It is still winter time here in Brisbane, and we have had it both colder and wetter than usual. All is relatively quiet in the garden. Thank heavens for the aloes. Without them, Casa Bella would be virtually bloom-free for this month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
|Aloe 'Southern Cross' in bud|
|Just a week later, in full flower|
|Aloes 'Southern Cross' and "Gemini'|
|Aloe 'Gemini' - its flower|
|...and its foliage|
Last year, my succulents like the graptopetalum above were thriving as you can see here. Over the past month they have suffered from a series of misfortunes, generally canine-initiated. Bella and Onslow love playing with empty plastic flower pots, and if there is no empty pot handy, that is swiftly remedied...
|At least I managed to salvage this fragment.|
My desert rose bit the dust and is in 'rehab'. I am still very inspired by the wonderful specimens I saw in Indonesia, so I am lavishing it with lots of TLC.
And, no dogs involved, but somehow my strawberry pot also took a tumble. Lots of leaf and stem breakages, which I can replant. Some of its inhabitants were getting gangly anyway, so replanting will do it the world of good.
I have moved some of the blue-toned potted succulents to the pool area - off Bella and Onslow's turf. I really like their colours in combination with the blue of the pool. I was thinking of replanting the big pot at the back with more succulents, but on closer inspection, the sad and sorry 'stick' planted in it - a bougainvillea - has lots of little shoots, so it looks like it is making a remarkable come back from the dead.
Apart from that, there are a couple of spot flowers on the osteospermum.
Flowers on the cordyline,
and still some insect life.
|There are lots of these in the garden. I think this is just a juvenile without properly formed wings. They don't seem to do any harm, mainly rummaging around in the compost.|
|A Common Crow|
Finally, we have a selection of berries in a range of colours.
To see lots more blooms, including the embarrassment of riches that is the northern hemisphere's summer bounty, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of the month.