We had a very strange day of weather today. There were gale force winds and rain all day. My suburb lost power for pretty much the entire day, as the almost cyclonic winds apparently caused some damage to the power lines on the flats. There wasn't much to do all day without power, and of course the rain prevented me from getting out into the garden.
The 65mm of rain that fell here today means it's been the wettest May day in almost 25 years. Rain in May is quite unusual, and certainly the amount we saw today is rather uncharacteristic at this stage of our dry season!
On top of all that, it was a rather chilly day for us. The mercury never got over 20 deg C today (68 F) and the prediction for tonight is 13 C (55 F). It's the first taste of Winter! ... Yes, these are Winter temps for us!!! I had to break out a jumper today! Yesterday it was 30 deg C (86 F), so the drastic drop was very noticeable.
I did manage to grab a few shots of blooms today, in between showers of rain.
Looking out from the back verandah onto the courtyard garden, there was some colour to be seen.
Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' and Azalea.
Impatiens hawkeri 'Celebrette', Colours, Salvia 'Victoria White', Torenia 'Violet Magic', Gomphrena globosa 'Buddy Purple' and Angelonia angustifolia 'Serena White'.
The first white bracts and tiny flowers have appeared on the winter blooming Euphorbia leucocephala or Snow Flake Bush.
The little pot of Pansies had to be rescued from the rain and brought in to the house today, which was a rather nice change.
Wandering out along the front verandah, I could see some colour in the tiered garden beds.
The Duranta repens shrub is dripping with its orange berries, but it's the Salvia madrensis and Scutellaria suffrutescens that stand out in the dreary conditions.
In the front garden bed the Mussaenda philippica 'Bangkok Rose' is still covered in pink bracts and tiny yellow flowers.
Out in the shadehouse the Dragon Wing Begonias are in full bloom.
Eventually, I just had to venture out under the umbrella once the wind had died down. I found some lovely blooms on my newly planted dwarf Hibiscus. The flowers don't open fully on this little shrub, but they still look quite lovely.
I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers
and Ewa's Flowers On Saturday