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Pomelo si Jeruk Gulung

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Cart made of pomelo skin

Mainan kereta dari kulit jeruk gulung

Dua tahun terakhir ini mulai banyak dijual pomelo di daerah Melbourne sini. Harganya juga jauh lebih murah dari sebelumnya. Sekarang sedang mulai musim buah jeruk besar ini. Di Green Grocer Asia (toko buah dan sayuran), buah ini yang kelihatannya hasil panen dari Australia, ditempatkan di kotak kayu besar. Buah jeruk pomelo ini lebih dikenal dan disukai oleh orang Asia.

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Garden Early Winter 2017

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Cold start of winter. Today was mainly overcast with few sunny breaks. The gardens are still reasonably fresh and colourful thanks to the enough rainfalls. Now  I can hear the coo-cooing sound of the turtle doves while some other garden birds are chattering softly.

Along the footpath: The pear tree is bare but the rest of the plants look fresh. Crassulas  and  the Thryptomene bush are all blooming. Hibiscuses are still flowering though the blossoms are smaller now.

Along the Footpath June 15 - 2017

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Autumn Colours

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Ash Tree - Flaxinus angustifolia Jells Park May 18-2017

The sudden drop of temperature in May brings fog and frost. Slowly the deciduous leaves turn into yellow, orange and auburn red. Warmer weather in the previous months has made the autumn colours come very late. Our pear trees are still green.

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Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’

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I have had Zygopetalum maculatum orchid for a few years and I love it. The blooms look unusual and have beautiful fragrance. Though the leaves are prone to black spotting,it does not effect the plant at all. To reduce the problem it is better to keep the foliage dry and give the plant good air circulation.

For some time I had tried to find another variety of this orchid, and the last time I spotted one in Collector’s Corner in Garden World. It was the only one available and I would not miss the chance to have it.

The tag says Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’. The plant still looks very young with a short spike of three flowers. The colour and shape are slightly different from the one that I’ve already had. Hopefully, later on in the future both the plant and the blooms will be taller and bigger.

Zygopetalum Hollandra 'Ever Springs' Tag

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Garden Late Autumn 2017

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This last month of autumn here in Melbourne, the temperature has surely dropped quite significantly. Heavy rainfalls have made the air wet and clammy. Many plants in the garden are still blooming nicely like for example the Hibiscus, but I will only take notes about two plants.

Chrysanthemum:

In Australia, Chrysanthemums are regarded as mother’s day flower. They bloom around the end of Autumn. Before, we used to have many mauve Chrysanthemum plants, but I dug them up when we painted the house and then replanted them. Since then, they did not grow very well. Not long after, some delivery men with a large truck that was parked on the drive way, had to trample the garden bed where the struggling plants grow. That was the end of most of them. I replace them with the double yellow ones and now they flower quite well. The remaining mauve ones that manage to survive only grow few blooms this year. While the old white one is also not doing very well.

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Yellow Cattleya

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Cattleya Blc Nakornchaisri Delight x Blc Haadyai Delight 05 - 2017

When I bought this Cattleya orchid yesterday, the single flower was still in bud, but it was obvious that it was going to be yellow. It was one of the cheapest that were sold in Collectors Corner.

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Succulent Plants – Fruits

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Other than the dragon fruit, few other succulent plants also have some fruits.

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