The four month cool and wet spell lasted into January, and then at last it warmed up as we approached Chinese New Year. Thereafter it was hot and rained only occasionally of an evening. I have to water the plants almost every day now.
Greeney the Grasshopper was with us for about two months. She lived a quiet life in our garden, and being only one of her, didn’t eat too much and cause a problem for our plants. When watering the plants, first I had to find her so that I didn’t drench her with water – or at least surprise her, as she was really quick – she leapt out of the way before the water reached her. When it rained or stormed she moved under cover, nearby. She lived in a radius of about six feet, and moved around onto different plants.
Then, three days ago, she disappeared. Very sad. She was only fast when she had to hop – and I tried not to cause her problems. She had generally moved very slowly – it looked like she was old. Apparently their lifespan is about one year.
But then it turns out she was a mother! This morning we saw lots of little hoppers on one hibiscus plant that Greeney had spent a lot of time on. They are really cute. However, if more than two or three grow up and stay it’ll be a problem for our plants, so we’ll see what happens. At the moment there seem to be around 20 of them.
Well, it rained most days during November and the last week of December, with it also being cool. For the last few days there has only been a very, very light sprinkle of rain on a couple of occasions, and it has remained cool.
Uploading and the web page are not working well today, so here are what I could manage…
Greeny has been in residence for over a week now. He only commutes about six inches in each direction, eating either the hibiscus he’s munching now, or the plant in the background.
Crepe Ginger grows really well here, in pots and in the ground, and produces sprouts you can eat. If you cut off the head and take cuttings you can easily cultivate it.
Well, it rained most days during September and the first half of October, with floods sometimes in parts of Penang. And then it stopped raining – except for once a week or so. Thus today, Sunday is the first sunny Sunday for a while.
Another quiet couple of months, then.