White flowers on the brunfelsia shrubs appear in mass; torch and butterfly gingers; heliconias and costus; reed-stem epidendrums; terete vandas and mokara orchids.
And, this month's chores:
Weed with tenacity. Cut back fast-growing shrubs that have put on what seems to be an enormous amount of growth; thin old growth from the center of the bird of paradise to keep the flowers coming.
Control snails, which appear by the zillion in the rainy season. Use beer in a saucer sunk into the ground; copper screening around prized plants; snail bait (very sparingly and carefully if you have dogs), or put one-inch runners on bottoms of boards in the garden, and they'll collect on the underside.
Leaf spots are symptomatic of rainy season fungal diseases. Yellow spots grow large and turn brown. Cut away infected leaves and isolate plants so splashes from rain/irrigation don't bounce fungus spores to the next plant. Physan 27, Truban (for orchids) and Captan are fungicides. Daconil is for black spots on roses.
Steer clear of saddleback caterpillars on the undersides of clerodendrons, heliconias and even palm leaves. They sting.
Vegetables to plant: cassava, chayote, malanga, Southern peas, summer squash, sweet potatoes, yard long beans.