The Gardens of Chiconia 39: Winter colour

By now, most of you know that here in Chiconia, our experience of winter isn’t quite as chilly as it is in temperate climes.

It’s downright warm and sunny, in fact. I walked around the back yard with my camera and discovered all sorts of signs that spring is on the way, whether it’s flowers or a bit of action on the part of the fruit trees.

Come and take a tour with me.  First the flowers…

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Little pink trumpets twining round the frog pool

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Pink silk pompoms

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These buds will become tiny yellow and brown spotted orchids

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It’s been a stunning year for the hibiscus

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Buds on the white phalaenopsis

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White silk pompoms

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First flowers from the petrea, lots more buds coming on

And now for the vegies and fruit trees…

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Blossom for next year’s mandarins

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Tomatoes enjoying mildew-free weather

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Giving the mulberry’s neighbours a haircut has obviously done the trick!

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The passionfruit, twining obediently along the fence. For now…

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That tiny round thing in the middle is a baby mango…

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Mango blossom, and green ants playing havoc with it.

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My dwarf avocado is flowering for the first time.

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Custard apple seedlings in the sun porch, waiting to move to larger quarters.

It’s starting to get lighter in the mornings and evenings, and the time will soon come when I won’t be able to work outside in the middle of the day. I have some post-winter tasks to take care of, like transplanting some things, tidying up edges and fallen palm fronds and leaves, weeding the patio paving and starting some seeds.

My most important jobs in the next couple of days are potting on my Angel Trumpet cuttings, which have ample roots and are outgrowing their accommodation, and cleaning and clearing Frogtopia, which is becoming a frowsy nest of dead leaves and bits from the palm and acacia above it. I have to clear the dead vegetation, take out all the rocks, empty the pond, clean it, flush and clean the pump and then put everything back and refill it, ready for the return of the froglets in spring. The huge elephant ear taro growing above the pond have died back a bit in the cooler, drier weather of winter, and I need to cut them back and clear out the dead stuff there too. It’s quite a big job, but it’ll look so much better when it’s done!

Thank you for visiting, do come again!


33 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 39: Winter colour

  1. Lovely to have a tour of some of the flowers and fruit. Fingers crossed that teeny-tiny mango will develop into a luscious fruit. Any news on the chooks yet?

    • katechiconi says:

      The teeny mangos will probably not survive; these are old trees and colonised by green ants. I have hopes of my dwarf mango, recently transplanted into the ground. We were looking at the existing Chookonia this afternoon and debating rebuilding it rather than starting from scratch – which would at least make it happen a bit sooner!

  2. ordinarygood says:

    Thank you for the lovely garden tour:-)

  3. I think you enjoyed compiling that post almost more than I enjoyed reading it? 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I took a lovely leisurely stroll with the camera and got some nice surprises – the mulberries, for example, and the petrea, which is only 6 months old! And I can’t wait for the orchids to flower…

  4. rutigt says:

    Thank you for the tour! Beautiful photos!

  5. I’m worn out just reading about all you have to do. But I loved seeing all your exotic plants. Thank you.

    • katechiconi says:

      I shall enlist the Husband for the heavy stuff, and for the really heavy stuff, we’ll give Handy Gary a call… I’m quite excited to see how much, if any, fruit we’ll get from all the flowers this year.

  6. EllaDee says:

    I love a walk around the garden, and The Gardens of Chiconia always yield pretty, interesting and delightfully different plus plans and possibilities. Wonderful seeing its progress through your camera eye. Any thing you grow to eat is great but avocado, passionfruit, mangoes and mulberries… are among my favourites.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’ll be the first year for the avocado, I’m not sure the passionfruit is mature enough yet, the birds will probably demolish the mulberries before I get a look in, and I’m hoping the green ants will leave a mango or two for us, but I live in hope! I agree, anything you grow yourself is wonderful, and tastes all the better if you had to fight for it!

  7. tialys says:

    Who needs ‘Gardeners’ World’?
    It always seems strange when your part of the world is having Spring while we’re about to move into Autumn shortly.
    We planted a mulberry a couple of years ago and, this year, it had a surprising amount of fruit on it for a teensy thing. We put them in smoothies mostly – noticing, at the same time, the havoc the juice plays with dyeing your skin and nails!! – but I wonder whether you have any other ideas for them.

  8. Lorij says:

    If you make a spray of soapy water and spray it on the ants it will kill them and not harm the blooming plants. Your garden is nice.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, green ants are very large and quite aggressive, building huge football-sized nests out of the tree’s leaves. They also mostly operate high up, and these mango trees are about 25 feet high, so spraying really isn’t practical. One of the downsides of living in the tropics :-(. Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind comment!

  9. Lorij says:

    If you want to get rid of them there are some natural insecticides that you can get too.

  10. Oh, what a lovely tour. You must get a lot of pleasure from your gardens. The hibiscus is just gorgeous!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a fabulous frilly one, isn’t it? The blossoms are the size of a teacup saucer, huge, and they’re almost luminous with the sun shining through them. I do love having a big backyard, but it does make for a lot of maintenance work, and the ever increasing arthritis makes kneeling to weed almost impossible. Well, that’s my story, anyway…!

      • I’ve never seen one quite so glamorous – and hibiscus are certainly a showy sort. Yours is a plausible story, it works for me, too. Our gardens are thankfully tiny, but still must get to that kneeling and reaching….must get after them soon though, before fall and then all that snow.

  11. Jen Gardener says:

    Everybody looks so happy in your garden!

  12. dayphoto says:

    Your live in the garden of Eden. Everything is so lush and wonderful there!


  13. pattisj says:

    I like winter there. 🙂

  14. your garden is looking great !

  15. thefolia says:

    How exciting that the dwarf avocado is bearing fruit…enjoy! Happy harvesting.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, the grasshoppers got to the tender blossoming shoots before they could set fruit and munched the lot, but I have hopes for next year. The tree seems undeterred; lots of new growth.

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