This has become such a long post that perhaps I should have posted each month instead of quarterly, but no doubt things will slow down in the coming months.
Cabramatta, my Oncidium orchid has sent out its eighth spike of blooms many weeks after the other seven have faded. March was a month of heatwaves and fluctuating temperatures though there was some blessed rain. It is the end of Summer : 14ºC when I started this post though it was 33ºC a couple of days earlier.
Here’s what I have photographed in my garden in harbour-side Sydney, Australia for the last three months:
JANUARY was dominated by the Oncidium Orchids which made a splash on New Year’s Day, leading the floral parade :
I was excited to see that one of them had attached itself to a tree: orchids don’t flower until they feel secure.
The Jaffa Orchid Frenchtown in its second flowering year
The Oxalis Iron Cross (found in the compost), the Bossa Nova Begonia and Pink Lightning (above) all came back to life after dying back to nothing.
A praying mantis found a perch on a Dragon Fruit stem
The cutting grown hibiscuses were all performing well; they are spectacular but the small blooms are just as beautiful:
Tree full of figs that will ripen by the end of the month
The highlight of the month was the discovery of the Blue Triangle butterfly in my cinnamon tree. The tree itself is quite spectacular when it sprouts new leaves that resemble orchids.
Praying mantis are supposed to be the good guys but they are not butterfly friendly
The Davidson Plum flowered well without fruiting this year
A weed chilli is spreading itself everywhere in my garden (above) but good to see cuttings of fuchias, abutilons, begonias and the fire spike producing flowers (below)
The crepe myrtle is mingling with the begonia
The azaleas decided to mix in
…and this ginger is not too shy to join the party
MARCH – Summer must end on a high note:
Rosa chinensis mutabilis, red daisy and carpet rose with mauve epidendrum:
Baby Pink Lightning begonia is cutting grown and flowering
The camellia is coming forward
The salvias are not ready to say goodbye:
Yes, the loquat is fruiting