These photos are take last month at the midst of our rainy season! In a month or two we are again entering our dry season, when most of the greens will turn brown.
Some plants in our property already bloom a few weeks after the rainy season started. These are mostly the annuals. And there are also the perennials which bloom rain or drought, although of course more and bigger blooms appear during the rainy season.
Every stem of the Hedychium has a bunch of white, sweet smelling, butterfly-shaped flowers sending a lovely scent around the garden. Its smell is not as offensive as the Dracaena fragrans, that we also have plenty around our area, but blooms in the dry season.
The 'Pride of Barbados', better known as Caesalpinia pulcherrima, never fails to give warmth to our hedges. It also hosts the yellow small butterflies, so they are always around to give the area an enchanting look. The small yellow butterflies look like small fairies, which are slow fliers unlike the bigger ones.
These are the new growths of Sanchezia speciosa after severe pruning in July. These are some of the perennials. But it returns well with the continuing rains. I cut all the stems to allow the red Ixora coccinea see some sunlight. The dwarf Ti plant, which was almost fully covered earlier, also benefited from the Sanchezia pruning.
The croton's leaves all drooped throughout the dry months. I did not cut it, and fully recovered with long leaves after the rains.
The good growth of the crotons is prominently displayed through the bright colors and long leaves, almost doubled the length of the dry season leaves.
But the most conspicuous for humans and butterflies are these marigolds. Humans just want to look at them but insects wanted to sip its nectar and get their pollen. It has a smell not really favored by human nostrils, and it leaves a bad taste when you happen to touch them. Butterflies and insects maybe want them bitter, or they really just didn't have the nose! So i just content myself watching both the plants and the butterflies, it is a double treat!