February is supposedly our last month of Summer, although there's little change even when March rolls around. At the moment it's hot and humid. We've had some lovely rain during the month of January and even in this first week of February, but it's been intermittent and not up to the usual wet season standards. Still, can't complain. The garden has needed some of that liquid sunshine after the usual long dry season last year.
I'm just sharing some of the lovely blooms that are out there around the garden this first Friday of February.
Citharexylum spinosa, commonly known as Fiddlewood has the most beautiful perfume.
Dwarf Ixora chinensis 'Peggy'.
Lagerstroemia indica, or Crepe Myrtle.
Mandevilla 'White Fantasy'
Galphimia glauca with its wonderful red stems.
Sometimes the Galphimia is referred to as the Gold Shower bush.
Summertime is the time for Mussaendas to put on a show. This is Mussaenda philippica 'Bangkok Rose'.
Pseudomussaenda flava, commonly called White Wings.
There's been some lovely perfume around the garden in the last couple of weeks. The fabulous Gardenia 'Soleil d'or', picture above, has filled the air with such a gorgeous perfume. It's been flowering for a few weeks now.
My Jasminum officinale has begun another blooming cycle and adding to the perfumed air.
Hedychium coronarium, or White Butterfly Ginger, adds an amazing aroma.
The Murrayas have also added a stunning perfume to the early morning breeze and evening air.
Not only have I been treated to perfume in the garden, but I've also been witness to some fabulous forms and shapes in blooms as they mature.
This Hymenocallis, or Spider Lily, begins a blooming cycle with this fantastic shape where the petal ends are all joined at their tips.
Slowly the ends fall away,
and the flower opens like this. It's simply amazing watching this happen.
Then there is the form of the brilliant Gloriosa Lily flowers as they open up.
The petals turn themselves upside down to create this wonderful spectacle. I just love these blooms.
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