January is a mid-Summer month for us and we've finally had decent rainfall over the last two weeks. The downpours have not been torrential, but quite heavy and most welcome.
The rain clouds usually roll in during the afternoon and the rain begins to fall and continues through the night. We do get the occasional clear evening, but then it's painfully hot and steamy. Yes, those brown lumps out in the front yard are the Agile Wallabies that help us out with the lawn mowing during the wet season.
They're a great source of unpaid labour and thankfully they're enjoying the abundant grass and not my garden plants now!
The Torenia 'Violet Magic' are both thriving and looking fabulous out in the courtyard. I'm very happy to see them lasting so long. This particular variety seems to be handling the summer rain very well. Usually Torenias shrivel up and fade away during our wet season, but thankfully we haven't had the horrid driving rain yet.
Another plant that really doesn't like a heavy wet season are the Pelargoniums. At the moment, while they're not exactly flourishing, they are doing quite well.
The back of the courtyard continues to look bright and colourful.
My favourite Salvia splendens hybrid 'Dusky Hues' just power on from year to year now. They just need the occasional cut back and they're as happy as Larry!
The ever pleasing Cleome spinosa 'Senorita Rosalita' just loves this weather, as long as the rains are not too heavy the slender flowering stems stand up straight and tall.
I love the simplicity and purity of the snow white Wrightia antidysenterica 'Arctic Snow' flowers out in the courtyard. Soon it will be time to pot up to a larger container and I'm looking forward to even more blooms as it matures.
Elsewhere around the property ...
... the gorgeous Lagerstroemia speciosa or Queen's Myrtle has been flowering beautifully.
The Murraya paniculata down the driveway has bloomed again and this time it's absolutely covered in flowers. I've never seen so many blooms on this shrub. It's the oldest Murraya on the property and is now around 3 metres in height.
The scent from the gorgeous flowers is simply heavenly.
One of the Celosia cristata plants growing in a pot on the side stairs has re-seeded and the new babies are starting to bloom. We call these lovely things 'Cockscomb'. The new babies look a little different to their mother ... they have this fabulous yellow running through the comb. I'm going to have to try and keep this one going!
The very last of the Hemerocallis is on show. Hemerocallis 'Archangel Eyes' has been weighed down by the heavy rain but still shows off it's lovely bloom.
Out in the shadehouse garden, Curcuma 'Voodoo Magic' is blooming
and Costus productus is still flowering.
I'm pleased to say that one of the Salvia cuttings I was sent by a very generous gardener (thanks Titania!) has taken off and is flowering for the first time.
I think I'm going to like this hot pink!
I'm joining Tootsie for her Fertiliser Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers
and Today's Flowers