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.
Passion fruit love the rain. There are many flowers, many bees, and subsequently about 30 green passion fruit growing
However, the passion fruit seedlings are not really growing.
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.
Otherwise, some pumpkin seeds have germinated and small plants are slowly growing.
Plumbago also likes the rain, and they are happy.
Despite the rain the Bougainvillea are still OK.
We bought some hibiscus plants.
After the rain earlier the mock orange produced a lot of flowers, and now there are a lot of green seeds on the plants
and some ripening seeds
The mock orange seedlings are slowly growing. I recently repotted this one to a larger pot.
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.
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.
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.