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 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.
The cutting grown hibiscuses were all performing well; they are spectacular but the small blooms are just as beautiful:
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.
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 azaleas decided to mix in
MARCH – Summer must end on a high note:
Rosa chinensis mutabilis, red daisy and carpet rose with mauve epidendrum: