January to March in my Garden

This has become such a long post that perhaps I should have posted each month instead of quarterly,  but no doubt things will slow down in the coming months.


Cabramatta, my Oncidium orchid has sent out its eighth spike of blooms many weeks after the other seven have faded.  March was a month of heatwaves and fluctuating temperatures though there was some blessed rain.  It is the end of Summer : 14ºC when I started this post though it was 33ºC a couple of days earlier.

Here’s what I have photographed in my garden in harbour-side Sydney, Australia for the last three months:

JANUARY was dominated by the Oncidium Orchids which made a splash on New Year’s Day, leading the floral parade :

I was excited to see that one of them had attached itself to a tree:   orchids don’t flower until they feel secure.



The Jaffa Orchid Frenchtown in its second flowering year

The Oxalis Iron Cross (found in the compost), the Bossa Nova Begonia and Pink Lightning (above) all came back to life after dying back to nothing.



A praying mantis found a perch on a Dragon Fruit stem

The cutting grown hibiscuses were all performing well; they are spectacular but the small blooms are just as beautiful:


My Cecile Brunner rose was not able to screen the structure put up by someone who obviously has no sense of the ugly


Tree full of figs that will ripen by the end of the month



This Scaevola has since been ripped out by a neighbour who probably piled all that rubbish on top of the garden outside my fence



The highlight of the month was the discovery of the Blue Triangle butterfly in my cinnamon tree.   The tree itself is quite spectacular when it sprouts new leaves that resemble orchids.



Praying mantis are supposed to be the good guys but they are not butterfly friendly


The Davidson Plum flowered well without fruiting this year

A weed chilli is spreading itself everywhere in my garden (above) but good to see cuttings of fuchias, abutilons, begonias and the fire spike producing flowers (below)


The crepe myrtle is mingling with the begonia

The azaleas decided to mix in


…and this ginger is not too shy to join the party


MARCH – Summer must end on a high note:


Rosa chinensis mutabilis, red daisy and carpet rose with mauve epidendrum:


Oxalis triangularis


Will the flowers of the loquat make fruit?


Baby Pink Lightning begonia is cutting grown and flowering


The citrus trees are bearing fruit


The camellia is coming forward


The salvias are not ready to say goodbye:


Some figs are still hanging on


Yes, the loquat is fruiting


as the Jasminum sambac Grand Duke of Tuscany perfumes the garden

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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17 Responses to January to March in my Garden

  1. Wonderful Wonderful post, cheered me up here in cold wet England where the spring refuses to arrive! Probably strange, but I envy you your ‘weed’ chilli, I have a chilli loving husband and I struggle to grow chillies every year as they are tender plants here, and really need a heated greenhouse, I don’t have one.

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    This post gets me excited for the spring/summer season just starting to show itself here up north :-) The photos you have are an exquisite look at how nature can shower us with beauty. Orchids have always been a favorite, because they look to be such a mystery to me (and rarity). The one photo that made this series perfect: “A praying mantis found a perch on a Dragon Fruit stem” I loved the shot :-)

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  3. Sunshine Jansen says:

    This was truly a feast for those of us starving for the growing season to begin! I’m going to be working on medicinal plants this year but will try my hand at anything that will grow in this unreliable climate. And speaking of hands, I think you holding that Baby Pink Lightning begonia is one of the best selfies ever. ^_^

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  4. Thanks you for this beautifully photographed post, Mary. It must have been most testing to produce.

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  5. oglach says:

    My wife is also an orchid enthusiast and constant gardener. She declares your garden beautiful and on this we agree.

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  6. arlingwoman says:

    It was really nice to have a review of your spectacular summer garden. I paused at the Sambac as I have some oil perfumed with it, but had never seen the plant!

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  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a glorious, productive garden you have. Sydney has a wonderful climate for gardening.

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