Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in October 2016

It’s been raining quite a lot again, almost every day.  Some days quite heavily.  There was only haze on the odd occasion when it didn’t rain, but the haze wasn’t bad.  Usually October is wet, so it could turn out to be a very rainy year.  And quite cool.

I was away for much of the month, but what seemed to mainly grow was passion fruit vines and citrus trees.

citrus trees have grown really well with all this rain

citrus trees have grown really well with all this rain

 

citrus trees have grown really well with all this rain

citrus trees have grown really well with all this rain

 

grape vine

grape vine

 

hibiscus and bougainvillea in the sun

hibiscus. ginger poker and bougainvillea in the sun

 

duranta is happy

duranta is happy

 

bougainvillea

bougainvillea

 

rosemary

rosemary – so useful in the kitchen

 

likes the rain

Basil likes the rain, too

 

Canna Lily flowering

Canna Lily flowering

 

 

mock orange love the rain too

Mock orange love the rain too. They have grown.

 

really ripen

mini pumpkins

 

little pumpkins

another mini-pumpkin

 

passion fruit grow with the rain, but with little sun don;t ripen much

passion fruit grow with the rain, but with little sun don’t ripen much

 

squirrels are getting almost half of the passion fruit before I can

Squirrels are getting almost half of the passion fruit before I can.  So from this week I have been picking the heavy fruit even if very green, and putting them in a sealed plastic bag out in the sun when it shines.  It does seem to be ripening them. I keep the plastic bag more or less in my sight so that squirrels don’t find a new and very easy source of passion fruit. There are mangoes on the trees in the street.  Birds and squirrels should stick to these, I think.

 

mock

plumbago is flowering on

 

mockie flower

mock orange flower – very fragrant.  After rain they flower a lot.

 

passion fruit flower

passion fruit flower

 

It was actually sunny on Saturday, so I could dry some leaves to crush for compost

It was actually sunny on Saturday, so I could dry some leaves to crush for compost

Being almost November I would expect the rain to ease off, and it to become sunnier and warmer again.  We’ll see.  It’s the peak of the passion fruit fruiting season and there are probably 30 fruit growing on the vines, and I have maybe 15 in plastic bags in the sun ripening.  The season usually continues until around Christmas.

 

 

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