Along the drive way

Along the drive way

It seems that the Autumn colour will come a little bit late this year, the pear leaves still look green and winter will arrive in June.

The weather is much cooler and the plants look fresh and happy again. Few rainfalls lately were certainly appreciated and some plants have started to show off their autumn blooms. Summer heat waves aftermath….from all the plants in our garden, we lost Hemizygia ‘Candy Kisses’ and I pulled some of the roses that had too many dead branches.

When we painted the weatherboards of the house, I had to dig up the Chrysanthemums to save them from being  trampled on. After finished painting, the plants were replanted again. It is surely a very nice surprise to see them all blooming this season. I did not expect them to flower at all.

Yellow Chrysanthemum

Yellow Chrysanthemum

Mauve Chrysanthemums

Mauve Chrysanthemums

Light Yellow Chrysanthemum

Light Yellow Chrysanthemum

The badly damaged plants like the Jacobinia pauciflora ‘Firefly’ has started to recover slowly with new leaves. I haven’t cut all the dead and dry little branches so it still looks a bit untidy :

Jacobinia 'Firefly'

Jacobinia pauciflora ‘Firefly’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ suffered from mildly scorched foliage, now has managed to flower, mostly around the bottom part.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

This Duranta repens ‘Geisha Girl’ was suffering from scorching heat, the leaves were wilted and droopy…. and now it is also flowering and full of life. A tough little bush.

Duranta repens 'Geisha Girl'

Duranta repens ‘Geisha Girl’

Abelia grandiflora is a very tolerant plant. The high or low of Melbourne temperature don’t seem to bother this plant at all. It is also covered with small pinkish white flowers.

Abelia grandiflora

Abelia grandiflora

The high summer heat had made many succulents grow even better, like for example the Kalanchoe orgyalis ‘Copper Spoon’ , Sedum telepium ‘Autumn Joy’, Crassulas etc. The Crassula ovatas are growing autumn flower buds at the moment and will help to brighten the coming cold and dreary winter.

Copper Spoon - Kalanchoe orgyalis

Copper Spoon – Kalanchoe orgyalis

Crassula capitella 'Campfire'

Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’

Hibiscus plants are also proved to be tough against extreme Melbourne weather. They are also blooming nicely this

autumn.

Hibiscus 'D. J. O'Brien' and Fragrant White H. waimeae

Hibiscus ‘D. J. O’Brien’ and Fragrant White H. waimeae