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.

Crucifix Orchid – Epidendrum ibaguense:

Though Crucifix orchid is said to flower around Easter time, but it can flower all year around. The fact that it is sequential, the tip of the flower stems will continue to grow new flower buds. Ours have continued to flower from the same stems since last year or earlier. The long stems are tangling and trailing and some seed pods hang heavily from the thin stems.

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