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09 - Inspiration Lake
18 - Coffee Morning
28 - Workshop on Butterfly Orchids
15 - Drinks Evening (TBC)
21 - Annual General Meeting
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Flowers of the Month:
Salvia Quartet and Variegated Bougainvillea
Salvia Quarter - This is what I call my four salvias which grow and ‘perform’ very well throughout the year. They are especially attractive during winter.
Variegated Bougainvillea – from pure white to full pink. This type of bougainvillea is rather slow growing and delicate looking. However, when they bloom, they’re positively sassy, demanding attention. The variegation is both attractive and interesting visually. This specimen is not grafted so different colored flowers appear on the same branches.
(credits to Akira Kada)
Bird of the month:
Mrs Gould’s Sunbird. Aethopyga gouldiae (dabryii)
This is a relatively new bird to Hong Kong, first seen in February 1988 and a great favourite of birders, especially in the last 6 weeks when up to 4 individuals have been in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, attracting ranks of chattering cameras.
Currently these sunbirds are being seen in the Erythrina speciosa or Ivory Coral Tree in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve (TPKNR), Outdoor Study Centre, where they are feeding on nectar and tiny insects and spiders with their long, barbed tongues. This year has been exceptional with the TPKNR birds and some as well in the nearby Tai Po Kau Garden, along Shek Kong Catchwater and up at Leadmine Pass.
(credits to Karen and Ruy Barretto)
Tree of the Month:
Bombax ceiba (木棉, Cotton Tree, Kapok) is a naturalized tree in Hong Kong. Its bright red flowers appear in early spring, usually before the leaves come out. In a mild year, the blossom can coincide with Chinese New Year, as happened this year in some places. It gave its name to Cotton Tree Drive at Admiralty, which was originally named “Kapok Drive”. B. ceiba is the city flower of Guangzhou (Canton City). The fleshy flowers are valued for their medicinal properties and the fluffy seed coverings are used for stuffing cushions and even quilts.
(credits to Chiky Cheuk Yuet Wong)