Top Left: Brazilian Red Cloak 

It’s a fast growing evergreen flowering shrub for tropical or sub-tropical gardens. Mine is flowering profusely at the moment. It flowers from December through until about June or July. It has gorgeous red flowers, big green leaves which are beautiful too. It grows to about 3 metre high.

Centre: Bromeliads

The first of the two is in flower. It’s such a bright, vibrant colour. Bromeliads are easy to grow. Many have patterned leaves, such as the second photo with pink flecks on the green and cream leaves.

Centre Right:

Impatiens. I grow most of mine in pots to cope with the heavy rain we get during summer in my sub-tropical garden, otherwise they could rot in the ground.


A Croton. Crotons do flower but the flowers are insignificant. The shrub is all about the coloured leaves. They develop their best colours in bright light.


Photography is a great love of mine, when I’m not writing books or even when I am. I enjoy taking photos of flowers. I frequently turn them into photoart.

I also love my garden. Recently, I changed to more Australian native plants than I previously had but I like mixing in a few others. Mainly, I love flowers.

The top left are Grape Petunias that grow in clumps and are smaller than many other petunias. These are just as showy and the purple is stunning.

Top right is a Kangaroo Paw. Kangaroo paw is the common name for a number of species that are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. However many are now cultivated and can be bought in plant nurseries. They have unique bird-attracting flowers. I also have a red flowered one that is equally as stunning.

The bottom left photo is Scaevola aemula, or the fan-flower, native to southern Australia. It grows very well in my sub-tropical climate. The flowers fan out and are beautiful.

The bottom centre photo is of a Double Impatien. I have a few colours and I also have a single flower. I love the doubles as they resemble little roses.

Bottom right is an Osteospermum, also known as African daisies. This is the only colour I have of this one and it’s a stunner.

I hope you enjoyed reading and seeing the photos. I hope to do a regular blog on my flowers and my garden.