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My Garden in flower - Summer 2008-2009


By bernieh


Just wanted to keep a record of my garden in flower through the seasons.

Flowering through Summer (December to February):
Acalypha in flower

Ardisia elliptica shrub

Ardisia elliptica flowers

Allamanda cathartica




Cassia Fistula

Citharexylum Spinosum

Clitoria Ternatea

Coleus flower spike

Combretum Constrictum – New Guinea Bottlebrush

Coral Ardisia

Croton flower spike

Cuphea Mexicana

Delonix Regia flowers

Dianthea Nodosa

Duranta Repens

Dwarf Mussaenda

Galphimia Glauca



Gum in flower

Hibiscus rosa sinensis.

Hibiscus Schizopetalus


Jacaranda Mimosifolia

Jasminum Officinale

Kaemferia Elegans

Lagerstroemia Speciosa

Our native Lobelia


Malvaviscus Arboreus var. mexicanus

Mussaenda Philippica ‘Aurore’

Mussaenda Philippica ‘Bangkok Rose’

Nematanthus Glabra




Planchonia careya

Plumeria Obtusa ‘Hawaiin Sunset’

Plumeria Obtusa ‘Singapore White’


Russelia Juncea

Tabebuia Heterophylla


Our native violet – Viola Hederacea

Neomarica Longifolia

Zephyranthes Grandiflora

For the record:
My region’s climate is unique amongst other coastal locations along the North Queensland coast. Unlike most of tropical Queensland, my region is appropriately referred to as the Dry Tropics because of its relatively low rainfall compared with other areas. The climate is warm and sub-humid, with a hot wet summer period of variable duration and intensity, and a warm dry winter season.

The summer months here are very hot and very humid with “build-up” thunderstorms starting in late October or November. Bursts of monsoon rains from late December through until early April deliver our highest rainfalls, and this is also the season that Tropical Cyclones can threaten the region. The average annual rainfall is 1143mm on an average 91 rain days, most of which falls in the six month “wet season” November to April. So far this year we’ve received 1690mm – a record.

December, which is the warmest month of the year, records a daily maximum average temperature of 31.4 o C and daily minimum temperatures averaging 25.0 o C. Hot, muggy and uncomfortable conditions are common during the summer. Humidity is frequently between 60% and 75% during this time. It is thought that because of the humidity a 32°C day in Townsville will often feel like a 37°C day in a drier climate. Keeping the garden going through summer is hard work – with monsoonal rainfall, cyclonic winds, scorching summer heat, high levels of humidity and very bright sunshine.

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I love seeing your flowers Bernie.
I am drawn to the pink coloured ones very much they are gorgeous.
The Tabebuia, the Mandevilla and the Lagerstroemia i like a lot too.
You are very lucky to be able to grow such things, it seems like we'd all fancy another persons climate !!!!

25 May, 2009


Thanks Louise. Yes it's so true - I rather fancy a climate that would allow me to grow daffs, tulips and dutch iris. But there are gorgeous plants to be grown wherever you are!

25 May, 2009


It's interesting to learn about diferent areas. Thanks. You have some lovely plants.

25 May, 2009


Thanks Hywel - I really enjoy that aspect of this site. You get to learn so much about different places and plants.

25 May, 2009


Ta Marguerite - thanks for the suggestion. I will look it up - it's been bugging me for quite a while not knowing what it was. Not that knowing its name will help me look after it any better - it does that by itself. It's a fantastic fuss-free shrub. I started this 'through the seasons' more for myself - sometimes you don't appreciate just what you have!

25 May, 2009


Bernie - I enjoyed this blog and seeing plants we wouldn't grow here in the UK. Keep 'em coming :-)

25 May, 2009


Thanks for your effort Marguerite - I appreciate it. This one is proving more difficult than I thought.

25 May, 2009


Thanks Andrewr - it's always interesting to me too to see what others are growing. I will be doing one of these for each of our 'seasons' - although we really only have a 'wet' and 'dry' season here.

25 May, 2009


Lovely blog, Bernieh! Loved all the flowers, many of which I've never seen before! Reading your description of the climate I wouldn't like to live there! I can get on with high temps, up to about 36º/37ºC but that´s in a dry climate, like where I used to live in the centre of Spain. Just coming back to humid ol'Blighty was a shock! I had lived in Spain nearly 20 years without returning to the UK & had become accustomed to the very dry conditions there. The day I returned to England I heard on the radio that that day was the hottest day of the year, about 26ºC, up till that moment, end of June, but I left temps of more than 10ºC higher when I left Spain.

