Monday, November 24, 2014

Lots of colour in the garden despite the lack of rain.

Last night we had a little rain, and it was lovely to walk around this morning and see how the garden had drunk it all up.  We have stage two water restrictions at the moment - unheard of at this time of year here in the wet tropics......  The grass is brown and dry and crunchy underfoot.  The wet season is taking its time arriving, it is muggy and hot as we wait.
The kookaburra like to sit on the fence post surveying where their next meal will be coming from.
 With this dry weather my poor dear hubby is on a conintual quest to mulch up all the leaves.  All my bins are full, and yet they continue to drop.
 The evodia tree is in bloom - so pretty as the flowers from along the branches.  This tree hosts the ulysses butterfly and lots of other nectar feeding birds.
 Look at the flowers close-up - arent they awesome?  They start out like little pink origami boxes, and then the white loops arrive and pop!  they open up!

The lady slipper orchid vine also loves this time of year.....


There is a beehive ginger playing peek - a -boo!  


You can see how the fluted fan palm has suffered during this dry spell.  I have cut back a lot of the dried out heleconia stalks and laid them down as mulch, along with the leaves.  When the rains start that will all start to rot down and form lovely new soil.  

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  1. I sympathise. We are the same at the moment. No rain and really hot conditions. Keeping things alive is a challenge.

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    1. Roz, yes you hit the nail on the head, all I am doing is keeping things alive.

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  2. So sorry you're having such dry weather. Great shot of the kookaburra. I know I can always depend on a nice dose of tropical flowers when I come to your blog.

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    1. I am lucky that there is always something in flower. One of these days the heavens will open, the thing is that it is so hot and muggy while we wait...

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  3. Waiting has to be torture, but look at the color in your garden! Stunning as always even with a drought. I can sympathize, lack of rain is rare where I live, but when it does happen, it's nerve-wracking. I hope the weather cooperates soon!

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    1. Karen,
      Yes I have no right to complain do I? I guess it is just so unusual here in this climate that we dont know how to deal with it. We have had a few little overnight sprinkles, which does keep the dust down.

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  4. What a lovely flower. I have not seen it before. We got some rain this afternoon to damp down the heat wave

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    1. I had no idea what would happen with this tree, first of all I bought it as a small bush that would host the ulysses butterflies. Now I have a small tree with pink flowers on the branches. Once it has hosted ulysses butterflies...

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  5. Love the evodia tree and its blooms.....they're beautiful and quite interesting.....does it have seeds?
    What tree is that with the pretty curly bark that the lady slipper orchid is hanging from?
    I'm wishing you rain on the horizon soon.....I know what it's like to have a dry garden...let's hope the rain doesn't treat you like it did us, and come in one big torrential mess.

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    1. I imagine it might have seeds Virginia - I have never really noticed. The tree in question is the weeping tea tree, one of my favourites. I love the peeling bark, and the fine needle like foliage, and it attracts lots of birds. Oh, it will come in torrents, that is the nature of living in the tropics..

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  6. I had never heard of the evodia tree before. I do so love the origami flowers with strings!

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    1. Such an awesome colour too arent they Kate?

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  7. it is so beautiful to see your tropical flowers. the evodia is magical.

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