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 Agricultural and Horticultural Calendar of Pyin Oo Lwin

July

(Waso)

Now the monsoon is in full swing - rain sets in for two or three days, then windy and sunny days.  Grass growing time, preparing meadows for feeding animals during the dry season.  The Pyin-Ma tree still shows its flowers, and the royal trumpet flower shrub extends massive foot long flower bells in white, yellow and pink colour.  Morning glory vines are abundant, and passion fruit appears, especially in the grounds of the monasteries.  Cultivated flowers such as salvia, sunflower, celosia, dahlia, daisies grow strongly.  The last of the year's damson wine is being made.  This is also the important pineapple season, and oranges, limes and lemons are abundant.  The temperature eases off a little from the June maxima, but humidity hovers around 65-70.  Clouds give protection from the summer sun.

August

(Wagaung)

av humidity 75-80%

 

Some annual flowers continue to bloom, but this is the time for amateur gardeners to get rid of thick climbing weeds and thin out the densely growing flowers.  'Penang-padauk' trees continue to bloom with their distinctive yellow flowers.  Passion fruit, litchi, longan, all citrus, guava, and the picturesque yellow persimmon fruit abound.  The weather at this time of year reflects storm activity in the Bay of Bengal between Myanmar and India.  Occasionally the edge of a typhoon will sweep inland as far as Pyin Oo Lwin, bringing winds and a day or two of unbroken rain.  Garden wells reach their maximum depth in August.

September

(Tawthalin)

av humidity 80-85%

Often the wettest month, bringing the last of the monsoon rain, which must be stored for the next 6 months.  The small, celandine-like 'rain flowers' continue to push up through the grass along the edges of roads, in gardens, and anywhere they have a two week undisturbed period.  Their bright yellow or purple/mauve 6 petalled flowers can cover the ground overnight.  Now the succulent and majestic avocado can be harvested - boys up trees throw them down to women with blankets.  And still the oranges, passion fruit, mangoes and guavas continue to be picked, cleaned and sold.  Farmers become increasingly busy getting rid of luxuriant growth and preparing gardens and fields for the seed and seedling planting season.  Since most farming is organic, cow-dung is in huge demand and labourers become scarce.  Spectacular storms sweep in with wonderful photographic opportunities in the morning and evening light.