I have hung onto some of those January photos, so my selection this month is a consolidation of what has been blooming in my sub-tropical Brisbane garden over January/February - the two hottest and wettest months of our year.
|Plants like the Red Spiral Ginger absolutely thrive in the conditions|
My 'Wilders White' hibiscus shrub is a bit ungainly after I had to remove its main trunk, when it was damaged at ground level, but it is such a prolific bloomer.
The daylilies haven't been as good as in previous years, but as the garden matures, more of it is thrown into shade, and I worry I have lost some favourites as I have moved them to follow the sun.
These two are All American Tiger and Mildred Mitchell - I bought the latter by mistake (instead of Ginny Mitchell) and confused it with Isis Unveiled, which is similarly coloured but not so ruffled.
|Daylily 'Mildred Mitchell'|
|Daylily 'All American Tiger'|
|Daylily 'Double Cranberry Ruffles' which varies according to mood just how 'double' it is|
|'Finish with Flourish'|
|My pentas along the side fence aren't flowering as well as they should - too little light, plus some bug that attacks the buds. (I use some herbicides but worry about pesticides' effect on the good critters). This one is 'Pink Malay'.|
|A very showy bromeliad bloom - Bilbergia 'Hallelujah'|
|Visitor on one of the bromeliads|
|Only small critters were visiting when I headed out this time.|
|This little ginger is Globba winitii 'Red Back'. I previously posted another globba, 'Golden Dragon' here, which I fear I may have lost. Because they die down over winter, they can get dug up by mistake, so I have made sure the rest of my collection are all marked with stakes.|
|You don't need blooms for colour, when you have crotons.|
|Another ginger, this is the beautiful Blue Ginger, Dichorisandra thyrsifola|
|I can always rely on the Leopard Lilies for interest - whether in bloom|
|... or in seed|
|The Purple Basil never seems to stop flowering.|
|Here the basil has attracted the attention of the native Blue Banded Bee.|
|Plumeria pudica - the Hammerhead Frangipani|
|Salvias are another great favourite with the bees. This is 'Heatwave Sizzle'|
|This more recent addition is Salvia 'Sierra Coral'|
|Finally, more of that glorious coral from another of the bromeliads, Aechmea 'Burning Bush'|