It's been a grey, overcast, drizzly day today. Yes we have all loved the soft rain that's fallen over the last week, human and animal alike, but it's certainly not exactly what we expect during our wet season.
While it's been absolutely great to hear the soft rain falling on the tin roof, and taking shelter from the gentle raindrops, we're all wondering what's happened to the true wet season. The sun-baked, hardened ground needs driving, pelting monsoonal rain so that all the established plants can get a decent drink.
We did see some heavier falls on Sunday, at the beginning of the week, and there have been a couple of days when very light showery rain fell through the week. However, the total so far for February is only 51.6 mm (2 inches), which is quite significantly lower than the usual rainfall total for the beginning of February.
I've woken to some lovely sunrises this week,
and the plants out in the garden have certainly brightened up a little in appreciation of the showers of rain.
Here's a look at some of the blooms to be found out and about today. The Rain Lilies are popping up.
The heavenly perfume of the Murraya paniculata blooms hangs in the air.
The rather tall Murraya specimen that grows opposite the pergola is absolutely covered in flower sprays, and the driveway and garden bed beneath is strewn with the old blooms that have fallen from the shrub.
These stunning white flowers will appear when the rains begin, and fill corners of the place with their heady scent. You know there's some rain around when you smell their perfume.
There's also the faint perfume of Jasmine in the air.
The first of the summertime blooms of my Jasminum officinale or Poet's Jasmine are starting to appear. It seems rather late, given that this is the last summer month, but I welcome their appearance.
My Gingers have finally started rising from their dormancy, again it seems rather later than expected.
Globba capicola, also known as Golden Dragon blooms have appeared at long last.
So have the blooms of Globba winitii, or the Mauve Dancing Ladies.
There are a few other blooms scattered here and there, but nothing is absolutely covered in blooms here at the moment, apart from the tall Murraya.
Hibiscus schizopetalus or the Japanese Lantern Hibiscus
Gloriosa rothschildiana or Gloriosa Lily
Lagerstroemia indica or Crepe Myrtle
Clerodendrum ugandense (apparently now Rotheca), or Blue Butterly Bush.
Trusty old Gerberas
Cleome spinosa 'Senorita Rosalita'
Double white Impatiens walleriana
Allamanda cathartica 'Sunee'
I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers