We have had enough of green so it is time to move on to a brighter colour: pink. As Christina Rossetti says so elegantly
What is pink? a rose is pink
By a fountain’s brink.
What is red? a poppy’s red
In its barley bed …
There will be no roses for you today – mine died off during the early drought years many moons ago and there will be no red poppy – it is the wrong colour for today’s cheer. Instead, we will start off with a bloom that doesn’t appear to mind drought at all while it is always pleased to receive sustenance from the rain: a hibiscus.
A vigorous – though very attractive – alien is the Lantana camara.
These pelargoniums thrive in my drought-stricken garden.
As does this Pachypodium succulentum, which is even happier since I transplanted it to a large pot.
Self-sown opium poppies (Papaver somniferm) bloom in my back garden during October or November in most years.
While these jasmine blooms scent the summer nights most beautifully.