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Flower of the Month: Antigonon leptopus
Common names for this perennial native of Mexico include Mexican creeper, chain of love, Honolulu creeper and coral vine. It is invasive in some parts of the world, including my garden. But I love its long-lasting curtains of colour and I don’t have the heart to cut it back as I should.
With its heart-shaped leaves, large clusters of flowers that range from bright through pale pink to white, this is a favourite with flower arrangers (and bees who love it as a source of nectar and pollen). All parts of the plant are said to be edible. Roots and tubers have medicinal uses from making poultices and treating wounds, asthma, and spleen disorders in countries as far apart as the Philippines, the Caribbean and Nigeria. It is easily (perhaps too easily) propagated from seed or tubers. Be sure you really want it as once you have it in your garden it will be with you for a long time.
Tree of the Month: Peltophorum pterocarpus or Peltophorum tonkinensa
The leaves of P.pterocarpus are darker green and the silhouette of the tree is narrower, but both species are similar and it can be hard to distinguish between them from the windows of a bus! I am happy to leave botanists to sort out the names while I enjoy the brassy yellow flowers that are starting to make splendid and long-lasting splashes of colour along the section of Pokfulam Road between Queen Mary Hospital and the University of Hong Kong.
Peltophorum thrives in a tropical environment where it can reach a height of 25-50 metres. It will be interesting to see how the Pokfulam trees mature. In their original habitats, they are traditionally valued for their various medicinal properties and as roadside shade trees. Their symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria enables the roots to fix atmospheric nitrogen, some of which is utilized by the growing tree, but some can be shared with nearby trees.
Bird of the month: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrow is "Hong Kong's "favourite bird". In addition to its lovely appearance, this bird can be found almost everywhere in Hong Kong. Some people felt they had grown up with the sparrows; some admired their energy and ability to survive in any environment - reflecting the character of people of Hong Kong! Last but not least, the name of the bird has a similar pronunciation to the popular local game "mahjong", thus raising the awareness of Tree Sparrow amongst a very unusual audience!