January is our mid-Summer month here. The wet season has not arrived yet, and the conditions have been quite dry and very, very hot and humid so far. While there has been some rain here this month just in the last couple of days, it's been rather patchy and light.
Yesterday morning there were grey clouds hovering and lovely soft raindrops falling on the corrugated tin roof,
but this morning, the sky is endlessly blue and bright. Our daily temps are usually hovering around 32-36 deg C and humidity levels have reached 'sticky and steamy'. It's not really pleasant being outside at the moment.
That means it's gardening downtime, apart from some early morning or evening watering. There isn't a lot in bloom in my garden right now, and I had to look hard to find something to share today.
Obligingly though, my little Brassocattleya hybrid has just started another blooming cycle, and the first blooms opened today. That was a lovely find on my walk this morning.
I didn't find much else apart from ...
my Aeschynanthus growing in a hanging pot in the shadehouse,
my Indian Rope Hoya, also growing in a hanging pot out in the shadehouse garden.
The Gloriosa Lily that's winding its way up the young Crepe Myrtle shrubs is blooming.
Strangely though, the young Lagerstroemia indicas, or Crepe Myrtles, are still only showing a few small clusters of flowers here and there. That's not usual by midway through Summer. They're usually in full bloom by now.
My Hibiscus schizopetalus is really starting to get back to its former glory now, finally. Both shrubs are getting bulkier and throwing out more and more arching stems and dangling blooms. It's great to see the comeback.
There's not much in the way of flowers out in my courtyard garden space either. There's certainly lots of lovely foliage plants, but the blooms are very sparse. At the moment,
the double white Impatiens walleriana,
the white Justicia carnea,
and the blazing orange Crossandra infundibuliformis, are throwing out a few blooms. That's about it though.
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