Sunday, August 2, 2015

Up on the Poui tree

Scaly-breasted Munia

Olive-backed Sunbird
 The Poui tree (Tabebuia rosea) is starting to flower, though not profusely.  It has started to attract many birds to come for various reasons.  The Scaly-breasted Munia which has been absent on the scene for quite a while sprang a surprise.  They were a small company  and seemed happy with the presence of tiny insects and ants on the branches and leaves of the Poui tree.  The male Olive-Backed Sunbird was busy piercing the tubular base of the Poui flower to get direct access to the nectar.  A third bird came along and joined the list of common birds seen at the garden today.  It was the Asian or Philippines Glossy Starling so easily recognizable for its red eyes and glossy black body.
Asian or Philippines Glossy Starling

Left to right - Mango tree,Eugenia oleina, Poui tree

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Have a surprise in the garden

A hibiscus flower that was a surprise today

Ever-flowering species
 Let the garden spring a surprise.  Try the hibiscus.  There are many varieties of the hibiscus.  The best ones to plant are those that are ever flowering.  Day in and day out of the year they continuously  flower despite the rains and shine, wind or clouds.  They colour the garden.  Some varieties however flower occasionally.  Hibiscus are a tropical beauty.  Now many hybrids are available but these may give out more problems than prospect.  Hybrids are generally weak against diseases and costly to maintain.  For a Kambatik garden it is a must list, if you will.
Side garden with trees.