First of all, thank you WordPress for the Annual Report. This time is very different and I love to see the firework display to represent each blog that I made in 2013.

From December to February is summer time in Australia. So far, here in Melbourne this summer has been very mild with only about four hot days above 35 deg. C. Today is sunny 20 deg. C.

I just trimmed some of the plants in the back yard; Diosmas (Coleonema pulchrum) and Murraya paniculata. So far we have had enough rainfalls to make plants grow green and luscious. The pink angel-wing/cane Begonia (Begonia coccinea) is flowering nicely.
Back Yard Jan. 2014

The colourful foliage of Hemizigya ‘Candy Kisses’ adds brightness to the garden though it is not flowering at this moment. The silver bush (Convolvulus cneorum) has not flowered as well. I think the colder weather has delayed the blooms to develop. While the Lily of the Valley (Pieris japonica) is not in flower also (still in tiny buds).

Back Garden Jan 2014

Last year I transplanted the Voodoo Lilies (Amorphophallus konjac) which is also known as Devil’s Tongue from the pot in to the garden. This tuberous herbaceous plant has slowly started to grow foliage. So far they  never flowered and it will surprise me if they will this year.

Voodoo Lily - Amorphophallus konjac

Voodoo Lily – Amorphophallus konjac

I am so glad that the Dragon Fruit plant (Hylocereus sp.) is recovering from frost damage last winter. Part of the plants were soft and rotten, but now it has grown quite a few of new stems. It starts to grow high about 180 cm and the areal roots also start to grow. I will cover it with a plastic sheet next winter. Hopefully it will have flowers and fruits by the end of this year.

Dragon Fruit - Many New Growths

Dragon Fruit Plant

Dragon Fruit Plant

Dragon Fruit Plant

So far the beginning of this new year has been so pleasant and kind for the garden. Hopefully the rest of this summer won’t be too hot and too dry.