Back to the flat terrain of the Gold Coast.
What is the first thing I do? Go for a walk around the garden.
Would you like to come with me?
This is the view from the kitchen window and the bottle brush is in full flower.
Tucked away under the bush is a clump of Pentas rivalling the bottle brush in colour.
Further round the rocket and coriander have gone to seed, but still taste good in a salad.
The nasturtiums are climbing every where.
In front of this bed the tropical lilies are showing off.
Above the pond the Hoya twine through the bare branches of the frangipani tree.
Overseeing this area the Bougainvillea create a canopy of colour.
A swamp orchid has burst into flower in the shade of the “Bali corner”.
Peer closely at this unusual plant. It is only about 6 inches high but is deadly to any insects that come near. Drosera Carpensis.
Watch it here in action.
Now I will go into the front garden to see what is flowering.
Just look at the silky oak, Grevillea Robusta.
It is covered in flowers. I wanted to have the top pruned but because it is a native it cannot be touched. I hope it doesn’t grow much taller.
Clustered around its base is the pretty pink pelargonium.
Tucked behind is a red geranium and the lobelia and primula are still flowering on.
Under the trees in the shade the Clivia is a burst of orange.
Finally I stand in front of the powderpuff lily pilly ( Syzygium wilsonii ). I love the way the branches droop and drip through all the other trees and plants in this bed and each branch finishes with a burst of fluffy red.
I hope you have enjoyed this stroll around my garden. I love this time of the year as spring is the best time. In another couple of months summer will be here and in the heat the plants will go into shut down, survival mode, and so will I…
I’m joining Jo’s cyber walking group this week, pop over to see where every one else is taking you this week.