It’s been a while since greenery featured, so here’s an update.
The frangipani and its friends are getting bigger, lusher and bushing out nicely. Which is good, because they’ll feature strongly in the view of the Chiconia garden this Christmas, when the family descends. All of them. Or, let’s face it, all the local ones, since if we included remote Chiconis it would be well out of control.
Also doing well are the Ducasse banana and the passionfruit, which is doing a spot of neighbours’s-garden-invasion. Pam next door keeps pushing it back over the fence, but it likes her side. Something to do with how much sun, or a more humid microclimate? Who knows, but at any rate, most of its inordinate new growth is still on my side.
There’s a new hibiscus in there since my last garden post, pale green and white variegated leaves and a scarlet blossom. I’m looking forward to seeing that.
The desert garden’s getting nice and sprawly too. Things are big, happy, flowering, spreading and generally giving the impression they’ve settled down and have some confidence that food and water will be regularly supplied.
Out the back, the young fruit trees are doing well. The avocado hasn’t given me a day’s worry, but it’s also not growing much to the naked eye. Still, so long as it’s not dead. The lychee and especially the mango are tearing away, but it’s the time of year for pests to start increasing. I’ve had to drench them both to knock off loads of tiny white eggs on leaves and bark, and the lemon tree is infested with tiny green grasshoppers. Every so often I go and knock them all off, knowing they love the new young leaves and will be back as soon as my back is turned. The tree seems to be doing OK in spite of this. The lime tree has also had its young leaves infested with something. Time to go and get another white oil spray and smother the little devils. Anyone with any other helpful suggestions about dealing with grasshoppers, please speak up.
That’s it for now. I may have more later today, but it’s almost time to get ready for work.