colour!
I've recovered enough from the seemingly endless battle with some nasty virus I had picked up recently to finally get out to do some of the much needed clearing out and trimming back. I have to admit that the poor Shadehouse/Greenhouse Garden looks like a huge mess! Some crazy lady has been in there unmercilessly hacking and yanking in between bouts of uncontrollable coughing and spluttering.
I've managed to create the same sort of chaos and mess out in the tiered front garden bed as well, but I made some lovely unexpected finds out there.
Around two years ago I planted two lovely Kalanchoe blossfeldianas ... each in a different tier. They both struggled. I kept breaking off bits and shoving them in the soil, hoping one of the slips would take. I don't know how, given just how much water rushed through this whole area of the garden during the 'wet' season, but one of the slips has rooted and grown and it's just beginning to bloom!!! Wonder of wonders. Look at this hardy little thing! I almost trampled on it in the midst of my tidying frenzy, but my surprising little survivor is intact.
Right behind this little trooper, one of the red Salvia splendens I had planted in the top tier suddenly made a re-appearance as well. Don't you love it when plants seemingly rise from the dead?
But there was more! About a year ago, Hubbie gave me a piece of a plant that was growing in the garden beds at his workplace. He'd thought I would like it a lot and had pulled out a piece to bring home. I just shoved it in a spot on the middle tier and promptly forgot about it, not expecting it to do anything really as hubbie had just yanked the poor thing out without much consideration about actually leaving roots on it.
I hadn't really noticed it in amongst the ferns that had taken over, and just like the Kalanchoe, I was not expecting it to survive the river of water that swept over the tiers for weeks and weeks. But ... guess what! Here's another of my lovely surprises this week.
Out in my Courtyard Garden I found another surprise this week. I've had a Tree Begonia sitting in a pot under the pergola for some time now. It's been knocked over by wallabies that like to come into the sheltered pergola area for a snooze. It's had its' arching branches broken off by dive-bombing Kookaburras coming in to drink at the pond. It's been ignored ... by me ... and given very little attention aside from the infrequent watering when I finally remember it's there. Well, I certainly noticed it the other day when I saw its' flowers.
But even that wasn't the end of the surprises this week.
I've had a Strobilanthes dyerianus / Persian Shield for a little while now and it just has not done well. It's been a sickly looking thing ever since I bought it over a year ago. I've moved it ... re-potted it ... tried to keep it moist because I know it doesn't like being dry ... done a little bit of pruning to try to encourage new growth.
Yep, none of these things worked. So, feeling fed up with it after it was really knocked about during the cyclone earlier this year, I hacked it back almost to soil level. It's been sitting at the back of my 'plant hospital' spot out in the courtyard and when I finally starting clearing this area out, this is what I found.
It's a never-ending challenge figuring out what to do with some plants.
Anyway, now for some of the plants I was fully expecting to be in bloom right now out in the courtyard and are doing what I think they should be doing.
My gorgeous Pelargonium 'Caliente Series' and Impatiens hawkeri / New Guinea Impatiens 'Celebrette Orchid Star'.
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