Parts of my home state of Queensland have really been suffering over the last two weeks. The second cyclone of this summer has caused havoc. Even though it deteriorated into a monsoonal low quite quickly, ex-cyclone Oswald marched down our eastern coast and caused catastrophic flooding in some parts of the state. Four lives have been lost, and thousands were evacuated from their homes.
Up here in my corner of the north, we escaped the terrible consequences of Oswald. He simply bought us a couple of days of very heavy rainfall, which was most welcome. We've been watching the news reports, and felling so very lucky that we dodged the bullet.
Here, in my garden, the plants have been suffering in the extremely hot and humid conditions we've been experiencing since the downpour from ex-cyclone Oswald. Our days and nights have been horrid lately, and we're waiting on some thunderstorm activity and some more rain to cool things down a little. We haven't seen a drop of rain since Oswald moved down south at the end of last week.
The Portulaca always seems to look great despite the conditions.
The trailing Pelargonium peltatum is still throwing out these gorgeous flower sprays.
The Thunbergia erecta 'Tru Blu' is literally covered in its lovely purpley-blue flowers.
I was surprised to see this bloom on Hemerocallis 'Rue Madelaine'. I've never seen any Hemerocallis bloom in my garden this late in the summer.
The flowerheads on Lagerstroemia indica are appearing rather late in the summer as well. My shrubs are still rather young, but the older specimens around town have been blooming for a couple of months now, and are coming to the end of their blooming cycle. My little babies seem to be out of sync with what's going on with the other Crepe Myrtles.
Salvia madrensis is starting its next blooming cycle.
There are still a few blooms on the Plumeria.
The oldest, more mature Murraya paniculata is blooming again. It's absolutely covered in its fragrant stark-white flowers, and the perfume is wonderful. The courtyard is filled with the perfume from these flowers, especially early in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening. These flowers have the most exquisite sweet fragrance.
My oldest Ixora, which was severely damaged a couple of years ago by a cyclone, is finally starting to reach its previous height of around 2 metres, and is throwing out many, many flowerheads once again. I've missed this sight in the two years since Yasi. It's wonderful to see the old lady draped in red once more.
I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers,
Nix for Floral Friday Fotos,