Dwarf Lantana

Dwarf Lantana

Ripened Fruits of Crataegus phaenopyrum

Ripened Fruits of Crataegus phaenopyrum

Few rainfalls lately were enough to make lawn green again and at this moment silent drizzles have drenched everything outside. Autumn this year seems to come later and many amber calour leaves are still intact to be admired longer. Things are back for good and I cannot complain anymore.

The bright red fruits of the Washington Hawthorn tree (Crataegus phaenopyrum) tell us that fall has finally arrived. many birds are busy to eat the fruits. I was thinking to pick some  to make jelly, but then decided that the birds could have them all. We don’t eat much jam and jelly anyway.

In the garden quite a few flowers still show off their colours. The dwarf Lantana in the corner entrance of the driveway is blooming. The small clusters of multy coloured petals attract some bees to get the sweet nectar. The orange and white Hibiscus flowers look fresh and crisp in the cool autumn air. Geraniums/Pelargoniums have started to flower again after suffering from the heat of the summer.

Angel Wing Begonia - Mid April 2013

Angel Wing Begonia

All the deciduous Bonsai trees have all colours of autumn, especially the Chinese Pistachio/Pistacia cinensis with its deep red orange leaves.In the back yard, the angel wing begonia is doing very well with its pink flowers. The yellow orange flower buds of Vriesea Bromeliads are poking out of the center folliage.The Hamizygia colourful leaves and stems look very pretty while the Crysanthemums are heavy with so many flower buds.

Now the orchids, the Phalaenopsis that I bought before Chinese New Year in February is still flowering and so the others. I really start to love this orchid species because of the long lasting flowers. I also noticed that at the end of the flower stems very tiny leaves start to grow. I am sure they are ‘Keikis” (babies) that grow naturally. When the leaves have grown big enough they will start to grow roots. Later when the roots are long enough, they can be detached from the mother and grown as new plants. Two Miltonia sp. are flowering but the other one still in buds.

The Cymbidium tracyanum surprised me with its long flower spike that is growing very fast. The size of the spike is much bigger and longer than the other Cymbidums. Cymbidium tracyanum spikes can grow around one meter long! Some of the other Cymbidiums also start to grow spikes. The Zygo cacti’s flower buds have also started to grow on each end of the stems.

Cymbidium tracyanum Flower Spike - Mid April 2013

Cymbidium tracyanum Flower Spike – Mid April 2013

We all hope that the rest of autumn and the winter this year will have reasonable rain falls. Fingers cross! How strange that here in Australia lately, all rains seem to fall in Queensland and the Western part of the continent. We in the South kept asking:”What happen with our rain??”

Phalaenopsis Keikis???

Phalaenopsis Keikis???

Miltonia Orchid

Miltonia Orchid

Bonsai: Pistachio - Pistacia chinensis

Bonsai: Pistachio – Pistacia chinensis

Bromeliad vriesea - Mid April 2013

Bromeliad vriesea