It is a very nice day here in Melbourne, warm and sunny 22 deg. Celsius. Next month will be the beginning of Autumn and hopefully that the extremely hot temperature will not come back again.
Lately there are so many birds around our area. The usual visitors of our garden like the common black birds, spotted turtle doves, magpies, magpie larks, crows, noisy Indian miners and the quiet black and white willy wagtails are still around, but the rowdy rainbow lorikeets are coming in the last few days for a feast of pears. In the morning the very loud calls of common koels can be heard from near and far. The male and female koels sing one after the other with very loud and distinct sounds. One noise is kind of sharp kweck-kweck sound and then followed by mournful coo-cooing calls. I read somewhere that Common/Asian Koels are migratory birds that move back and forth from Australia and Indonesia (Southeast Asia). I never heard these birds before, only in the last few years that they seem to move further south. In Indonesia Common Koel name is burung Tuwu.
The garden in general still looks tired from the over 40 deg. heat waves recently, but quite a few of plants are either blooming or doing very well. The Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) has started to bloom though the leaves are still yellow. Both the pink and pale yellow Water Lilies are flowering nicely. The pink and white Angel Wing Begonias are also flowering white the Photos aureus (devil’s ivy) that I planted from cuttings have started to grow more leaves. The long lasting Epidendrum orchid (Crucifix orchid) is still blooming.
Our indoor Peace Lily is flowering much better this year. The leaves are green luscious and it is because this plant is greedy. You have to feed it and water it well to thrive. General liquid fertilizer and occasional concoction of seaweed tea are very good for it.
I am looking forward for the approaching cooler months of Autumn. It is when the Cymbidium orchids will start to grow flower spikes.