Six on Saturday – Good, Bad and Ugly

There is more good in the garden than bad or ugly. But there is always some bitter with the sweet, it seems. I will start with the good. With at least 20 inches of rain in June – and more on the way, I am seeing a lot of new growth and weeds! Here is the new growth on my husband’s Glenn Mango. Planted last year in honor of his father, Glenn. New growth on Mangoes is usually bronze, this is different and a pretty red.


More new growth and a summer favorite, this is the bud of a Lobsterclaw Heliconia (Heliconia rostrata).


A freshly picked Pickering Mango.


Passionfruit ripening on the vine. This plant was misidentified when I bought it..should be an interesting taste test when ripe.


Now, the bad. Papayas dropping off the tree due to Papaya Fruitflies, sometimes called Papaya Wasps as they are as big as wasps – they lay their eggs inside the fruit and the larvae hatch inside and eat the Papaya. It is important to get rid of these when they fall as the larvae mature in the ground and eat more Papayas. I seem to get one round of these in the summer. I think the lizard knows what is in there.


The ugly, Papaya Fruitfly larvae escaping, I got this one just in time. Yuck.


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12 comments on “Six on Saturday – Good, Bad and Ugly

  1. March Picker says:

    Ugh, that larva, but your beautiful mango makes up for it!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, that IS ugly! I hate having to dispatch the ‘bad’ guys, mine are usually beetle larva and slugs. That red-leaved mango reminds me of Pieris, which has new red foliage, too. And the Heliconia – PURE LOVE!

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  3. Such wonderful fruits and flowers and lizards! Trying to banish the sight of the larvae emerging from my mind, I haven’t had breakfast yet!!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Is the passion fruit from Passion Flowers? How is it eaten? I see large pods/fruits on the wild Maypops, but I have no idea if they are eatable.

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    • Yes, there are a lot of different kinds of Passionflowers that make fruit. I think it is all edible but some tastes better than others. I do not know what I have, though it looks promising.


  5. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, yes, that is ugly.
    I think that the heliconia that my collegue grows in his front garden down south is what is known as lobster claw heliconia. It looks just like yours as it begins to bloom.

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