Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Flower Flaunt ... Our first Autumn Month.

It definitely seems as if our wet season has gone MIA this year.  Here we are, with only a few more weeks left before the wet officially ends, and the totals have been very dismal.  I've been MIA from the garden too, because of the summer heat and humidity, but the days have started to become cooler and not as steamy so I'm looking forward to spending some time outdoors this coming weekend.

Before that though, I'm going to catch up with the few blooms that are on show today.

Coleus

Angelonia angustifolia

Cordyline

Aeschynanthus radicans or Lipstick Plant

Jasminum officinale or Poet's Jasmine

Costus productus

Duranta repens

Lagerstroemia speciosa or Queen's Myrtle

I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers


I'm also joining Nix for Floral Friday Fotos

56 comments:

  1. It is always a treat to see what you have growing there, and this post did not disappoint.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. There's really not all that much blooming here at the moment. Well compared to other times of the year anyway. The no-show of a wet season has definitely had an impact.

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  2. It is so fun to see autumn happending when spring is just upon us here in the U.S. Beautiful blooms!

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    1. Thanks Patty. Autumn here is the beginning of the best time of the year.

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  3. There has been a distinct drop in the temperature here as well. it is lovely out in the garden. We have had quite a bit of rain in the last couple of weeks, although I don't think our final totals are as high as we expect the wet season to bring.

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    1. AA, you're lucky you're getting some rain up there. We've had almost nothing apart from a couple of days of scattered showers at the beginning of the month. I think this is going to be one of the driest wets we've had in years.

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  4. The jasmine, angelonia, and cordyline are so beautiful! I pray that you will get needed rain.

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    1. Beth, we really do need a bit more rain before the long dry season sets in, otherwise the plants will really suffer through the months of dry weather that's on the way.

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  5. I know where all the rain has gone Bernie! Wish I could send it down to you. But the flowers you have photographed look all lovely :-)

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    1. I wish you could send some our way, Helene. All the rain seems to have veered off down south this year. Thank goodness for the lovely old hardy blooms around my place. They still keep on keeping on.

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  6. I used to grow Coleus, as did quite well in a shady spot at our last house, but I grew it for the foliage. I don't think I've ever seen one bloom! It's lovely!

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    1. Curbstone, I love the flower spikes on the Coleus. I know many gardeners nip any little flower buds off to encourage the Coleus plants to become more bushy. I rather prefer to see the flowers.

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  7. Hello Bernie,
    what a beautiful series of wonderful blossoms, love it!
    Wish you a nice weekend,
    moni

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    1. Thank you so muhc, Moni. I'm looking forward to doing some gardening this weekend for a change. Fingers crossed the weather stays a little cooler.

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  8. Beautiful Bernie.....sorry you missed your butterfly emerging. Maybe you will see them fluttering around in your pretty garden.

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    1. I've seen a few of the Common Crow Butterflies flitting around the garden, Jean. I'm sure one of them is from my chrysalis.

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  9. Hi Bernie. I wondered why everyone had not been posting but I just found out the Google Reader is messing up. I love your Angelonia and white in the garden. Sorry to hear you are having a dry autumn already. I hope that gets straightened out with the new storm coming in. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Yes I've heard about Google Reader closing down, Lona. I found out via other bloggers though. I didn't see any announcement for myself. I think it's going to affect a lot of bloggers, and cause quite some inconvenience.

      Our drier than usual wet season was predicted by those-that-know at the end of last year. It seems they really do know a thing or two!!! We'll see whether or not we end up with a bit of rain from the weak cyclone that's hovering a fair way out to sea. We can only hope.

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  10. Beautiful there. I love Angelonia and have some pink. It is popping up again this year as spring is approaching. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. I'm such a big fan of Angelonias, Becca. They really do well here in the dry tropics. My favourite is definitely the white, although I also have the pink and the purple.

