After featuring gardens from New Zealand for the past 5 posts, I soon realized that I had
confused some of my new blogging visitors who think I’m from New Zealand! Hence, it is
time to return to my own garden haven in the tropics. My garden is predominantly green at
the moment. I need to have more colour in it! I have had a wonderful time admiring the
colours of spring in a temperate climatic zone, and I ask myself, why can’t I have springtime
in my tropical garden all year round? Sounds like a riddle, eh, as it is actually summer all
year round here. Well I could plant beds of colourful annuals and tropical perenials which
have colourful flowers or foliage! Yes, they might resemble spring flowers… after all I can
grow certain bulbs like the amaryllis and I can have masses and masses of hydrangeas ….
and ….there I go again, already seeing these fabulously blooming flower beds in my mind’s
eye. I hope this new inspiration will not evaporate into thin air but become tangible reality in
a few months from now. I have already started on my gladioli patches! Right now though,
these are the only spots of colour in my green tropical garden:
The only accent here comes from the specks of red on the bushes. These are my ‘Shanghai Rose”
plants. The delicate blossoms, which do not at all resemble any rose I’ve ever seen, bloom all year round.These cheerful portulaca in the balinese pot are a delightful addition to an otherwise green garden. They have an attractive yet quiet quality about them that I like.
There is also some colour under the pine trees. Circling the green pine is a border of orange ixora. Barely visible behind is a ring of yellow ixora and completely hidden under the blue pine by the wall is a circle of red ixora. I love it when the ixora plants start flowering in earnest.
The only accent here will be a bright yellow from the potted celosia when it bursts into action! I like to think of them as my bursts of sunshine. As these are annuals, I get to enjoy them only about three times a year…but what a joy when they appear.
The lemony green hues of the low ground cover is a bright contrast to the trio of dark green topiaried trees around them. In the shallow balinese pot are some multi-petalled Rose Moss, a smaller variety of portulaca [Portulaca grandiflora] than the single-petalled ones in the second picture. This variety comes in all sorts of colours. I should make it a point to collect all the colours so that I have a mad mix of multi-coloured portulaca in this pot. That would be a welcome splash of technicolour paint on my green canvas.
Let’s see where this path leads us… in my next post!
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