… Aha! I thought that would catch your attention.
And I have to say, not just rude, but also unfeasibly large. But then, this is the Elephant Ear Taro, (Alocasia macrorrhizos), and everything about it is unfeasibly large, not just its, um… flower.
Round the corner there’s a big spiky yucca which is also starting to flower (again, slightly rude), and the dracaena is also putting out buds. The little mandarin that was being strangled is now flowering tentatively again, the beans are flowering like it’s going out of fashion, and the mature mango trees down the back – which looked on their last legs – are sending out masses of new leaves. The yellow hibiscus, which still needs a good pruning, is flowering, and after last night’s short thunderstorm, everything looks freshly washed. Of course, today is hot, humid and cloudless again, but more rain is forecast, and best of all, there are circulating systems building up over the Solomon Islands and in the Coral Sea which bode well for a bit of a monsoon front. Better late than never!
Better go and check there’s plenty of cold water in the fridge. It’s going to get bloody hot this afternoon: 40C/104ºF and around 80% humidity. How’s winter in the northern hemisphere treating you?