Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Flower Flaunt ... On This Last Day of Summer.

Today is officially our last day of Summer.  While the summery temps and humidity levels will continue for some time yet, our seasons are defined by a grouping of calendar months and so our summer officially ends on the last day of February.

Out in the garden at the moment I can spot ...


the last of the Cassia fistula flowers


the very last of the Delonix regia blooms


Torenias and Water Lilies


Clerodendrum ugandense or Blue Butterfly


Duranta repens


Hibiscus schizopetalus or Japanese Lantern Hibiscus


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis


Hedychium coronarium or White Ginger


Plumeria pudica


Pennisetum rubra


Mussaenda 'Calcutta Sunset'


Zephyranthes or Rain Lily


Jasminum officinale


Now while this is not a shot of a lovely flower, I thought I'd share anyway.   It is a lovely photo of something I've been discovering out in my shadehouse garden every morning and the sight does bring a smile to my dial just like the sight of gorgeous flowers.


This is a mother Agile Wallaby.  She's been living in and around our place for quite some time now with her joey.  The joey has grown and can no longer fit in mum's pouch, but still stays with her all the time.  They seem to have moved into my shadehouse garden to sleep at night and I often find them out there first thing in the morning.


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


24 comments:

  1. Bernie, she is just lovely. She has found a loving and safe haven for her and her joey :)
    Oh bring on April! perhaps I can shut the aircon down then.
    A gorgeous selection of flowers, as always!

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    1. Yes I'm with you there, Rose. Bring on April! I can't wait for the respite from the humidity and heat. We have been having a few cooler evenings lately, but the days are still pretty fierce.

      That mother and joey have been hanging around here for such a long time now that they're almost like our family. I think the mother is a little deaf and obviously feels safe here. The little one doesn't leave her side much at all even though it's almost as tall as mum now!

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  2. She's adorable! I'm glad they've found a safe place to stay. Happy weekend, Bernie!

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    1. She's feeling right at home, Gunilla.

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  3. Gorgeous flowers! Love the blues. So glad your visitor feels so comfortable and safe in your garden...so sweet!
    *hugs*deb

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  4. Oh i love that mama wallaby, i hope you can take Joey's photo next time. My Hedychium has long been bald and dormant because it is almost dry season. My duranta's leaves are yellowish now but still with some flowers. But i love your dark-blackish flower at the lowest right portion of the first photo, what is that?

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    1. Andrea, the joey kept hiding behind the ferns while the mother popped her head up to look at me. I hung around for a bit trying to get a shot of the joey but it wasn't very co-operative.

      My Hedychium has been transplanted to one of the new garden beds and it's just loving it. It has been sitting in a pot in the shadehouse garden for two years now and it didn't bloom at all last year. The change in spot has obviously suited it.

      The dark-blackish thing in the top photo is actually the dead perianth of the Cassia fistula. It's quite lovely when you take the time to notice it. I don't think I've ever really paid attention to it before, so thank you for your question.

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  5. How cute to have your own resident wallabies. Your flowers are lovely as usual.

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    1. Thanks Diane. The mother and joey pair have been around here for quite a while now and seem to think it's their home. They never seem to leave.

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  6. It's not wonder the mother and her little one have moved into your lovely spaces. They are beautiful, full of love and joy of life and very comforting for humans and critters alike.

    My favorite plant of yours in this post is Mussaenda 'Calcutta Sunset'

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine. It's very pleasing to see that the pair of wallabies feels at home and safe and secure here. So far they haven't done too much damage around the place, although they keep nibbling my Justicia brandegeana to the ground!

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  7. All beautiful flowers, seems your climate is very similar to mine, all your flowers grow very well in my city lahore and most are perennial. Only difference is February is our spring but your mid summer.

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    1. Muhammad, February is actually or last summer month. Our Autumn begins on the first day of March. I definitely think our climates are similar and we do seem to grow very similar plants.

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  8. Your pictures of all the flowers are beautiful! Just what I needed today -to make me believe there will be a Spring. Here in Michigan it's -12 this morning.

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    1. I can't even begin to imagine -12, Vickie. That's just not something I've ever experienced or even come close to experiencing. We think 10 to 12 deg C (50-53 F) is freezing!!!

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  9. While you are at the end of summer we are looking forward to the first day of spring here in western Canada. Love your wallaby. Visiting from Tootsie time.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Nell. I'm so looking forward to mid-Autumn now. April through to September (mid-Autumn to early Spring) is simply the best time of year here. I can't wait for the change.

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  10. Love that mussaenda. We seem to get only the white and the pink here. Wonder why???

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    1. Louise, I haven't seen 'Calcutta Sunset' around much since it first appeared in our nurseries about three years ago. It doesn't seem to have been a popular choice amongst buyers. Well apart from someone like me. It certainly didn't rush off the shelves back then, and it's never appeared since. It seems such a shame. I got tired of the pinks and the white.

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  11. Your Mommy is so cute. Those eyes! I bet you are longing for autumn and some cooler temperatures as much as I am longing for some warmth. LOL! Maybe this storm coming in this weekend will be the final snow storm. I am hoping so anyway. I just love your Torenias. I forgot to plant any last year in my shade garden. I must remember them this spring, Maybe in my Fairy garden. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Yes Lona, I'm definitely hanging out for our cooler mid-Autumn weather and conditions. So I'm looking forward to April.

      Hopefully that storm will be the end of all that snow for you. Keeping everything crossed!!!!

      I'm never without Torenias now as they self-seed so easily. Thank goodness for that as I do love so them so.

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  12. So many beautiful and different flowers in your garden right now xx
    What a fantastic native squatter you have :)

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  13. Your garden is winding down as mine springs to life. I hope to see some of the more tender plants like hedychium return after such a cold winter.

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