13/05/2015: Snow flurries in May?? It is snowing on Mount Dandenong, Kinglake, Toolangi, north-east of Melbourne and on top of Mount William, in the Grampians. Overnight temperature was around 6 deg. C and now it is 10.4 deg. with on-offrains and hails.

Snow near Toolangi

Snow near Toolangi

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Pear Tree in late Autumn

Pear Tree in late Autumn

Windy, wet and cold Autumn…………..Today will have a chance of hail and storm. Our pear trees are displaying brilliant autumn colours. Most of the leaves are still intact. Some of the Cymbidium orchids have developed some flower spikes, but my prediction is that quite a few of them will not flower this blooming season as most of the new bulbs are still too young. The biggest surprise is that the Beallara ‘Eurostar’ is suddenly having a spike (about a month ago was still none), while the Dancing Lady still has not shown any flower growth.  The Zygopetalum maculatum two flower spikes are getting bigger and bigger, still cannot get rid of the black spots. The spots make the plant look a bit ugly, but otherwise they don’t seem to affect the plant in general. Our new Psychopsis papilio flower has wilted away with a new spike growing next to it. Being sequential, it will continue to grow flowers on the same stem. The Zygocactus plants are in bloom. Pheeew….. the wind is getting harder blowing cold air from the south.

Beallara ‘Eurostar’:

Beallara 'Eurostar' Flower Spike

Beallara 'Eurostar'

Surprise flower spike – Beallara ‘Eurostar’

Zygopetalum maculatum:

Zygopetalum maculatum orchid - Flower buds are getting bigger

Zygopetalum maculatum orchid – Flower buds are getting bigger

Oncidium ‘Dancing Lady’:

Oncidium 'Dancing Lady' - growing very good but no signs of flowering this year.

Oncidium ‘Dancing Lady’ – growing very good but no signs of flowering this year.

Psychopsis papilio:

Psychopsis papilio new flower bud

Psychopsis papilio new flower bud

Cymbidiums:

Cymbidium Spikes

Cymbidium Spikes

Zygocactus:

Zygocactus mauve

Zygocactus red

Zygocactus 1