Today, the 21st of May, is sunny and bright. What a big relief after many dark and cold days in the last few weeks.

The surprisingly less cold wind is blowing the autumn leaves to the ground. They are everywhere on the lawn and on the drive-way. Some autumn flowers are still there to enjoy and the remaining chrysanthemum flowers are still fresh and pretty. In the back yard, the brightly coloured Hemizigya ‘Candy Kisses’ is showing off it’s tiny mauve flowers.

I have to prune the roses very soon (I haven’t done it until now), though some of them are still flowering. The scarethecat plants  (Coleus canina)  are trailing everywhere with their erect purple flowers. Another good trimming is what they need. I did it some time ago, but the recent heavy rains have made them grow back again.  The dwarf lantana mature flowers have turned all red. They had multi colours, red, yellow and pink before. Our Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ is blooming profusely and the crassulas are fully covered with flower buds. In the winter time, tiny whitish flowers of Crassulas will open to brighten up the cold days. I am surprised to see the Hibiscus still have many flowers in this exceptionally cold autumn that we have this year.

Some potted plants also have flowers like the dwarf flamingo flowers (anthurium) while the zhygo cactus will be in full bloom very soon. Some of the orchids have started to show many flower spikes. Hopefully the recent chills will make the Cymbidiums flower well this year.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ( Stanley Horowitz)

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