Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Last of My Tropical Flowers

Ginger Lily (Hedychium gardnerianum)
It's Autumn here in Australia and, one would think, getting a bit cooler during the day and a nice, fresh, crispness in the air. Oh no! Here in Brisbane, we've had temperatures in the low to mid 30's this week and I think the tropical plants in my front garden are thinking "what happened to Autumn - I thought we were done for the year?".

Bromeliad - Billbergia pyramidalis
I have many species of bromeliad and I love them for being low maintenance, great ground covers, very drought tolerant and self sufficient.

Flowers aren't out for long before they start to fade in colour.
I love loved my front garden. Before kids, it was beautifully maintained, although it's a pretty low maintenance garden. It's full of tropical species and I prefer colourful foliage rather than flowers to keep all year round colour. We have a pond with a waterfall and quite an ecosystem happening with lots of lizards, frogs, spiders and every other kind of bug you could imagine. It's empty at the moment and in need of a good clean. We can't keep the water up to it because of the evaporation from the heat. Didn't have any problems back in December/January with all the rain.

Since the kids came, it's become quite overgrown and needs a good cutting back and a few garden beds replenished with new plants, made from cuttings of existing plants.

Another job to add to the ever growing list.

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