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


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


  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?


  5. I love a good pour down, Pauline 🙂


    • 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.


  6. so beautiful!


  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 !


    • 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.


  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.


  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!!


  10. Lovely flowers, lovely rain.


  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.


    • 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.


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


  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.


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


  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”


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


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


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


  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.


  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. 🙂


  21. Gorgeous garden!


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