Things are going pretty well in the garden here at Chez Bishop. The little orange tree that I hard pruned is going great, the mussaendas like their new spot, the allamandas are growing like crazy (one is about 8 feet tall now, despite being in a tiny pot), and the solandra is flourishing — I’ve got it heavily staked and it seems to have remembered that it’s a giant vine — and I think I can officially say that the rose is a climber. The clerodendrum hasn’t flowered again yet, but it’s otherwise doing well in the shade.
Two of the hibiscus — the maple leaf and a sunny yellow one — had aphids, and after organic measures failed, I capitulated and bought some chemical pesticide, which did the trick. The only plants that aren’t doing too well are, sadly, the daturas. They’re flowering all right, but they’re a mecca for scale insects, and their leaves are consistently yellowed, not to mention covered in those wiggly insect trails. If I can’t figure out how to treat them so that their foliage stays healthy I am going to get rid of them, as even such beautiful flowers don’t make up for grotty-looking plants.
The Mealy Bug Tree still has mealy bug, but not such a terrible infestation, and it’s getting a lot of new growth and putting out fruit, so I guess it must be basically ok. The perfume flower tree has a lot of blooms, and it smells wonderful. It seems to like plenty of water and a decent amount of fertiliser. I would love to have a garden with one (or more!) of these trees growing in the ground to full size.