Today it is the official first day of summer, but it feels as though it has been summer right through November. A disastrous month on all fronts. Records broken for the lowest rain fall in November since records began, with ZERO rain for our part of Queensland. (Previous low was 15.6mm in 2011. Average November rainfall is 90mm). Catastrophic bush fires ravaging large parts of this corner of Australia.
Then last night came the welcome sound of a storm, with rain falling most of the night. This morning there was 15.5mm in the rain gauge.
Thankfully we have a spear pump so I have been watering the garden every evening and the garden has repaid me with a beautiful show of colour.
The tropical flowers love this climate and are flaunting their vibrant colours. November is the month that the dazzling, fiery red of the Poinciana trees light up all around the area.And the frangipani steals the show covered with a cloak of sweet smelling flowersThe Dancing Lady orchid sways elegantly from its perch in the fork of a tree.
Our 20 year old Desert Rose is a riot of densely packed blossom.While Jack’s tribe of carefully nurtured and loved baby Desert Roses are starting to flower. ( These are just a few of the almost 50 that he now has raised from seed. They have become a bit of a passion with him…)The veggie department is going into recess over summer. But a few still remain.
The blue tongue lizard arrives every morning for his fruit and mince handout.
So ends another month and it is count down to Christmas and the “silly season” and I am pleased to relate that I am back firing on all 4 cylinders and it remains a complete mystery as to what caused my black out last month.
Su of “Zimmer Bitch” hosts the “Changing Season challenge” each month and it is a great way to keep a record of the passing months.
Wishing all my blogging buddies a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and best wishes to you all for the coming year.