Well the conditions seemed to have returned to our usual mid-Winter and dry season experiences ... bright sunny, blue-sky days. Today is definitely one of those glorious mid-Winter days, with the mercury up at around 25 deg C (77 F) right now, just before midday, and only a low of 14 deg C (57 F) expected tonight. Ah, winter! There really is nothing quite like a tropical winter!
There's nothing different on show today, compared to last week or the week before, or the week before that. Well, you get the idea!
The huge frilly, showy Petunia 'Giant Victorious' and 'Double Whites' really cheer me up when I come home form a long day's work and step onto the courtyard.
The brilliant double white Impatiens walleriana looks wonderful as a backdrop to all the colour of the Petunias.
I don't know what I'd do without Impatiens around the place. They are such a fabulous plant for the tropics. I really adore the blooms of the New Guinea Impatiens, Impatiens hawkeri 'Celebrette',
and I love the way the old-fashioned single-bloom Impatiens walleriana just pops up around the place ... in pots out in the shadehouse,
or in the potted Asiatic and Oriental Lilies when they have died back. I don't mind these volunteers at all.
I'm also loving the usual wintertime display from my potted Azaleas out on the courtyard,
and my dwarf Azalea out in the front garden bed.
One of my favourite sights is this Salvia splendens hybrid in bloom out in the courtyard. This is Salvia 'Dusky Hues' and I just love the range of beautiful reds, pinks, apricots and purples.
I think they look fabulous even when the blooming cycle is coming to an end.
They are firm favourites with the resident Yellow-Bellied Sunbirds, who are feasting on the nectar of these flowers every day at the moment. The photo above shows a female enjoying here early morning sip!
She also enjoyed snacking on the blooms of my Schlumbergera.
Here's the male, with his fantastic metallic blue patch, also enjoying the Salvia blooms.
My reliable Begonia semperflorens or Wax Begonias are doing their thing, as usual,
and my Begonia 'Tiger Paws' has started its blooming cycle once more. I do so love seeing these tall flower spikes appear.
The dwarf pink Euphorbia pulcherrima is showing its first bracts and blooms. Unfortunately I lost both my red and my white Poinsettias during the cyclone last year. I'm missing their wintertime display very much this year.
One sight I haven't seen in a couple of years is the bloom spike on one of my Dracaena fragrans, commonly known as the Happy Plant here in Oz or the Corn Plant in the U.S. I can't wait for the blooms to open and I can once again catch a whiff on its wonderful perfume gently wafting around the courtyard.
I'm joining Tootsie for her Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers meme
I'm joining Tina for Weekend Flowers