March 1 marks the first day of Autumn here in Brisbane. The last of the summer flowers are almost finished, but it is little early for autumn beauties like the dahlias, so I expected slim pickings for this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. I haven't been out in the garden so much lately because it has been so wet, but when I sallied forth, camera in hand, I was pleasantly surprised.
The first bloom is in fact the last photo I took. Just as I was finalising my post, I remembered that the brugmansia was in bud yesterday. I peeked outside my back door and sure enough. How I could have missed the wonderful perfume when I came home from work, I don't know. I intended to duck out in the morning to capture a photo, but couldn't resist seeing how they would photograph at night.
|Bees and other insects have visited the 'Little Gem' magnolia, knocking off the anthers in their race for pollen.|
|A little, self-seeded zinnia|
The daylilies are slowly spluttering to a finish, but each time I think I have seen the last of them for the season, they manage to produce one more flush.
|Daylily 'All American Tiger'|
|It seems as if there is always a Leopard Lily in flower for Bloom Day.|
|Globba capicola 'Golden Dragon', a member of the ginger family|
|Another Globba. This one is 'Redback'|
|Aechmea 'Burning Bush'|
|Cestrum nocturnum, the night-scented jessamine or jasmine.|
|Once it has finished flowering, I'll give the Cestrum a light prune to tidy up those errant branches.|
|'Black Beauty', my first dahlia of the season|
|An unexpected repeat bloom from the Zygopetalum orchid.|
|Rejoicing in the rain, the rain lily Zephyranthes candida.|
My goldfish continue to vanish. The population had been constant for a long time, but now the secret is out that they are a convenient snack. I am still not 100% sure which of the local birds to blame: kookaburras and butcher birds are the Number One suspects. The sole inhabitant has managed to escape suffering the same fate as his companions so far, but I think a net or wire cover might be needed before I expose any more fish to an untimely demise. In comparison, the miniature waterlily Nymphaea helvola is thriving with not one, but two blooms out.
|The water feature has developed a tilt in the soggy ground.|
If we get much more rain, I'll be able to plant the waterlilies directly into the back garden!
Finally, not one of my blooms, but the golden penda have been so wonderful this year, probably as a result of all our rain, that I had to share one more photo of them. (Lots more here).
Thanks again to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of each month and provides the opportunity for gardeners around the world to share what is blooming in their corner of the globe.