For ornamentals, these months coincide with their maturity and flowering starts to dwindle. Annuals produce seeds and the plants start to die. That way, the seeds are ready before the dry season starts to be too harsh for them. They are genotypically prepared for the continuity of the species.
This anthurium is pinkish red, but beautifully produce some variegation at maturity
anthurium flower stages
Dianella tasmanica produced lots of those minute flowers in November
Pentas lanceolata is a perennial but they love it better with colder nights. Butterflies also starts to be less, but they still love the pentas blooms.
Bougainvillea is also a floriferous perenial, never stops blooming
Marigold becomes scraggly these days, but the blooms are still lovely at old age, don't you agree?
We have some scentless roses too. I guess they are less palatable when scentless. No wonder they don't need to have thorns, so it is the Unscented Thornless Rose!
This is a lone chili pepper at the front of the house, delivered by birds. We let it grow there and it became like a small tree, about more than 6 ft. It was actually taller than me. The birds love the ripe fruits. We don't have much use for the fruits, and the birds monopolize the eating.
ready for harvesting, eh!
The blue duranta, well loved by the butterflies, now have few flowers left. The flower stems don't look nice anymore. In a little while, the green fruits will emerge concomittant with the dwindling numbers of butterflies. They are in-sync, don't you think so?
Even the caladium gets scraggly, not looking good anymore at old age. Some are even eaten by the hawkmoth larvae turning serrated leaves.
Lantana camara and Ixora coccincinensis are both perennials,
they are not bothered much by hot or colder temperatures.
Look at the Impatiens balsamina, fruits are maturing, some even already dehisced busting them to the ground. I have also uprooted a lot of plants for the compost.
Mussaenda blooms are maturing too, reaching the extent of blooming.
A few more weeks and they are ready for prunning or beheading.
Of all the plants we have, it is Hoya diversifolia that brings me so much excitement. The vines outside the canopy, facing the bright sun produced umbels at every node, and they continue to bloom until January or February. They have been like that since September. I think you will agree with my enthusiasm. Other hoya growers don't experience the blooms i get from it. This is its 2nd year of blooming like that.
Above is the close-up of some blooming stems near the tree main branch. The only disadvantage is the height of the tree, i need to go to the roof to take some photos. The first photo was taken on the ground, while above was on the roof. Can you blame me for giving more attention to the hoya? I have made a post about it "In Focus" in the previous posts.