… and the garden goes a tiny bit bonkers. Well, this IS the tropics.
The frangipani, coleus, dietes, agapanthus and hippeastrums, all bushy and delighted with themselves
The star jasmine has gone from weeny and a bit sad to throwing out lots of new shoots
The flame tree has got yet another bunch of new leaves at the top and is a good 30cm taller than when I bought it.
Just LOOK at the lychee! All those new bright green leaves. 2 months ago I thought it was going toes up…
The avocado’s not being very exciting… A little taller, a couple of new leaves…
The mango, too, is much taller than it was, and getting wider too. It’s grown at least 20cm in height.
Things have simply bushed out, grown up, thrown out a whole handful of leaves, or just one enormous perfect one, come into flower, become a tiny bit scary, or simply thrived. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. We’ve had some nice thunderstorms here while I was away, and the garden’s had a good solid drink. No flooding, either, so I’m congratulating myself on the soil improvement. Not too soon, I hope. The Wet proper hasn’t started, and won’t until January/February. At that point, I fully expect to see a few things floating away on the tide, so I’m encourage that everything seems to be putting down solid roots and making the most of the weather. I’m happy to see plants/trees I was worried about turning the corner and flourishing a whole branch of new leaves, or becoming the correct shade of green, or actually putting out some flowers.
Wow. Just LOOK at the red of the flowers on these bronze leaf cannas…
A whole bunch of wrinkly new leaves on the Brunfelsia
That’s the purslane I posted about before. It’s getting a bit enormous and slightly scary. Maybe it’s time for purslane salad…
Lots of new leaves on the gardenia. Pity it’s a bit late in the season for it to flower.
The red Portulaca is taking over a bit. Time to chop it back so the other plants can breathe.
The Monstera deliciosa has produced an enormous glossy green leaf in the few days we were away
Look! Two flower buds!
The lime tree has loads of new leaves
The Bugle (ajuga reptans) is sending out some new shoots. Ground cover is something it does very well.
My lemons are growing! I’ll be able to pick them by Christmas, I think.
Oh, those coleus! How gorgeously velvety and richly red. They don’t look quite real..
Banana and Strelitzia Nicolai both doing well
Such delicate, tiny flowers on such long, slender stalks. What ecological niche are these beauties designed for, I wonder.
A single flower on the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The leaves are telling me it needs a supplement…
Flowers on the sempervivum, very pretty
The downside, of course, of all this mad growth is that the weeds are similarly encouraged. I’ve spent a good 20 minutes pulling up palm seedlings in my desert garden, and foresee that continuing for months yet. There’s sorrel, purslane, grass, acacia seedlings, Farmer’s Friend, chickweed, and numerous other irritating gatecrashers. There’s nasty stuff attempting a break-in over the neighbour’s fence. The other neighbour’s palm trees continue to drop fronds and fruit onto our side of the fence (which get promptly tossed back over, but sometimes damage a plant).
On the other upside, lots of scented things are now in flower, and the warm, humid evenings are lush with the aroma of frangipani, murraya, jasmine, brunfelsia, and angel trumpets.
Our trip south was long, useful, tiring, entertaining and now, thank God, over. The concert in Brisbane was wonderful; beautiful music, beautifully played, and heaps of fun at the end, waving flags, throwing tickertape, stamping, clapping and singing along. The Husband enjoyed himself greatly and we will definitely be making a date of it next year too.
Christmas is not too far off, and I have volunteered to entertain the Chiconi tribe here in Chiconia, since I’m the only one with a table long enough to seat 14 comfortably. Said table, however, needs to be sanded and dressed with a couple of coats of oil so that it’s looking its best and will be waterproof for the event. Wonder what I’ll be doing on my next available day off, then… The menu is still in development, but as it’s for a late lunch and will be the hottest time of year, turkey and all the trimmings will not be featuring. More on that another day.
Till next time.