The Gardens of Chiconia 32: Autumn colour

I don’t have anything exciting to show or tell today, so I’ll let Nature speak for herself.


21 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 32: Autumn colour

  1. Don’t you have a lot of interesting bugs in your garden? And fruit, come to that. The names of all these are fascinating. Thank you for showing us.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d be a bit happier if the bugs were just a trifle less interesting. Stink bugs have the nasty habit of squirting evil-smelling fluid onto you which is very hard to remove from skin or clothing. Respectful distance is required! The Malabar spinach berries aren’t really that tasty, and they stain like billy-o, but they are decorative, and spring from really gorgeous tiny white star shaped flowers. This plant is one of my favourites, and the leaves are extremely tasty.

  2. Beautiful photos!! Pentas are so cute. Very nice to use as flower bracelets. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you for visiting the Gardens of Chiconia. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I love my brilliant pink pentas, I have it growing in a tall celadon-green pot and the contrast of colour is lovely.

      • They look like santan where there are a lot of here in Philippines. 🙂 maybe they’re in one family?

      • katechiconi says:

        I think Santan is related to Ixora, rather than Pentas, the flowers are orange, aren’t they? We have a lot of Ixora here too, but it’s a smaller, denser bush, Pentas is more open and spreading.

  3. EllaDee says:

    Aha, Pentas… I’ve wondered what they are called. Lovely. That green ants nest looks nasty, but everything else, maybe not the stink bugs… looks autumnal but tropical. The yellow hibiscus is gorgeous.

    • katechiconi says:

      Pentas are an elegant small shrub, with deeply grooved pointy leaves and slender stems. I grow mine in a tall sea green pot and it looks great! The hibiscus flowers are the size of my spread hand, astonishing!

  4. knettycraft says:

    Colours everywhere…. love it! And I love your surprising random picture gallery. … with loading the site again and again you got always a new colour im-/expression. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s one of the things I love about the function that lets you create a gallery. You can choose to have random order that’s different every time! Perhaps a huge close up of the bugs wouldn’t be so attractive, though….

  5. claire93 says:

    lots of beautiful colour and variety in your garden – it all looks so exotic to a European

    • katechiconi says:

      It still looks exotic to me, even after 11 years in this wonderful country. It’s a thrill every time I go out there. Plants which were small and struggling house plants in England are huge lush monsters here, and when I think of the price I used to pay for a single lime, and now I have a tree full of them! Of course, I will be totally in heaven when the mango and avocado start to fruit….

  6. tialys says:

    I like the bronze orange bug. It would go well next to those shiny metallic bronzey green ones we get here that I always fancy wearing as a brooch.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, I had you in mind when I took them, wondering how your spring was shaping up as we slowly descend into more moderate winter temperatures…

  7. Magpie Sue says:

    Yikes! Is that green ants’ nest as big as it looks?! Guess there’s always a price to pay for the loveliness around us.

    • katechiconi says:

      The leaves in the nest are about 2.5″ long, if that gives you an idea of scale, and that isn’t even a particularly large one, just easy to reach! And yesterday I hosed a baby snake off the patio. There is indeed a price, but I’d say it was well worth it!

  8. pattisj says:

    I’ve never heard of green ants before–except when you mentioned your hubby being bitten by them. Ewww! Everything else is lovely! Even the lacy leaf someone left for you. I assume something has been nibbling it?

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