I take many photos of my plants on the balcony as well. I like to keep a record of what was flowering when & how the plants evolve over their growing period. That's how I am capable of posting pictures of my plants over several years & at different moments of the year.

Since my wife bought me a digital camera about 6 years ago I have been able to take very many more photos than before. Now with high quality photos on our mobile phones it's even easier than before!!!

25 May, 2009


Thanks very much Balcony. Yes our climate up here is not for the faint-hearted. We had some visitors come out from London to stay here over Christmas - they suffered terribly! The heat, the humidity and the insects were too much for them! It is interesting to keep a record over time of the plants in the garden - I've enjoyed your photos very much. You have a great display on your balcony at all times of the year and through the years.

26 May, 2009


Wow, considering your climate you have a good variety of blooms, I was expecting a garden of cactii :-) and I am extremely jealous as you have Singapore White frangipani one of my favourites (childhood memory) I bought some seed and tried growing them in my conservatory, they never germinated :-(

26 May, 2009


Thanks Norfolk. We can grow some lovely flowering plants up here - my particular area of the north is not really suited to a lot of the tropical plants as it's rather dry here. Still have a few choice of plants to grow though. Sorry to hear about your frangipani - mine are dropping all their leaves at the moment for winter and will be back in full bloom in spring/summer - always a great display.

26 May, 2009


..and fantastic scent, I can still smell them from long ago when I lived in Singapore, Id love to fill my house with that scent, the closest I can get to it over here is with Freesias

26 May, 2009


Norfolk I can't grow freesias - so there's a bit of irony for you. You're right about the scent though - I use the flowers as table decorations for dinner with friends and it's always a hit.

27 May, 2009


Marguerite - I've found it at last! Found out the name of the red flowering shrub. It's called Combretum Constrictum or the New Guinea Bottlebrush. Finally!

9 Jun, 2009


Enjoyed this blog very much Bernieh :) You havve so many beautiful flowering plants. How tall is your duranta repens? I have one, but mine is wee :) The photo of your Russelia Juncea, is gorgeous! The pentas photo is very nice too. The Lagerstroemia Speciosa has gorgeous flowers!

18 Jul, 2009


Thanks Tasteyg - I have several duranta repens. There are nine durantas down beside my long driveway and the tallest is around 5 metres - the others are mostly around 3 or 4 metres tall. I've just spent most of this afternoon pulling a huge 2 metre by 2 metre clump of russelia out (impossible to get rid of all of it unfortunately) - there's quite a bit of it growing in several clumps around the property. I'm afraid it's all now looking more like a weed, so I'm slowly getting rid of most of it! I do have quite a few pentas plants, which I love, and I have two of the lagerstroemia trees. Winter over here means there's really not much colour out around the property.

18 Jul, 2009


Hi BH! Said I'd come and look and here I am....glad I popped by as well.

Fabulous pics and such great flowers. Love the Gazania, as you can tell from my pic. All mine were washed away and/or eaten by the pesky slugs. I've put some copper tape around the bowl now and today, I noticed 3 new buds so hoping for some sunshine to welcome them out!

Great blog and pics....

I will return! :0)-

30 Jul, 2009


Glad you could visit Oddbillie - I love gazanias as well but they suffered dreadfully during the monsoonal rainfall we got in late summer. Lost most of them - so I've just started getting some new ones for the garden. I'd love to send some of our great winter sunshine over to you - hope your gazanias flower well.

30 Jul, 2009


Thank you kindly.

Most of my poor flowers look drained with all the rainfall of late. It's such a shame as they look great then, whoooooosh....a week of rain and game over. Well, not quite, but you know what I mean!

Appreciate the offer of the sunshine but not sure if it would get through the immigration laws here in Wales......

....anything remotely resembling sunshine or blue sky is rapidly sent back out of the country as it is deemed detrimental to the welsh way of life...:0(


30 Jul, 2009


Ha - good one. I visited Wales a few years ago and we experienced glorious sunny blue-sky days!!! Hope they can creep back over there.

31 Jul, 2009

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