This was the first year I planted scabious in the garden, and they have been a great success. I sowed the seeds directly into the garden, and it seems that nearly every seed germinated. I will definitely be planting them again next year.
I may have been away for their Spring flush, but the daylilies have continued to brighten the garden with repeat blooms.
|'Kent's Favourite Two'|
|One of my absolute favourites 'Percival James'|
|Another favourite 'Donna Mead'|
|'Passion for Life'|
|'Passion for Life' again|
|A badly focussed photo of the very beautiful 'Jordan Verhaert'|
Alongside the daylilies in the front garden, the white ixora 'Kampon's Pride' is a mass of blooms for such a young plant.
The Leopard Lily has self-seeded and sprung up in a few new places but is always a welcome sight.
And the Variegated Alstomeria is re-establishing itself after taking a bit of a pounding while I was away.
|One of the showiest bromeliads in flower.|
Here is a view of the front garden at the moment, absolutely dominated by the Poinciana Delonix regia.
The white flowers to the right of the poinciana belong to the Hammerhead Frangipani Plumeria pudica.
Elsewhere in the garden, tropical foliage provides almost as much colour as the flowers. Among the more spectacular are the Elephant Ears or Caladiums, a tropical perennial. I am a recent addition to the ranks of their admirers. In just a month I have expanded my 'collection' from two to ten. The second photo is of four new plants I picked up at the local markets.
For December Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, I was very proud to report that my Yucca was in flower for the first time. If you were thinking it couldn't get any more exciting than that, you are wrong. Just a week or two back, I was gazing vaguely in the direction of the Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata when I realised it too had come into bud for the first time since I moved here in 2005.
Here are a few photos tracking its progress.
I do love my garden; there's always something new popping up and demanding my attention.
To visit more gardens around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme on the 15th of each month.