The garden areas around the property are not much to look at right now. There's far too many sad and sorry looking plants and not many flowers to be seen outside the shadehouse or courtyard. There are however, still some Hibiscus rosa-sinensis blooms way up high where the wallabies haven't yet been able to reach.
Of course there are no leaves left on the bottom half of most Hibiscus shrubs at the moment. I have visions of them dragging in trampolines to help them jump higher in order to reach more leaves. But let's focus on the flowers instead.
The pots of Gazanias are sitting up on the table out in the courtyard now, along with quite a few other potted palnts, to keep them safe from nibbling wallabies.
The Bonanza Petunias had to be cut back as they were getting far too leggy. So they're not looking their best either at the moment.
My Bumble Bee Petunias are the saving grace out of all the potted plants in the courtyard right now. Along with those gorgeous Vanilla Marigolds.
Although there have been a couple of interlopers pop up in amongst those Vanilla Marigolds!!!
The Torenias are retuning slowly after being nibbled to stubs by the aforementioned eating machines.
Thankfully the wallabies don't seem to have acquired a taste for Snapdragons .... yet!
A few blooms have re-appeared on the Tabernaemontana out in the courtyard as to help cheer me up ...
... and look, finally a flower spike on my Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'! That was a lovely surprise this week.
The sweet flowers of the Streptocarpus caulescens are another little delight that can be found out in the munched and mangled mess that is the Courtyard Garden at the moment.
This tuberous Begonia under the pergola is showing its first every little pink flowers.
So is this Cane Begonia out in the Shadehouse Garden.
Out in the tiered garden beds, the Euphorbia pulcherrima and the Salvia splendens are both coming to the end of their flowering ...
... but the Ozthamnus diosmifolius is putting on its best display.
Out in the Shadehouse Garden, my ever reliable Impatiens wallerianas just keeps on keeping on. Thank goodness the wallabies haven't found a way into the shadehouse as yet. I don't think they've worked out how to lift the latch on the doors! But give them time and you never know.
I'm off on a weekend break with my darling better half, to celebrate 33 years of wedded bliss ... that's right isn't it darling?!! ... and then I'm heading off to spend a week with my darling grandchildren ... oh and my eldest son and my daughter-in-law. They're always complaining I only ever come to see the grandchildren. I'm hoping while I'm away that the wallabies don't learn how to take pots off the table or decide that absolutely everything they haven't tried yet is now worth a little taste test.
For fabulous Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers posts, go on over and visit Tootsie. You'll enjoy a look at what's flowering from gardens all around the world.