Firstly, a couple of big and interesting freelance projects cropped up. Then came the challenge of juggling them with, not only a short, planned trip to New Zealand, but also a wonderful, unexpected first-time visit to Australia by an English friend, which provided a wonderful excuse to visit some of the loveliest spots along our East Coast.
Spring in Australia starts on 1 September, and the following couple of months normally feature the garden at its best. With all my gadding about, mine is still a disaster, but luckily I have some really tough and reliable favourites that save me from completely disgracing myself as a would-be gardener. And even if I struggled with blogging and even reading my favourite blogs, I did manage to keep snapping. So here is the Spring that was, just in time for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
|My last post, back in August, was about the Australian Native Orchid Society conference and featured lots of these Dendrobium speciosum. (Click here to revisit). Mine, high in the branches of the Poinciana, was only in bud then.|
|Meanwhile, on the main trunk of the Poinciana, this beautiful little Tick Orchid, Dockrillia linguiformis, was another September bloomer.|
|Another orchid. This is an Oncidium|
|Daylilies are the greatest stars in my October garden. This is Hemerocallis 'Isis Unveiled'|
|Yucca 'Purple Royale' with Cleome 'Senorita Blanca'|
|My two pots of Oncidium 'Dancing Lady' orchids were a mass of blooms in November.|
|Another orchid in bloom was this Zygopetalum|
|One of my bromeliads in bloom; this is a Billbergia|
|It may only bloom for a week each year, but this pink and red zygocactus is well worth the wait.|
|Daylily 'Double Cranberry Ruffles'|
|And finally, the ever-reliable Cosmos|
Well, now we are nearly up to date - at least as far as my garden goes. But there is still so much I have seen over the past few months to share with you, including some wonderful gardens. Hope you will come along for the ride, starting next post.
To see what is happening in other gardens around the world this Bloom Day, visit Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day host Carol at May Dreams Gardens.