|This lovely wood-rose coloured Cymbidium orchid was just inside the front gate.|
When I last photographed this fence over the Christmas break, our mid-summer, it was a mass of rose flowered bignonia (or pink trumpet vine), bower of beauty and jasmine as you can see here. In winter, the orange trumpet vine predominates, although I could still catch glimpses of early jasmine. Doesn't the orange contrast beautifully with the blue of the matchstick bromeliad?
|Matchstick bromeliad Aechmea gamsepala|
Still down at ground level, I spotted native violets in bloom.
|This is a very easily grown Neoregelia|
|I'm not sure of the name of this one, but I love the combination of showy bloom and foliage.|
|A better photo of the flower|
|These spiky flowerheads remind me of a medieval mace.|
|This is Tony's bromeliad nursery. The 'pups' are cut or pulled off the adult plant once they are big enough, and then popped though a hole in a styrofoam box until the roots start to form.|
|The underside of the styrofoam showing the growing root on the bromeliad pup.|
The inflorescence on his octopus palm was looking particularly 'octopussy' this visit.
Of course, it wouldn't be Tony's garden without the orchids, although I fear I have let you down badly on the names this visit.
|The flower of the front door orchid.|
|A tiny Dendrobium plant that was a mass of buds|
Finally, not too sure what it is, some kind of ginger perhaps, but I love this colourful seedhead.
So much to see! Is it any wonder we were dog tired by the time we got home?