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Garden Watch - February scorchers and storms 2018

February 25, 2018

February has been incredibly warm. Hot, scorching, sizzling.

 

The Persian shield plant has taken a hit. In the constant heat and lack of water, it drooped, then wilted, then burned black on its stalk.

 

          The rains eventually came, usually in short storms after a day of stifling heat.

 

          The Lady Doorly morning glories have started to pop out in triplets, quadruplet and quintuplets, to the delight of blue face honey eaters.

 

          Irises are starting to bud high off the ground and the roses are getting ready to bloom.

 

          Seroja still finds red tomatoes to pick and munch on everytime we go to the garden.

 

          In the middle of a patch cleared by dried up petunias in the back garden, a solitary white flower has opened from new plant of dark green leaves. It had self-seeded from the taller bush a few yards away, under the poinciana tree.

 

          Speaking of the poinciana tree, its branches droop down low as it does every summer. The first of its flowers have opened up at face level, which is a lovely introduction.

 

 

          We missed a dragon fruit miracle this month, which is rather sad, but I'm consoled by the fact that we were fortunate to have witnessed it in its full glory last year and it looks like we might get a second chance soon.

 

          We had been tracking the progress of this amazing tree, as it produced a bud out of the end of its long arms, which then started to elongate over a number of weeks.

 

          When you least suspect it, and always at night, a stunning white flower will open up to the call of the moon. We found it the following day, where it had already begun to wilt. In the next days the flower fell off but the fruit continues to grow and when its red and ripe, we'll have dragon fruit for dessert.

 

 

           The herb garden has been happy to comply and we made many lovely dishes with ingredients from the garden.

 

          Critters galore!

 

          The grasshoppers (one here seen hiding) and katydids have been munching leaves through many times their body weight. And suspended from the skinny branch of the chilli tree is a nest of Rhopalidia paper wasps!

 

 

          Sasha's orchids have started to bloom and they are absolute stunners. The ones with more of a hooded face have a strange mechanism whereby they shoot out a soft little spike (is it a seed?) if their face is stroked. I don't know whether it's for purposes of self-defense, or pollination, or both.

 

 

          So much has happened in our little garden that I can hardly catch my breath! Looking forward to updating you on the next garden watch :) thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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