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Supposedly our last day of Summer.

Category: My Dry Tropics Garden | Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:55 pm

Yes the last day of February is supposed to be our last day of Summer. Seasons in Australia are determined by months of the year. Of course, it's not really how Mother Nature works up here in the north. The summery temps and humidity levels will remain relatively the same for some time to come.


Summer sky ... lots of blue and white ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

Our wet season, which coincides with our Summer, has not amounted to much at all this year, but we're still holding out hope that it will show up soon, or at least make a last ditch effort!

We've had around 32 mms of rain this month, our last summer month, and our average for February is 305! Not really close at all. We have our fingers crossed that something happens in early March, our first Autumn month. Otherwise it's going to be a very, very long year when the dry season rolls around.

The little rain we have had this month has been most welcome and the plants have certainly flourished.


Lots of great foliage ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

The colours always seem brighter after the rains come.


( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

Everything seems to take off once the heavy raindrops start soaking into the ground.


Pentas lanceolata ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Clerodendrum ugandense ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Clerodendrum ugandens or Blue Butterfly Bush ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

The flowers seem to be brighter in the strong summer sunshine.


Spathoglottis or Chinese Ground Orchid ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Celosia ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Iris domestica ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

There are always loads more insects buzzing around the garden during our summer.


Turnera subulata ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Polygala ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

Here's hoping that our first month of Autumn, March, brings lots more rain for my lovely plants.




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Comments

 

Frank wrote on Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:02 am:


I'm doing a rain dance for you Bernie! Thanks for keeping us in colour.




 

Bernieh wrote on Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:09 am:


Thanks Frank. We really need heavy heavy rain to give the plants a reasonable drink before our long dry season sets in. If the monsoonal rains don't come, I'll be doing a lot of watering to try and get the plants through the dry.





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