Autumn 2015

Autumn 2015

Right now the ground is still wet from the storm early this morning. The very frequent lightning strikes and rumble of thunders woke me up. In general, autumn this year is mild and cool, plants look fresh and many are still blooming. The Hibiscus are still flowering and some of the roses are showing off the remaining autumn blooms. Some of those that flower in autumn are making themselves ready to bloom, like for examples the lucky jade Crassula ovata, Thryptomene and Zygocactus. The dwarf Nandinas have turn into vivid maroon bronze colour, while the Miltonia orchids are in full bloom.

Miltonia Orchids:

I bought 3 bare-rooted Miltonia orchids with different colours few years ago, but one of white ones does not grow very well and has no flower, while the other two always bloom every year.

Pretty white and purple Miltonia orchid

Pretty white and purple Miltonia orchid

Mauve Miltonia Orchid 2015

Mauve Miltonia Orchid 2015

White and Purple Miltonia Orchid

White and Purple Miltonia Orchid

Lucky Jade Crassula ovata:

Only this variegated Crassula has started to grow flower buds. The red and cream margins make this lucky jade plant pretty and colourful.

Flower Buds Jade - Crassula ovata

Flower Buds Jade – Crassula ovata

Rose ‘Peace’:

Many of the leaves have fallen off and I could not resist to take a photo of the last blooms of the season.

PS: To my cousin Zefanya (Sien-sien) who passed away last April 8 at the age of 48 in Solo Indonesia, rest in peace and no more pain. I wish I could lay this beautiful rose on your burial ground. You will always be sadly missed by us all.

Rose 'Peace'

Rose ‘Peace’

Red Carpet Rose:

Carpet Rose - red

Carpet Rose – red

Hibiscus:

Hibiscus is a very versatile plant that flower all the way from Spring to Autumn, the single white one that we have is very fragrant.

Hibiscus Orange

Hibiscus D.J. O’Brien – Ruffled Orange

Hibiscus Fragrant White

Fragrant White Hibiscus

Hibiscus Single Pink

Hibiscus Single Pink

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’:

This small Camellia has single red flowers that bloom mainly in Autumn and Winter.

Camelia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Bromeliads:

I just divided and repotted the Neoregelia plants few weeks ago and now they have started to grow purple flowers. The tiny flowers remind me of the Tillandsia brachycaulos. Actually Bromeliads, Neoregelia, Tillandsia and Ananas (pineapples) are all from the Bromeliaceae family.

Purple Neoregelia Flower

Purple Neoregelia Flower

Bromeliads - Flower Bud

Bromeliads – Flower Bud

Bromeliad and Neoreglia

Bromeliad and Neoreglia