It's almost five months into the 'dry' season now. Annuals and perennials are starting to struggle because of thirst or they've suddenly become the main dish for the hungry wallabies. The re-growth of trees and shrubs recovering from cyclone damage has pretty much stalled and the property is looking not only parched and brown, but rather unkempt and unloved. Keeping things going through the Springtime here can be hard work and the gardening spirit starts to wane just a little.
It's about now that I do, however, start to really appreciate the brilliant leaves of the many foliage plants scattered here and there ...
... and the fantastic plumage of the Lorikeets that I've been spotting when I'm wandering a little despondent and dispirited through the parched landscape.
It's enough to sustain this dry tropics gardener for a little bit longer.
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