blue pea flower

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

 

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in May 2017

I have written 888 blogs so far. This is the 889th.

This month it has rained every second or third day, sometimes only a little, but sometimes heavily.

There appears to be some water works being done somewhere, and the water pressure at home has often been very poor, making it hard to water the garden when I have no rain water left.  So the best way has been to fill a big bin with water and come back five or ten minutes later when it has finally become full, and then use a ladle and or bucket to water.  This is actually a very quick way.

Our neighbour created a garden at the back, and we have filled it with plants.  This has been the main gardening activity this month. It’s so much easier for plants to survive in the ground, and much less work to maintain them.

grasshopper – only one, so I left him alone – he didn’t eat too much

grasshopper – only one, so I left him alone – he didn’t eat too much

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

part of the new back garden – just starting to fill it with plants

more plants

more plants – there are mock orange, mother-in-law tongues, aloe vera, Canna Lily, ginger poker, citrus (planted after photo) and a couple more plants I can’t name

I planted a tiny citrus plant – the next day it had totally disappeared.

I planted a tiny passion fruit plant – the next day it had totally disappeared.

papaya

We moved the grape vine to where it could grow more – and in a bigger pot

passion fruit are growing

growing new papaya trees

the lime tree has a lot of limes, now – it took a few years before it fruited well

duranta is happy so long as it has water

rosemary – not too much water – but it doesn;t want to be too dry either

mini egg plants – growing in a pot

aloe vera growing

aloe vera picked for juicing

rosemary

aloe vera growing

Bougainvillea has kept blooming through everything

ginger poker are so nice

this plant is easy to propagate, has shallow roots and survives easily with little maintenance

hibiscus

Canna lily keeps on blooming

limes

basil – have to water every day

papaya getting bigger

Plumbago seem to like semi-shade and water. They are very happy in their present position

A neighbour gave us some pandan. We’d been hoping to get some for a long time.

the egg plant plant – had to cut off the top half as something decimated its leaves

This citrus wasn’t happy upstairs, with yellow leaves, so I transplanted it into the back garden

papaya growing strongly – some have flower buds already

lemon grass was attacked by something – this was where the little passion fruit plant disappeared from

I put in a lot of blue pea flower seeds. Some have germinated now and have started growing.

Borapet plant?

something attacked this plant

I got a few cherry tomatoes from this plant, but it was riddled with mealy bugs and I had to pull it out, sadly

So it’s been a busy month, and what with rain and sunshine plants are generally growing well.

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in April 2017

“It’s been very dry and hot recently – fairly normal for this time of year.” This is what I wrote last year.

This year it’s been very hot – but with rain sometimes.

 

little eggplant and flowers

kobu lime

grape vine

back garden doing well

papaya and citrus and basil and lemongrass

tomato is just surviving and has little toomatoes growing, but passion fruit seems fine

Bougainvillea as usual

Roselle grown from seed

Bougainvillea as usual

Basil

Rosemary

mock orange

limes picked

lime tree; mock orange have grown bigger – so most pots are just on the floor now

papaya growing

passion fruit vines resting on mock orange

passion fruit growing

and flowers, too

plumbago

canna lily

pots left over now plants have grown

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

A short update on what is happening in the garden this month:

The rain continues, but perhaps is becoming less frequent.  It’s been a cool month, with less sunshine than usual.  So I waited until it was nominally sunny to take photos – a bit of a long wait. And so for yet another mont there is not much to report.

mini pumpkin

mini pumpkins are still growing – but not so many

passionfruit

passion fruit – about 50 on the vines, but they aren’t really ripening as there is almost no sun

limes

limes are still growing – after rain they often flower

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves – not much flowering this month

Cana lily doing well, as usual

Cana lily doing well, as usual.  I repotted from one pot to two quite a while ago, and at that time I had up to 14 stalks flowering or growing up at one time.  After repotting there were only about eight.  But now they are about 16 over both pots, so they have been developing well.

lime trees OK

lime trees OK – the passion fruit vines have become intertwined with the largest and so now I can;t move it until maybe February when the passion fruit will be resting and I can prune.

plumbago doesn;t seem all that happy with so much rain

plumbago doesn’t seem all that happy with so much rain

egg plant plant

egg plant plant appeared in the pot

ginger poker

ginger poker with the edible sprouty things

herbs

neem growing

tiny ginger poker growing happily

tiny ginger poker growing happily

aloe doing well

aloe doing well

and grape vine growing

and grape vine growing

four years I have bee trying to grow papaya on this waste land - and these ones just died - I am giving up, as no mattter what I do they don't survive here

four years I have been trying to grow papaya on this waste land – and these ones just died – I am giving up, as no matter what I do they don’t survive here. In those four years they have died from floods, from mealy bugs, from being hit by lorries…

ginger poker upstairs

ginger poker upstairs

herbs

herbs

duranta - birds and bees love it

duranta – birds and bees love it

Bougainvillea survive but don;t thrive with all the rain

Bougainvillea survive but don’t thrive with all the rain

rosemary

rosemary

rosemary

child of rosemary above

ginger poker - sprouts - eat as is, or put in salads - before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside - unless you want to eat ants.

ginger poker – sprouts – eat as is, or put in salads – before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside and will then come out – unless you want to eat ants.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

It’s been raining quite a lot again, almost every day.  Some days quite heavily.  Probably as a result we haven’t suffered from haze from Indonesia. Usually October is wet, so it could turn out to be a very rainy year.  And quite cool.  In the car the air-con is set to 27, and the heater often comes on instead, so I have to reduce the temperature.  At home the air-cons do very little.

Anyway, nothing much has changed at all.   And thus there’s nothing much to say. So this will be short.

grey and rainy

grey and rainy

 

grey and rainy weather

more grey and rainy weather – you can see the raindrops on the leaves

 

pumpkin

pumpkin vines grew, but didn’t produce any big pumpkins

 

after rain passion fruit often flowers

after rain passion fruit often flowers

 

baby passion fruit vines now bigger and growing

baby passion fruit vines now bigger and growing. They are starting to climb.

 

passion fruit

passion fruit

 

passionfuirt

passion fruit – probably 25 green ones on the vines – but so little sunshine that they don’t really ripen

 

 

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

It’s been raining quite a lot again, almost every day.

New pumpkin vines are growing more and more, and as it’s passion fruit growing season now, they are doing so.

In fact, there are over 15 passion fruit maturing on the vines, and I picked the first one the other day

first ripe passion fruit of the season

first ripe passion fruit of the season

"cold storage" passion fruit plant

“Cold Storage” passion fruit plant

many passion fruit are growing

many passion fruit are growing

torch ginger

torch ginger – you can eat the shoot coming out on the left – just pick and eat

torch ginger

torch ginger

rosemary

rosemary growing well from cutting

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parsley – not happy with sun, but a bit happier with lots of rain

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basil – growing well from cuttings

mock orange seeds are ripe

mock orange seeds are ripe – birds come to eat them

mock orange seeds are ripe

mock orange seeds are ripe

mini pumpkin

mini pumpkin

first full size pumpkins growing

first full size pumpkin growing

limes

limes are growing well

And that’s all that’s new this month.