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  11. Hi Bernie!
    Gorgeous as always! The Poet's Jasmine is so delicate looking, very romantic. sorry haven't been around much, darn real life gets in the way at times ;)
    *hugs*deb

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    1. The perfume from the Jasmine is just divine, Deb. I'm so pleased with how well it came back after the drastic cut back it received two years ago. It still has a long way to go to get back to its former glory, but I'm happy with its progress so far.

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  12. Love looking at your flowers as we are getting snow again...I miss seeing jasmine growing...fell in love with it in Italy.

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    1. Not more snow, Donna! Let's hope this is the last of it, and you start to see sings of Spring soon. Jasmine is just wonderful isn't it? I don't know how I survived without out in my previous gardens!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. We're about to start the best time of the year here in the tropics, and it really is paradise during our Autumn/Winter/Spring.

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  14. Wonderful photos Bernie. Such lovely and interesting flowers.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the blooms, Ingmarie!

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  15. What a beautiful series of excotic and ineresting flowers you have in your garden Bernie. Made me warm on at very cold and snowy winterday here up in the north (Norway). Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I'm very glad the photos provided your day with a little bit of delight. Thanks for visiting, Jannibele.

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  16. Lovely flowers. The rain gone MIA doesn't sound good though.

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    1. Gunilla, it's been a very dry wet seasons with poor totals. That means of course that the plants will find it hard getting through the very long dry season that's on the way.

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  17. Such a lovely variety of color. We haven't had much rain in NZ since Christmas either.

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    1. Sounds like we've had the same sort of summer, Bettyl. Maybe the rain will come again this coming Christmas!

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  18. Several of the plants in photos here, like the Jasmine and the Lipstick Plant are grown here as indoor plants. We love your plants too!

    I adore the photo of the mother kangaroo with the little joey in her pouch! I hope you get some moisture for the sake of your garden.

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    1. Yes Shirley, we really do need some more decent rain. That's pretty much all we talk about these days!!

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  19. How refreshing to see all your beautiful color, when we are longing for spring!

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    1. I do so hope your Spring arrives soon, Connie. It's been a long winter for so many gardeners in the northern hemisphere.

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  20. I have never been by your blog before. Such lovely tropical blooms! That Queen's Myrtle reminds me of the Crepe Myrtle we have in the south, USA.

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    1. Well I appreciate you stopping by, Marie. I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed the blooms.

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  21. You are rich in terms of flowers. :)
    Happy Sunday!

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  22. We must have all your rain down here by mistake. I'm not sure what is worse the plants dying from lack of a good soaking or from roots rotting in the too wet soil. Great blooms. I can't seem to get to your blog via your g+ profile.

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    1. Yes it certainly looks like you got all the usual wet season rain. We're really missing it up here. The plants really need a good soaking.

      Sorry to hear you're having such trouble getting to this blog through my G+ profile. It seems to be working for me, but I'm not an expert at these things by any means.

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  23. Beautiful photos! I love the smell of jasmine. I send greetings from Slovakia :-)

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    1. G'day Daniela. It's wonderful to welcome a visitor from Slovakia. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the blooms that are on show here right now. I too just adore the perfume of the Jasmine.

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  24. Such pretty and different blossoms.

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  25. So good to see the pretty flowers from Coleus. The purists here will trim off the flowers and keep it as a foliage plant - seems like they are really missing out on some lovely little blooms.

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    1. Rosie, I think they're really missing out! The flower spikes are rather majestic, and the little flowers are just gorgeous.

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  26. We're in for a cold rain today, wish we had some of the downunder warmth right now. Your flowers look lovely even with a lack of water.

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    1. Pat, I'll trade you some warmth for some rain! We've certainly got enough of the warm sunny days to give away.

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  27. Wonderful variety of lovely flowers.

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  28. Beautiful and pretty flowers.

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  29. Definitely pretty with each of its own beauty.

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  30. Due to a short trip away and trying to catch up now I am home, I am a bit late commenting this week. However, I didn't want to miss out on letting you know how grateful I am that you shared these beautiful flowers with Today's Flowers. Thank you so much!

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