Penang

Relating to Penang

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in June-July 2017

Over these two months it’s rained a lot and every day sometimes, and otherwise just once every few days.  Recently the latter.

at last a lemon is growing

so many little eggplants

lemongrass

another citrus and others

pandan

mother-in-law’s tongue

aloe vera

this mock orange first appeared in another pot, and now is happily growing bigger

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

this was the original ginger poker, which our neighbour kindly gave us. Now we have propagated it and have lots growing in all our gardens

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

another ginger poker

duranta

basil

rosemary

cultivating ginger poker

you can see the babies coming up

Canna Lily – always one blooming

plumbago

limes

a papaya

passion fruit growing

this citrus needs repotting as it’s grown big

leaves are drying before composting

a tiny mock orange that appeared in the garden

aloe vera

the back garden –  on the right a papaya has appeared

one of the cultivated ginger pokers – now it’s big

citrus

roselle plants grew quickly

hibiscus – the only surviving one at the back

Roselle

this papaya has really grown = mealy bugs are their enemies, and I have to clean them off sometimes

tiny papaya fruit on the way

the citrus support the papaya until the papaya grow bigger, and then the papaya support the citrus

a couple of citrus

passion fruit flower

 

Birdie breakfast buffet

A bit hard to see as I had to use my mobile phone to photograph.

the bird knows I am nearby

If we open the compost birds come to eat the fruit peels. Usually one stands guard while the other hops in and eats. And usually if one points any photographic device in their direction they immediately take off.

This bird was alone and kept watch for itself, but stayed even though I took a couple of very quick photos.

Amongst the compost are mango and papaya peels, which seem to be the favourite.

Gurney Wharf Project progress photos No. 13, 17th July, 2017

The Gurney Wharf project started at the end of February, 2016, which so far is manifested as putting a fence along Gurney Drive, and now dumping gravel. So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive.

I noticed that they are putting some new plants in along the fence – a different type to those already there.

current climbers

new plants

easy watering

When it hasn’t rained, unsurprisingly I have to water the plants.  Using the hose takes 10 minutes at least.

This is the quick and easy way.  Put a big bin in a place convenient to the plants, put the hose in and turn it on.  Water pressure is not great, so filling it takes a while – so I come back later when it’s full, and use a scoop to water the plants.  It only takes two or three minutes to water the whole garden.