Summer is in full swing here in Brisbane and it is hot! I don’t really like being hot, but I do love the flowering trees and shrubs that are looking beautiful right now.
Poincianas are stunning trees…they are covered in red flowers in summer.
The trees are a wonderful umbrella shape…the perfect shade tree.
The individual flowers are not spectacular, but they put on a good show together.
Illawarra Flame trees also look wonderful when they are in flower.
The flowers are almost finished now…time for the trees to produce huge seed pods.
Coral trees are covered in spikes and gorgeous red flowers that look like exotic birds.
The emerging flowers remind me of toucan’s beaks.
Strelizia, or Bird of Paradise flowers really look like exotic birds.
Thank goodness for nature, who could dream these up?
Glorious Frangipanis come in several colours…yellow/orange.
…and my favourite, white/yellow.
Mangoes are ripening on trees in our street.
Hibiscus are everywhere.
I don’t know the name of the next one, but it looks beautiful and smells divine.
Southbank is looking wonderful. It is always busy, but particularly now with the hot, sunny days. It is great to have this interesting space so close to the city.
The bougainvillea arbour provides a shady path for the length of the park.
The magenta colour of the bougainvillea is not the flower. The flowers are white and there are 3 tiny flowers surrounded by 3 or 6 colourful bracts.
I love the giant fig trees with the aerial roots. The roots grow down from the branches and take up moisture and nutrients from the air before eventually growing into the ground.
The trees provide an excellent playground for children.
Some of the ponds are covered with water lillies.
Lizards are enjoying the warm days.
I think this might be a type of Acacia.
The beach is full of families enjoying school holidays.
This must feel good on a hot day…the water park is a great place to play.
On my balcony the anthuriums are growing.
The spathiphyllum is thriving.
The lipstick plant is doing its thing.
…and my pineapple is ripening.
There are lots of things to love about summer…if only it wasn’t quite so hot.