It is hard to believe it is already 19th January. It has been quite hot in Perth so the days passed one after the other with very little being done outside. Phil does the sprinkler watering on Tuesdays and Fridays and hand waters the pots on all days when it is hot, including my 7 frangipani, two of which are blooming and a third has buds nearly ready to open. The first picture is of the common white and the second is of Pink Cheeks which has a really delicate perfume, not as overpowering as the common white.
My daughter game me Pink Cheeks last year and these are the first flowers I've had (there are actually flowers on two branches but here I've just shown you the best). I love the way they change colour as they age and also the heat we've had in Perth seems to have frangipani flowers being darker than usual.
There is a Facebook page "Frangipani Friends of Perth" and some of the followers have dozens of plants and are forever seeking new varieties. It has become quite an epidemic and obviously many are addicted as they buy seeds and cuttings and on their posts I learn of how they propagate the plants etc. All very interesting. My plants are in pots as, at our age, one never knows for sure if a day will come when we may have to leave here. In pots I can take them with me whereas if they were in the ground there is a chance should this house be sold it could be demolished and the plants would be lost forever.
Apart from the above Phil has had a UTI which unsettled him for a few days. He already had an appointment with Dr Ken (a recall for his 6 monthly blood tests) which was fortunate as straight away he was given a script for antibiotics. These did the trick and he is now his old self again (no pun intended re age).
Apart from my birthday (seems so long ago) very little has happened to cause much merriment in our mundane daily lives so will so au revoir for now. Hopefully next week will have a nice photo of my yellow frangipani.
P.S. We are enjoying our second day this year well under 30ºC (86ºF). Yesterday was 24ºFC today is to be 25ºc and even tomorrow will still remain in the high 20s. More heat to follow next weekend unfortunately (I see they are forecasting 38ºC (100ºF) for Sunday. They keep promising us rain and we keep hoping they are right. Everything is just sooooooo dry.