Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in September

A short update on what is happening in the garden this month:

There has been so much rain, for a start.  The biggest papaya tree previously would produce only one fruit at once, and the other flowers turned into tiny fruit that dropped off. Now at least three papayas are growing at once, one of which is already quite large.  Other papaya are either still growing or still at the stage of the tiny fruit just dropping off.

papaya

papaya is becoming more productive

roselle flower

Roselle flowers are growing very well

roselle flower

Roselle flower

Passion fruit love the rain.  There are many flowers, many bees, and subsequently about 30 green passion fruit growing

passion fruit flower

passion fruit flower

passion fruit flower

passion fruit flower

green passion fruit

green passion fruit

almost ripe passion fruit

almost ripe passion fruit

However, the passion fruit seedlings are not really growing.

tiny passion fruit plant

tiny passion fruit plant

After I pruned the pumpkin plants, expecting them to die off, some of them revived, and started growing again.  They are producing some tiny pumpkins – which won’t grow to maturity.

pumpkin vine

pumpkin vine regenerated

pumpkin flower

pumpkin flower

tiny pumpkin

tiny pumpkin

tiny pumpkin

tiny pumpkin – which looks like it will grow into a full size one

Otherwise, some pumpkin seeds have germinated and small plants are slowly growing.

tiny pumpkin plant

tiny pumpkin plant

tiny pumpkin plant

tiny pumpkin plant

Plumbago also likes the rain, and they are happy.

plumbago

plumbago

Despite the rain the Bougainvillea are still OK.

bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

We bought some hibiscus plants.

hibiscus

hibiscus

After the rain earlier the mock orange produced a lot of flowers, and now there are a lot of green seeds on the plants

mock orange seeds

mock orange seeds

and some ripening seeds

mock orange seeds - almost ripe

mock orange seeds – almost ripe

The mock orange seedlings are slowly growing. I recently repotted this one to a larger pot.

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mock orange seedling

The blue pea flower plants are dying down now – and there are a great many green and already dried seed pods on them.  I will just let them die down, and they will presumably just grow new plants in the same spot from all the seeds.

blue pea flower

blue pea flower

Another of the tomato plants died, leaving only this one, which is constantly attacked by mealy bugs, so isn’t very healthy.  The rain and then heat is perfect for mealy bugs.

tomato

tomato

And the Cana Lillies are just in the process of growing new stalks, so won’t flower again for a little while.

Meanwhile there is a baby chick living in a nest in one of my mock orange trees, being cared for by her mother.  It’s nice to watch the chick grow.  Birds come and eat some of the mock orange seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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