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 Agricultural and Horticultural Calendar of Pyin Oo Lwin

April

(Tagu)

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The month of Thingyan (Water Festival), when a few showers may be expected heralding the monsoon a few weeks later.  A few strawberries still being sold, and the March annual and perennial flowers are looking strong and healthy, filling every available space.  Bottle brush trees, yesterday, today and tomorrow bushes, are heavily laden with their blossoms.  Cultivated orchids, as well as native orchids blooming well.  Locals consider this the best month of the year, and certainly, while the plains of central Myanmar become brown and dusty, Pyin Oo Lwin remains green and colourful.  This is the month when the sericulturalists (silk worm farmers) are at their busiest, feeding their larvae and making sure that they produce high quality cocoons.  Pyin Oo Lwin is the silk worm eggs production centre for the whole of Myanmar, as well as the crucial silk reeling centre.  Some  welcome showers are to be expected this month, but usually only enough to keep the grass green.  Warm days and nights, with a few clouds.

May

(Kason)

Annual flowers begin to droop if they have not been watered well, though tended gardens are still luxuriant.  Hardier flowering shrubs (hibiscus, gardenia) blooming.  Flamboyant trees, frangi-panni, royal trumpets in full bloom.  Native orchids and Oncidium orchids bloom in May.   Honey oranges (wonderfully juicy and full of taste) sold in markets and along the roads; excellent for long journeys.  Damsons begin to ripen - the most economically important fruit in Pyin Oo Lwin (for wine making).  Weather is quite warm in the day, but very pleasant for sitting out in the evening.  The dryness of this month keeps most insects at bay.  Towards the end of May the first drops of monsoon rain sometimes fall, enough to keep the dust down and clean the leaves on plants and trees.  Wonderful smells of ozone with the first few drops.  Flying ants (termites) make their maiden dances at this time - an astonishing sight.

June

(Nayon)

Mangoes, longan, damson, litchi fruit all come into season.  This is the main wine-making month.  Pyin Oo Lwin wine is exported throughout the country, with some (notably Anisakahn wine) exported overseas.  Jam and marmalade production in full swing.  Local varieties such as Nature's Own, Pop Pop, Top Top can be found in supermarkets from north to south.  Rain comes in spurts - two or three days at a time, then a few wonderfully clear days.  The odd storm (usually at night) serves to keep the temperature very comfortable.