Over the last couple of weeks we had a cyclone hovering around the coast and traveling up and down. At long last it has headed further south and petered out..... Hopefully we can begin to dry out a bit. Over the weekend when I walked in the grass I sunk down to my ankles in squelchy mud! Everything was dripping with moisture. As soon as the sun came out it got incredible humid - I guess that moisture began to evaporate into the air! We have received 900mm in January! Thats a lot of rain! The thing I miss the most though is the sunshine. I think the sun infuses happiness right into my soul and when I am surrounded by heavy cloud cover I feel an oppresive weight on my shoulders. That weight has lifted and the sun is shining hooray :)
Actually I just read that vitamin D increases the seratonin in your body! so my whole theory about sunshine making me happy is based on fact! How is that :)
I spent some time during the month cutting back some tree branches and trimming back plants to open the area under the tree up, hoping to get some air in to keep the amount of bugs down. It seems to have helped a bit. I might also have to think about what I have planted in that deep shade as some heleconias havnt flowered. I think the cordelines too might have better colour in an area with more light, and they seem to have really suffered with something chewing holes in their leaves.
The leaves of the costus are slightly furry and I love the way the water droplets seem to hang in suspension.
I think the whites in these variegated leaves make me feel cooler - or is it just wishful thinking?
I cant say I am a huge fan of the hot wet humid season, but maybe the fact that my garden is looking so luscious and colourful does help.
We had a lovely walk on the beach yesterday and there were millions of little blue backed crabs running around. It was low low tide and the reflection of the mountains in the tidal pools was magnificent. We will be back again today with the camera and hopefully get some good shots.
Life is good.