July is mid winter in Australia, but South East area of Queensland is a sub tropical zone and the weather is as perfect as it can get, blue skies, temperatures low to mid 20deg, bonus this month being weekly rain showers. The plants are already thinking of spring and new buds are popping out everywhere.
The annual paper daisies are going to be out in full flower soon.
Look at the profusion of buds on this dainty wattle. I’ve been watching them develop every day and telling it how beautiful it is going to be. Watch this space next month.
The poppies are managing to keep their heads up, with a bit of help from a stake,
But orange is the dominant colour at the moment.
Look what has sneaked back in to the green house…I did tell myself I would not bother with tomatoes again as I do not have much success with them. But I’m a sucker for “having another go”
I have tried to get 3 quotes for cutting down 5 palms and topping the mango tree. But it is hard to get tradesmen at the moment as the building and renovating business is going gang busters. The real estate market is so hot. Every time a house is sold it is knocked down and a new, huge “macmansion” Is put up that fills the whole section leaving no room for gardens.
Finally “Big Jim” agreed to come in next week to do the job. Those palms are getting very top heavy, so before they come down in a storm it is time for them to go. About 3-4 years ago Jack did the topping of the Mango. But, finally we have decided it is time to get some help in to do these heavy jobs.
It may be mid winter but when the back garden is bathed in the morning sun I can forget what winter used to be like in my childhood, many years ago, in England.
Finally I thought it might be interesting to show you how the garden has changed in 20 years. From a tropical, palm dominated paradise. The palms were taken down about 5 years ago as I had finished travelling and wanted a more light filled cottage style garden with a predominance of native plants.
It is now filled with sunlight.
I looked back at 2020 July “changing seasons”, back then after a battle with covid the area was slowly coming out of lockdown and life was gradually getting back to normal. But 2 days ago “Delta” raised it’s ugly head, from 1 case to 6 in that time, so as of today we have been catapulted into a 3 day lockdown. I hope we have stopped it in it’s tracks.
Brian at “bushboys” and Ju-lyn of “touring my backyard” are taking turns hosting the “changing seasons” monthly challenge. This month it is Brian’s turn. Thank you to both of you for keeping this challenge going.