My purple Cleome finally bloomed some months ago, thanks to the generosity of Ms Nancy Chan who gifted me with another batch of seeds.
In my not-so-capable hands, only a few seedlings sprouted and due to attack by snails/slugs, I was left with only 3 plants. The earlier plant had completed its life cycle and I managed to harvest some seeds.
These Spider Flowers are so pretty and are a joy to behold.
But alas.....disaster struck. I noticed my flower buds wilting.
Oh dear! The blight that killed my Cleome plants more than 10 years ago is back to haunt me.
I was heartbroken.
Upon closer inspection, I detected a caterpillar had burrowed into the plant stem.
Have a closer look.
A few days later, this happened to the stems.
I still managed to harvest some seeds which I have scattered on the ground and in pots. I hope these survive. But I have to find out how to protect my plant from those destructive caterpillars.