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The St Helena Flower Show Runs All Year

Flowers of St Helena. 'Cactus' or 'tungi' - opuntia elatior Photographed in January 2016 on Bunkers Hill, near Alarm Forest.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Cactus’ or ‘tungi‘ – opuntia elatior
Photographed in January 2016 on Bunkers Hill, near Alarm Forest.

12 BLOOMING MARVELLOUS PICTURES | Darrin Henry

Temperatures are dropping, long sleeve fleeces are everywhere and the wind is trying to take the roof off – it’s August on St Helena, need I say more? Tropical winter is here and it’s not much fun.

Flowers Month By Month On St Helena

We know what to expect with the weather at this time of year, but one thing I hadn’t realised until we started shooting our first Project 366 this year, is that flowers on St Helena, although seasonal, are still producing colourful blooms every month of the year. The different species take it in turns to ‘present,’ however, there’s always more than one natural beauty to admire even throughout our grey and cold months.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Sunflower' - helianthus Photographed in Castle Gardens, Jamestown, in February 2016.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Sunflower’ – helianthus
Photographed in Castle Gardens, Jamestown, in February 2016.

We’ve chosen 12 pictures of flowers that bloom on St Helena, each one taken in a different month of the year.

Whether you know your perennials from your biennials or you confuse your azaleas with your pop stars, hopefully we can all agree that flowers of all kinds will brighten even the dreariest day.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Brazilian vase plant' - billbergia pyramidalis Photographed in March 2016 at Napoleon's Tomb.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Brazilian vase plant’ – billbergia pyramidalis
Photographed in March 2016 at Napoleon’s Tomb.

Flowers of St Helena. The 'Cape leadwort' - Plumbago auriculata Photographed in April 2016, growing in Alarm Forest as part of a wild hedge.

Flowers of St Helena.
The ‘Cape leadwort’ – Plumbago auriculata
Photographed in April 2016, growing in Alarm Forest as part of a wild hedge.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Everlasting' - xerochrysum bracteatum Photographed in Alarm Forest in May 2016, this flower seems to be ready for the camera all year round.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Everlasting’ – xerochrysum bracteatum
Photographed in Alarm Forest in May 2016, this flower seems to be ready for the camera all year round.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Red hot pokers' or 'torch lilies' - Kniphofia Photographed in the gardens of Longwood House, June 2016.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Red hot pokers’ or ‘torch lilies’ – Kniphofia
Photographed in the gardens of Longwood House, June 2016.

Flowers of St Helena. The 'Caffra thorn' or thorn tree flower - Erythrina caffra Photographed in July 2016, flowering in great numbers at White Gate and leading down into Knollcombes.

Flowers of St Helena.
The ‘Caffra thorn’ or thorn tree flower – Erythrina caffra
Photographed in July 2016, flowering in great numbers at White Gate and leading down into Knollcombes.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Arum lilies' - zantedeschia aethiopica Photographed below the summit of High Peak in August 2005.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Arum lilies’ – zantedeschia aethiopica
Photographed below the summit of High Peak in August 2005.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Ladies' etticoats' - brugmansia suaveolens Photographed in September 2015, deep in the lush heart of Sandy Bay district.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Ladies’ petticoats’ – brugmansia suaveolens
Photographed in September 2015, deep in the lush heart of Sandy Bay district.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Tickseed' or 'Lance-leaved Coreopsis' - Coreopsis lanceolata Photographed at Sommerville shop, Sea View, October 2014.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Tickseed’ or ‘Lance-leaved Coreopsis’ – Coreopsis lanceolata
Photographed at Sommerville shop, Sea View, October 2014.

Flowers of St Helena. 'Lobelia' - trimeris scaevolifolia Photographed this pretty little endemic flower to St Helena in November 2014, near the top of Diana's Peak.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘Lobelia’ – trimeris scaevolifolia
Photographed this pretty little endemic flower to St Helena in November 2014, near the top of Diana’s Peak.

Flowers of St Helena. 'St John’s Lilies' also 'Easter lilies' and 'trumpet lilies' - Lilium longiflorum Photographed in the gardens of Plantation House, December 2015.

Flowers of St Helena.
‘St John’s Lilies’ also ‘Easter lilies’ and ‘trumpet lilies’ – Lilium longiflorum
Photographed in the gardens of Plantation House, December 2015.

A special acknowledgment at this point to the book, ‘Flowering Plants & Ferns of St Helena’ by Phil Lambdon, which was invaluable in sourcing the names of most of these flowers.

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