Thursday, 15 November 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day November 2012


Eeek! I have been home now for nearly three weeks after three months away. Apart from a very wet Saturday last weekend, it barely rained the whole time. The garden is a disaster, and it's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Thanks heavens, it's that time of year a couple of show ponies make their annual appearance, and they seem to be have thrived on neglect.


I love this red and pink epiphyllum.  It's in a hanging basket at the side of the carport. I forget about it most of the year, until I notice the first buds and then count the days waiting for the display.







Still just a bud in last Saturday's rain.

The oncidium orchids 'Dancing Lady' just inside my front gate are at their peak.








On a whole different scale is this tiny tick orchid Dockrillia linguiformis happily growing on the trunk of my poinciana.


I brought this Zygopetalum inside to enjoy the flowers



In the front garden, the day lilies were doing it tough, but there were still a few flowers. This  is 'Finish with  a Flourish'.


I'm not too sure what this is, probably either 'Isis Unveiled' or 'Mildred Mitchell'.  


The always reliable 'Velvet Rose'


In the rain on Saturday, a not-so-well-camouflaged spider on my spiral ginger.


I think he may have come from the nearby gardenia.




Hope he settles in to his new home.


To see more blooms from around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this meme each month.


24 comments:

  1. Hi Marisa, I just see your site, and I am awed at your flowers despite neglects, as you said. That Epiphyllum that blooms during the day is so beautiful, i hope to have it one day. I have a lot of Epiphyllum oxypetalum that blooms only at night. We don't have the colored ones here in the country. Meanwhile i just appreciate photos like yours. thanks.

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  2. That pink and red Epiphyllum is my favourite colour, but they had a lovely pale pink and a cream one where I got it. I think I might have to get at least one of them on my next visit to the nursery. The carport seems to be a good spot for them. Hope you are able to get one of the coloured ones in the future, but the night-flowering one is just lovely too.

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  3. Oh gosh, what gorgeous photos.
    I have never seen such thick blooming Dancing Lady orchids...I am so envious once again.
    The epiphyllum is an exquisite beauty as well. I sat and stared at the photos for a little while....truly gorgeous.
    What camera setting did you use for the epiphyllum photos?

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    1. Virginia, I am embarrassed to admit I am a very low tech photographer. Since my old faithful expired last year before I started blogging, I have just used a 'temporary' replacement point and shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 and have not worried about settings apart from macro on or macro off!

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    2. Well, low tech or not, your photos are still stunning.

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  4. WOW...that shot of 'Dancing Lady' made me fall out of my chair!

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    1. They are gorgeous at the moment - no buds left unopened but barely a flower has fallen. I can see them over my shoulder as I sit at the computer and will miss that golden blaze when they are done.

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  5. Beautiful photos! The orchids are incredible--just stunning. I miss our gardenias. They are definitely gone for the season, but your photos were so perfect I could almost smell them! ;-) Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. Thanks Julie. The scent is a bit overpowering for some, but I love gardenias too. Just one or two in a little vase perfumes the whole room.

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  6. Hi,


    Please provide me the email id of webmaster of your website: http://onslowandmissb.blogspot.com


    Thanks

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  7. Gorgeous photos. I hope you are okay after the storms.

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    1. Thanks Mac - just got internet access back today after 10 days. I'm not sure if it was the storms or just coincidence. But the garden coped well even if my telecommunications didn't.

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  8. Amazing flowers, and I love that ghostly spider.

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    1. I just ducked outside to check and while I couldn't spot him/her, I can report last time I visited, the spider had a 'friend'!

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  9. Your tropical blooms are gorgeous,especially the orchids. I so enjoyed visiting. Happy GBBD!

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    Un saludo muy cariƱoso.
    Manoli

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    1. Thanks Manoli. I have just started to follow your blog so I look forward to staying in touch.

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  11. hi marisa, I adore your flowers, they are very special and unusual I think, particularly the tiny tick orchid. Such a cute spider, not very smart, or it would go back to the gardenia for better camouflage. But maybe he finds the scent a bit strong so closeup? Congrats on having plants that thrive on neglect - that's what I am always aiming to grow in my garden.

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    1. Perhaps he has found his way home. I couldn't spot him this morning. Thanks heavens indeed for our 'indestructibles'. At least they can be relied on to provide colour and interest while I nurse the rest of the garden back to health.

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  12. Wow! Love the first epiphyllum and the yellow orchid! So nice to see some color... we are all brown and grey here.
    Happy end of November!

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    1. It's nearly the beginning of summer and our wet season here in Brisbane, so it is really colourful at the moment. The jacarandas are just finishing and the poincianas are coming into their own, so there are splashes of scarlet everywhere.

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  13. Marisa
    thank you for your visit and comment.
    Loved your pictures and signed in as your Google friend. We both live in beautiful countries.
    We are expecting snow very soon. Time to get the snow shovel for some exercise:)
    Gisela

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    1. Thanks Gisela. Our countries are certainly both beautiful, but very different weather-wise. It's getting into summer here, and tonight is hot and sticky. Hope you don't get too much exercise shoveling snow!

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