And to nicely end a cool and rainy year it’s – guess what – raining now. We had actually had three whole days without rain, and I had to use town water on the plants this morning as I was enjoying the sunshine. Then the sky became darker – and it rained! Quite a lot, in fact.
And an hour later it was back to beautiful sunshine.
That weather and the water caused the Canna lilies to explode in size since the morning. A couple of months ago I cut back all the stems and took the bulbs from one big pot and put half back and half in another big pot. There were 15 stems growing before repotting, and gradually over this time the number coming up has become 12 – three in one pot – and these three are quite big, and nine in the other pot – some large and some still tiny. Which is encouraging. I am hoping I will get back to 15 at some stage. One pot became immediately waterlogged and I had to cover it before rain, uncover it when sunny and dry it out for a couple of weeks, then give it minimal water for a while. Meanwhile I kept on adding organic matter – compost and crushed dried leaves – to improve the soil. After three weeks I could leave it out in the elements and water it every day. Canna lilies seem to like water, so long as it’s sunny. Here are some photos of them and the other plants today.
It should be the end of the passion fruit season. Only a couple of fruit are now growing. Last year it kept on raining during what is supposed to be the dry season, and passion fruit responded by having a second growing season, and I got fruit a second time.
The usual time for mock oranges to grow from seed is around Christmas time. But when it rains a lot, as it did last year, they didn’t germinate. With all the rain this year again they may not germinate, although I did put some seeds in the soil.
Passion fruit like legumes as companion plants, so even if the bean plants produce nothing they nitrogenise the soil. But I will remove them before they totally take over if they produce nothing.