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Spring Has Sprung Downunder! (September 2011)

Category: My Dry Tropics Garden | Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:01 am

September is our first month of Springtime Downunder, and whilst most gardeners further south will be rejoicing, those of us who garden in the far north are not so thrilled. Spring is really just an early version of Summer here ... and a reminder that the harshest time of the gardening year is close.

For now though, it's time to enjoy the last of the cooler weather and comfortable days. As if to celebrate the arrival of Spring, the first flower buds on my Callistemon 'Pink Champagne' have burst open. I've been enjoying watching each individual bud unfold slowly along the long flower spray.


First bloom on Callistemon 'Pink Champagne' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Callistemon 'Pink Champagne' is blooming ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

In the background of the above shot, you can see just how dry our front yard is now. There's a carpet of brown parched grass all around the house as our 'dry' season enters its fifth month. Thankfully there's some colour in the tiered garden bed where this pretty Callistemon is growing.


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

The Salvia elegans is flowering once more.


Salvia splendens hybrid and Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia) ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

This pretty Salvia splendens hybrid hasn't stopped flowering for months now and it complements the dwarf pink Euphorbia pulcherrima perfectly


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

The Dietes bicolor continues to throw out flowerheads, and you can see the fan-like flowers of the dwarf lilac Scaevola spreading like groundcover in this garden bed.


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

The tiny white flowers of the white Cuphea hyssopifolia are on display all year round here and provide much needed colour at this dry time of year.


Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eyes' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

The newly planted Rudbeckia continue to bloom ...


Verbena hybrid 'Burgundy Surprise' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

as does this fabulous Verbena hybrid 'Burgundy Surprise'. The colour just seems to be deepening as the plant matures.


Petunia 'Bonanza Series' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )


Petunia 'Bonanza Series' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

The beautiful double blooms of the Petunia 'Bonanza Series' continue to please ...


Torenia hybrid 'Violet Magic' ( photo / image / picture from Bernieh's Garden )

... as do the gorgeous flowers of this compact Torenia 'Violet Magic'.




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Comments

Cayuga Morning wrote on Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:24 am:


Bernie- Beautiful flowers. When is your rainy season?




 

Bernieh wrote on Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:34 am:


Hi Cayuga! Our rainy season usually begins mid-summer (January) and can last until early autumn (March). Most years it usually only lasts around a month, but this year it dragged on for three. The last time I remember a rainy season lasting that long was way back when I was a child.




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