This month we had 19 out of 30 days when it rained. A total of 237mm. It was warm, gentle rain. North and west Queensland were getting storms, torrential rain and floods while, incredibly, this corner of Queensland was blessed with perfect growing conditions. And grow everything did. So the main jobs in the garden this month was to keep things under control.
The Plumbago has almost finished flowering so time for a haircut.
Now that looks better.
The Murraya was the next on Jack’s hit list. It has a small, rather insignificant white flower with a sweet scent, but I like to keep it trimmed as a feature ball. So it doesn’t get chance to flower as it grows so fast, needing constant trimming as a hedge would.
The Frangipani has not flowered so well this year and my theory is that because it has been so wet this year, compared to other Queensland summers, the growth has all gone into the leaves. They have been thick and abundant. But they are now doing their annual dying and dropping
That means another daily job for Jack to rake them up.
The Poinciana tree is just coming into flower. It is very late this year, usually being in full bloom early December. Could it be the rain again I wonder.
Notice the seat in the shade of the Poinciana?
That is another job done this month. We love seats around the garden and this particular seat was bought 20 years ago for the grandchildren to sit on when they visited. They are now into their 20’s and the seat had become shabby and worn with the back rusting. So Jack gave it a repaint and built the base to put it on in the front garden for the neighbours children to sit on when they visit us. The base still has to be finished we will be looking for some tiles at the recycle place to face it with.
A success story this year. The native violets have never flowered as well as this before. Again I think it is the regular rain. Other years I have to put the sprinklers on every day and they never flowered this well. Notice how they are colonizing the paving area. I debate with myself whether I should pull them back. But I do like the wild, feral appearance. Maybe when they stop flowering I will clear them from the paving area.
The caterpillars have arrived. They come every year to totally trash the Pentas plants They are green and small and very hard to see. There must be an army of them as they strip the plant in a few days. But I don’t mind as I prune the plant back when they have gone and every year it will flower again. And caterpillars become butterflies.
I tried to get a photo of one. Can you spot it? If you want to see Pentas in all their glory pop over to Bushboys site he has a magnificent display. He also hosts the “changing season” challenge with Ju-lyn.
The kookaburras are back. Hopefully they are finding some of the caterpillars.
Meanwhile in the back garden the Turmeric plant is dominating the herb patch. But again a different caterpillar is attacking the Finger Lime shrub in the pot under the Turmeric plant.
The greenhouse is starting to fill up. Jack’s baby Desert Roses are doing well and I have recently planted some spinach seedlings. The pots are starting to multiply again!!!
One final job Jack did was to paint the white plastic chairs we bought to add even more seats around the garden.
So it has been a very busy month. Now time to take a glass of wine and Jack will have a beer and to sit out and enjoy the garden. It would be lovely if you could join us. But in the meantime you can have a virtual visit.