Beauty and the heat

With temperatures being approximately 5-10 degrees (celsius) higher than average for November we’ve had an early start to summer. It is storm season so the potential for rain is good although much of the heavy rain that has fallen already this month has failed to appear over our suburban block. Despite the extreme heat the plants and trees in our garden continue to bloom, the magnolia flowers don’t last long though and my gardenias have all but disappeared, leaving only crispy and brown remnants among the foliage.

Each year I wait for our Poinciana tree to flower, the foliage is beautiful but I have been wanting to see red flowers flooding the tree since seeing how other trees in the neighbourhood look at this time of year. We came close last year however a hail storm shredded everything and we were left with very little of anything on the tree. Poinciana trees in flower scream summer to me, the red blossoms provide spectacular contrast to the garden and it is the perfect colour scheme for the festive season.

Here are just a few of the beautiful things in our garden, I’m so happy that the heat hasn’t destroyed them.

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14 thoughts on “Beauty and the heat

  1. Debra Kolkka November 28, 2014 / 8:12 am

    The poincianas in Brisbane have been gorgeous, but the huge storm last night has probably wrecked them. We are at the coast, which seems to have missed the storm.

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:05 pm

      The devastation caused by the storm in Brisbane is quite incredible.We missed it on the coast as well and was shocked to hear about all the damage today and to see the reports on the news.

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      Our garden is very basic but there are a few plants that make me happy 🙂

  2. fredrieka November 28, 2014 / 9:56 am

    2 black dogs and one brindle cat happy thanks giving you are an inspiration to us all woof

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:07 pm

      Happy thanksgiving to you too! Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  3. Ogee November 28, 2014 / 11:31 am

    What a wonderful plan…to form the earth in such a way that a garden is always blooming somewhere! Beautiful.

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:08 pm

      So true, it would be lovely to travel the world and follow the flowers 🙂

  4. George Weaver November 28, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Beautiful blossoms. I love gerberas, but have never been able to grow them. I never see them here, so I guess they don’t do well in south Texas! I love this shot of them! 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks George! Gerberas survive surprisingly well with little care here, especially the old type of gerbera. I’m not much of a gardener so I need to have plants that take little maintenance 🙂

  5. restlessjo November 28, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    I echo George! 🙂 That is a superb gerbera shot!

    • twoblackdoggies November 28, 2014 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Jo! Such pretty flowers and the different varieties have been blooming since the start of Spring which always makes me smile 🙂

  6. taphian November 28, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    wonderful gallery

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