Sunrise at Wooli
Warm tropical currents from the north merge with cooler southern currents on the coast off Wooli, and the amazing diversity of life this fosters is protected by the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Of great interest to researchers and conservationists and a popular destination for anglers, divers and family groups, this marine park even features hard and soft corals. Deep sea fishing tours and dive tours are also available.
On land, Wooli is surrounded by the Yuraygir National Park, and bushwalking and surfing on the unspoiled beaches are popular. There is plenty of accommodation and camping facilities and the small business centre provides most services.
Old fashioned Daylili, brilliant colour and good texture.
Orange Hibiscus with dark red eye is an unusual colour combination but it works.
Strelitzia, Bird of Paradise are always eye catchers.
Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa. Common names include Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III.
The plant grows to 2 m (6½ ft) tall, with large, strong leaves 25-70 cm (10-28 in) long and 10-30 cm (4-12 in) broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m (about 40 in) long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; it makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue petals. Two of the blue petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary. When the sunbirds sit to drink the nectar, the petals open to cover their feet in pollen. Wikipedia
I love Crucifix Orchids, and this orange one calls out for attention.
Epidendrum, abbreviated Epi in horticultural trade, is a large neotropical genus of the orchid family, commonly known as the star orchid or crucifix orchid. With more than 1,100 species, some authors refer to it as a mega-genus. The genus name (from Greek, "growing on trees") refers to its epiphytic growth habit. When Carolus Linnaeus named this genus in 1763, he included in this genus all the epiphytic orchids known to him. However, few of these orchids are still included in the genus Epidendrum. Wikipedia
I love this Canna in my garden with its satiny, orange flowers. The striped leaves are very attractive too.
Canna (or Canna lily, although not a true lily) is a genus of approximately twenty species of flowering plants. The closest living relations to cannas are the other plant families of the order Zingiberales, that is the gingers, bananas, marantas, heliconias, strelitzias, etc.
Canna is the only genus in the family Cannaceae. Such a family has almost universally been recognized by taxonomists. The APG II system of 2003 (unchanged from the APG system, 1998) also recognizes the family, and assigns it to the order Zingiberales in the clade commelinids, in the monocots.
The species have large, attractive foliage and horticulturists have turned it into a large-flowered, brash, bright and sometimes gaudy, garden plant. In addition, it is one of the world's richest starch sources, and is an agricultural plant.
Although a plant of the tropics, most cultivars have been developed in temperate climates and are easy to grow in most countries of the world as long as they can enjoy about 6 hours average sunlight during the summer. See the Canna cultivar gallery for photographs of Canna cultivars.
The name Canna originates from the Celtic word for a cane or reed. Wikipedia
Miniature Zinnia likes a hot,sunny spot and seeds profusely but is not invasive. In a hot climate one has to be careful with invasive plants, because everything, especially the ones one doesn't want spread like wildfire.
Believe it or not:
A garden without trees scarcely deserves to be called a garden.
Canon Henry Ellacombe 1790 - 1885