I have been home now for nearly two months, but there was no clear dividing line between finishing my work in Jakarta and resuming my regular job, so I have been time poor. Fortunately, a few snatched hours over the weekends and a couple of wet days rather than regular watering have produced the beginnings of a turnaround.
The daylilies and spider lilies looked the most pathetic on my return but have come back with a vengeance.
|Daylily 'Royal Rego'|
|Detail of its wonderful gold braid|
|'Strawberry Fields Forever'|
|Native bee visiting bitone 'Raspberry Delicious'|
|'Double Cranberry Ruffles'|
|My new addition from last year 'Russian Ragtime'.|
|'Frank Teele' is a more Christmasy red than it looks in this photograph.|
|This is how the daylilies looked on my return. This is 'Ash Rosie'|
|... and 'Cherryburst'. Looks like I got home just in the nick of time.|
|Spider lily in front of a flush on new growth on one of the cycads|
|The spider lilies on my return. They had a battle on their hands with opportunistic mealy bugs.|
|This nondescript flower belies the wonderful perfume of the night-scented jasmine Cestrum nocturum|
|Here is the cestrum in full flower behind an Evergreen Frangipani Plumeria obtusa|
|I love how the Leopard Lily self seeds and manages to pop in all the right places.|
|Another unexpected pop-up in my oh-so-weedy lawn.|
|Looks like my very first Yucca flower is on its way.|
|Jasminium sambac 'Grand Duke of Tuscany'|
|Not exactly a bloom yet, but peaking through the soil at top left is 'Kitty' one of the mail order dahlias I planted a few weeks ago.|
|The variegated alstomeria that was a great cut flower this time last year has taken a thrashing but will bounce back.|
|The poinciana went from this (on a stormy day)...|
|...to this in just a week.|
Finally, just a sample of some of the bromeliads coming into flower at the moment. To see more of what is flowering around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day each month.