Sunflowers and then the rain…

Welcome to South-East Queensland.

For days the sun has shone and the heat rose to a steamy, humid, almost unbearable 34C.

It didn’t cool down much during the night. The hottest night in 10 years the media told us. They also said 83% of Brisbane households have an air conditioner, and they estimated nearly all of them were turned on.

We are in the 17% that do not have an air conditioner. It was a difficult night….

But the sunflowers love this weather.

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Then today the storm came. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning

sunflowers and rain pc 010_4000x3000It poured down in sheets and bounced and swirled along the driveway.

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The fish ponds over flowed.

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The paved area round the side of the house became a mini lake.

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And the rain forest area lived up to its name.

I will now be able to roll the hose up and put it away for a few days.

 

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  2. I think the rain enhanced the photo’s beautiful each and every one

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  3. Your sunflowers are beautiful; I love sunflowers. Even your pictures of torrential rain are beautiful!

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  4. I love your garden more each time I see your pics. I’m housesitting at the moment surrounded by palms, bougainvillea, heliconia, happy plants, frangipanis.. There’s a flame tree too although it’s not in bloom right now. Love the feeling of waking up in the jungle surrounded by green 🙂 Is it the same for you?

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  5. I love a good pour down, Pauline 🙂

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    • In Australia it can often go to extremes and cause flooding. Fortunately we are not in a flood zone, but that storm caused some flash floods further north.

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  6. so beautiful!

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  7. poppytump

    Oh Pauline what restless nights you must have with that UNBEARABLE humidity :-/
    The library sounds the very best to be during the day .. I guess there’s more than books as in most nowadays 😉
    Your sunflowers really are living up to their name .. I love them !

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    • The library runs all sorts of programmes, I am a real library junkie…
      The sunflowers are not as tall as I was expecting but have a lovely multi stalked flowering head.

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  8. Such great shots of the rain in the garden – a beautiful rain forest all right. Even though we are going through a frigid period here right now it seems preferable to extreme humidity – just what you’re used to I guess.

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  9. Wow Pomme, felt like I was experiencing it with you! We have times like that down here in South Carolina but oh my, the extremes are something aren’t they. Great post!!

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  10. Lovely flowers, lovely rain.

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  11. Such a gorgeous rainforest garden PP – worth putting up with the heat I’d say (though like you I would be hiding in the library!), I would certainly wilt in the humidity.

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    • The humidity was 90% even in the night. I just lay in a pool of sweat in that humid heat. But the storm has now cleared the air, had a lovely sleep last night. We are having very tropical weather this year, and we are supposed to be a sub-tropical zone.

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  12. Beautiful flowers to view on such a grimy, cold morning! Thank you!!

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  13. We had 37 in Brisbane, icky! But i have 2 air conditioners – 1 in the lounge and 1 in the bedroom 😀
    I love those rain shots, really well done! Your garden is beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful healthy garden. It reminds the ones I would see in South Africa when I lived there.

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  15. I love rain shots – and yours are so clear – can really feel the first and that puddled one – whew that was a lot of rain. I like the cool chair in the back and nice bird bath – actually cindy’s comment summed up how I felt after enjoying your pics – “gorgeous garden”

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  16. Lovely garden, Pauline…..but I really do not envy you that heat. It would slow me to a standstill.

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  17. You make me feel as if I’m in your garden with your photos and words. A lovely place to be!

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  18. And I thought last year was hot! Beautiful shots.

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  19. The Sunflowers are appropriate for this post and you have shown them off nicely.
    I love this heat the ocean is 25c degrees..
    Sleeping with the door open is almost as good as sleeping under the stars
    and a lot of cloths are not necessary.

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  20. I can’t imagine not having an air condtioner in that sort of heat. How do you sleep? Your garden looks really happy with all that rain, and your sunflower pics are splendid. 🙂

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  21. Gorgeous garden!

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