This is the time when our Easterlies that bring us colder temperatures now stopped and all we get is the hot air coming from the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, that hot air is courtesy of the El Niño phenomenon, now looming in that area, bringing us even hotter temperatures, longer dry season and concomitant adversity in crops, animals and humans alike. Temperatures are now at 33-36°C with heat index at 39C, and we are just starting the dry season. I can't imagine what is still coming.
Some provinces have already declared calamity status because of the scorching heat, cracking paddies and completely dried rice and corn plants. There are some available calamity funds, but that will not be able to sufficiently feed the needy, produce water for the crops and complete the cycle of production and food. This is a bad picture for the future, and this scenario might just be the beginning of worse scenarios that might come.
the last hurrah for the chrysanthemums that flowered due to longer nights
last blooms also for the marigolds that have been blooming before Christmas
lantana might still linger around they are hardy to hot temperatures and dry season
this red salvia looks wonderfully lovely even with the heat
Dracaena surculosa flowers bloom at night that turn pink at dehiscence and eventually produce berry-like fruits
this hibiscus gets enough watering now inducing lovely blooms, it tolerates drier environments
not sure if this belongs to the justicia genus, but it surely produce attractive blooms and bracts
Bougainvillea is a plant that tolerates our long dry season and hot months. They always produce plenty of blooms during this periods. At the back is a big cycas plant and a tall Dracaena bicolor.
My small Cycas revoluta is already old but still remains a small plant. It responds favorably to slight watering and full sun.
an unknown weed that has lovely very small blue flowers, as small as 5mm petals.
weeds near our place are already drying
these are the already dried weeds en-masse
Hoyas are receiving special care, or more watering compared to other plants. Of course they are my special pets, bought also from different sources and already used a lot of resources. They have to respond favorably as well. But they also suffer much stress this season.