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Dragon Fruit Update

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The broken stem with a budding fruit seems to survive. The stem is still green and firm, not sure if roots have started to grow, but the fruit seems to develop. It is much smaller and less rounder than it is supposed to be. Since about three days ago, the stunted fruit has started to change colour. Kind of yellow first and now it is getting more red. Is it getting ripe, or an early sign of wilting? I will not pick the fruit until it is really red.

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Miltonia Orchids

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Miltonia white purple spots April 2017

Year after year in autumn, the Miltonias are blooming. Four pots of mauve purple one and two of the white with purple spots. Six pots are all in bloom!

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Garden Gnomes Make Over

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After many years, the garden gnomes can lose their bright colours. They look faded and tired. It is the time to repaint them. If there are few of them, it can be fun for the whole family to get involved, but in my case I did it all by myself.

We have quite a few of gnomes over the years, and many of them were given to me as gifts. If you like gardening, family and friend will give you things for the garden 🙂 I used acrylic paints from a discount shop.

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Dragon Fruit Disaster

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Dragon fruit - broken off stem

Broken off stem

Just as we were all very happy to have a dragon fruit growing for the very first time, disaster happened. The stem with the baby fruit was broken off. How did it happen? Not very sure, it could be the possum climbed on it last night. We have few possums in the back yard. The plant itself actually is not very healthy with many parts rotted every winter time. Perhaps the stem joint was not strong enough and it snapped broken.

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Summery Start of Autumn

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lady beetle

This early start of Autumn is very warm with pleasant temperatures around 30 degrees C. Some plants enjoy the heat that they mostly lacked during summer time. The bird’s eye chilli is having second batch of blooms. Kaempferia galanga plant look healthy and green but still no flowers yet. While the lemon grass suddenly grows tall and bushy. The purple Tibouchina ‘Jules’ and the yellow and orange Kniphofia are flowering nicely. Meanwhile the other two new orchids are still in blooms, the easy to grow Miltonias are bearing flower buds. The hot temperatures are also good for the Dragon Fruit that is growing a fruit for the first time.

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Hand Pollinating Dragon Fruit

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It was a big surprise that our Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus sp.) has finally had one flower bud. The bud grew very fast and very large. Just before it opened last night, the swollen flower bud was around 40 cm long (including the stem). It was twice the size of the biggest Epiphyllum flowers that we have.

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Cattleya amethystoglossa

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cattleya-orchid

February 14 , 2017: Cattleya amethystoglossa (could be hybrid). Thick and rigid bifoliate leaves on a long cane-like pseudo bulb (up to 30 cm long). The waxy flowers are candy pink with spots and the lips are dark maroon. With all bifoliate Cattleya orchids, repotting and division are done only when the plants are active and growing  a new bulb with new roots have started to grow underneath it.

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