It is now Autumn, my favourite season. The days are still warm but the nights are cooler and, thank goodness, the humidity has disappeared. I feel revitalised, energised and ready to tackle new chores. I have even started my daily walk around the block each day.
But it has been an unusual month weather wise, it has rained almost every day, or so I thought. But I checked the statistics and was very surprised to find it has only rained on 14 days and only 160mm of rain fell, 203mm is the average for March. We went away for a week at the beginning of the month and left the garden to look after itself and during that week it rained almost every day, so that, I think, has coloured my perception of the month. But thank goodness for the rain as we are now heading into winter and, normally, the dry season for this area.
It has also been the big downsizing of the workload in the garden this month, by getting rid of many of the potted plants that had accumulated (I told you the story of the downsizing here) But the growth has been phenomenal this month so now the gardening tasks will be pruning and creating lots of lovely compost.
Come for a walk with me along the garden path to see what is growing.Can you just see the compost bin lurking behind the plants waiting for the next load, and there is my favourite place to sit…
Here is a gallery of what is flowering at the moment.
The heliconias are coming to the end of their flowering period, they have been hanging around all summer. But notice the ants? There are millions of them around at the moment.
Witchy Poo is keeping an eye on things…
Jack’s baby Desert Roses are now out of the nursery and on to the special stand he made for them. He still has 7 smaller ones on the house deck getting special treatment. Rather strange how they all have exactly the same treatment yet some race away and some sulk.
Here is the Buddha’s Belly (Jatropha Podagrica) You can see why he is called that, he is starting to get quite a portly figure. Do you feel like giving his belly a rub for good luck?
Su over at Zimmerbitch is now hosting the “Changing Seasons” monthly challenge. It is a good way to record what is happening month by month. You may like to join in. Go over and check it out