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

Well, again not so much has changed. Every time I think the wet season has ended it rains again.  So we had a cool Christmas season. We’ve now had five days or so with no rain, and with quite a lot of sunshine.  The plants generally seem quite happy about this. But it’s happening again – three hours after I wrote the fourth sentence, dark clouds are gathering, and perhaps it will rain.  And indeed, it did rain on the 2nd and 3rd of January, as I update this.  And the evening of the 3rd was a big storm, with heavy rain and strong winds.  So, the wet and cool period is continuing so far this year.

passion rruit still growing

passion fruit still growing

passionfruit still flowering

passionfruit still flowering

squirrels are eating most of the fruit before I can pick them ripe

squirrels are eating most of the fruit before I can pick them ripe

squirrels are eating most of the fruit

squirrels are eating most of the fruit

So I covered the passion fruoit - but squirrels just bite through

So I covered the passion fruit – but squirrels just bite through.

Last year covering the passion fruit meant they were left alone by the squirrels, but this year they only worked for a few days, after which the squirrels just bit through them.  So I put some diluted turps on the envelope hoping the smell would keep them away.  That didn’t work, either.  Then I put some diluted Dettol on the envelopes. I will see what happens.  But with the rain it might not be so effective.

mock oranages are doing well as usual

mock oranges are doing well as usual

Canna Lilies keep on growing

Canna Lilies keep on growing

lime tree has new growth

lime tree has new growth

and limes growing too

and limes growing too

eggplant flowers

eggplant flowers

eggplant - just grew out of the compost soil

eggplant – just grew out of the compost soil

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lemongrass

we have these around the place

we have these ginger poker around the place

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a different lime tree

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ginger poker

grape vine

grape vine

aloe

aloe

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citrus

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hibiscus

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Bougainvillea

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sage is quite thirsty

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parsley doesn’t want much water

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rosemary also doesn;t want too much water

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they need watering every day

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duranta

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and some more ginger poker

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2 comments

  1. Hi again, it seems we are going to have average to wet season thru February….its a great relieve from the expected drought…

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