A Year of Flowers: January18:56:00
I am always amazed that anything can grow, let alone produce flowers when its so hot and when there has hardly been a drop of rain. That pretty much sums up the month of January here, except for the last two days of the month where it poured and poured. The beds are dry, somehow the weeds are flourishing and a lot of the plants have been looking very lack lustre indeed.
If any plant was going to get an award for this month, I would nominate the Crepe Myrtles. Wow! What a show they are putting on in and around town at the moment, and we have a beauty of a specimen growing in our backyard.
The blooms are just starting to fall off which is a bit sad, however I did manage to capture its beauty while at its peak. They really are the best trees for the garden, especially if you are looking for impact on the colour front. Dont even get me started on my neighbours tree across the road. Amazing!! It just so happens that I wrote this post about this beautiful plant this time last year.
As you know we were away for the first two weeks of January and all that I hoped for was that on our return that the Dahlia's and Tomatoes were still alive. Im most certainly very happy to report that all is fine and well on the flower and tomato front here, and whilst they haven't bloomed yet, the Dahlia's though tested are growing very nicely indeed.
In all my efforts to stop the dreaded fruit fly in its tracks, I picked a tomato yesterday and I found that it had fruit fly in it which is very disappointing indeed. I am thinking that we may have left it ripen on the vine too long so in an effort to beat them again, I have picked a handful of the large enough, green tomatoes and I now have them ripening inside. Fingers crossed that will be the last infected one.
This month, despite the hot and dry weather there are plenty of flowers in bloom and in some instances It was a matter of just paying a little bit more attention and getting in closer for a proper look. I even learned the names of a couple more plants.
Here is what has been flowering for the month of January.
These petunias just keep on blooming and don't look like letting up any time soon. Definitely a must for next Spring and Summer here.
The Liriope is thriving. I chopped them right back before Christmas and even split a couple of them and replanted them out the front. They are all as good as new and producing these pretty flowers.
My favourites in the backyard at the moment, happy Gerberas.
These yellow Dahlias keep popping up amongst the Petunias. I have some nice pink ones growing too.
This Verbena has been really good and has survived with a lack of watering and the hot, full sun for the entire summer so far. The pot was too big to move into the shade before we went away so I left them, and the violets planted behind them for dead. Somehow they survived and they are the brightest red and are so pretty. I will definitely be planting these again for next summer.
The Basil and the Cosmos are looking very pretty indeed. I was going to move the Cosmos to other parts of the garden, but I think they look good on mass in the veggie patch. Ill let all of the basil and Cosmos go to seed here and do a bit of a seed collection later I think.
I think this is a type of 'Ericaceae' but I'm not too sure. Does anyone know?? Its finally producing blooms and whilst only little, its a nice little native shrub. Well I think it is a native anyway!
Did you get the rain at your place?
Ive been receiving and seeing pics on Instagram, via SMS as well as on Facebook from many of you of your blooms, tomatoes and gardening successes and I am absolutely loving seeing them and commenting on them. You know who you are!! It really makes my day that you even thought of me in some instances and makes me love writing and sharing here even more on the trials and tribulations that make up this gardening business, however amateur it may be. Its awesome!!
Thanks for visiting today.