The Gardens of Chiconia 52: Another kind of snow

There has been great excitement on the news.

Snow in Queensland! Down in the Granite Belt they’ve had snow on the high ground, in Stanthorpe. In case you were thinking I might be feeling the cold, let me reassure you that it’s nearly 1,200km /750 miles away and well below the Tropic of Capricorn. The nearest we’ve come to snow is this:

It’s called, variously, Snow on the Mountain, Snows of Kilimanjaro, Snowflake and various other chilly names. It flowers in early winter in warm climates, is deliciously honey scented and is better known as Euphorbia leucocephala. Pretty, but poisonous, and the sap is a strong irritant. Showing you our tropical ‘snow’ made me realise that there were plenty of other winter-flowering plants in the Gardens of Chiconia. They all seem to be on the hotter end of the colour spectrum; Nature thumbing her nose at the idea of winter, maybe.

In case you were wondering, I haven’t retouched any of these photos in any way. What you see is how bright they really are.

We’re off tomorrow morning bright and early, heading north to Cairns and the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. 25°C/77°F during the day, 21°C/70°F at night. Showers are only forecast for a couple of days… So, well, Miz Lizzie the caravan is stocked with sewing, movies, food, drink, cosy quilts, brand new cushy mattresses for our bunks and clothes for all eventualities of weather. I am determined to enjoy myself, and I hope the usual suspects are bracing themselves, as we plan to hit the chocolate, coffee, cheese, clotted cream, exotic fruit, curry, fish & chips, ice cream and pie outlets hard 🙂

As always, I will post Miz Lizzie Adventures as they occur. Tomorrow night we will be in Townsville, the next night in Cardwell (home of the epic mud crab sandwich), and the next night in Cairns. Although we could make Cairns in one day at a push, we’re not rushing things. This is a holiday, and it’s also Miz Lizzie’s shakedown trip after her recent restorative surgery. She’s looking good, and I’m confident all will be well.

So, I’ll see y’all soon.

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55 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 52: Another kind of snow

  1. Have a great trip. Let me know when you’re back and we’ll have a natter

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Your winter looks very much like my late Spring! Have a wonderful and much deserved holiday.

  3. Happy holiday! No snow here (yet) either 🙂

  4. Happy happy holidays both of you … have a super dooper time and think of us while you gormandise 😋
    Post pics so we can see the travels and don’t forget the food pics 😍

  5. Emmely says:

    Enjoy your trip!

  6. tialys says:

    Have a wonderful trip – look forward to seeing all the usual suspects recorded for posterity. x

  7. Lynda says:

    What lovely gardens you’ve acquired with your new home! Loving those wonderful warming colors and I can’t wait to see what other surprises you find in the gardens as the seasons change.

    Have a great time!

  8. Beautiful bright exotic (to us) blooms. Have a wonderful trip – you are giving me itchy feet!

    • katechiconi says:

      I can’t wait to find out what summer brings… I’m hoping to capture some good photos on this trip; winter can be a great time up north, cooler and clearer.

  9. mlmcspadden says:

    Have fun on your adventures! And enjoy the shops.

  10. Off you go with Miz Lizzie! Have fun. The treats you listed made my mouth water. Not that it’s a hard thing to do. 😉

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Have a great time. This is a much needed break for you after renovating and moving. I hope you come back refreshed and ready to attack the next thing on your list, whatever that may be!

  12. Have a wonderful time away ~ enjoy! Gorgeous blooms 🙂

  13. Elaine says:

    Beautiful flowers! Have a great holiday and Enjoy!

  14. Dayphoto says:

    Oh! Wonderful! Have ever so much fun!

  15. Mix Lizzie sounds wonderful – a real home from home. Have a lovely trip.

  16. Love the snow ! 🙂 That’s my favorite kind. The rest of your plants will warm the heart. Just beautiful. A nice fun trip after all the work you have put in on your home should be good for the soul. Coming back puts things in perspective. Have a wonderful trip. I’ll be thinking of you.

  17. anne54 says:

    I loved seeing your new garden too. So much colour, so right for you! Enjoy your trip, love to John. xxx

  18. Nanette says:

    Have fun! When are you back?

    • katechiconi says:

      Back home on the 18th is the plan. Which gives plenty of time to enjoy ourselves.

      • Nanette says:

        That’s a good long break. I’m away down south….brrr……for a few days next week, was thinking I’d get your blocks away before I go, on the 12th, but might be better if I post them when I get back on 18th….you’ll be home then when they arrive…..or does it not matter?

      • katechiconi says:

        It doesn’t matter too much, as our neighbours will bring in our mail each day. We’re lucky to have a lovely couple in their 80s next door who are incredibly kind and helpful, so your blocks should be quite safe.

      • Nanette says:

        Ok good to know. Lovely you have such special neighbours.

  19. Wishing you fun adventures and lots of pies 🙂

  20. May your adventures be bright and cheery as those blooms.

    • katechiconi says:

      So far, it hasn’t been overpoweringly bright, due to the very welcome rain clouds, but there’s a fair bit of cheerfulness and the new bunk mattresses made for a great night’s sleep 🙂

  21. Joanne S says:

    Happy holiday!

  22. rutigt says:

    Beautiful flowers!!!

  23. How wonderful that your wonderful house came with such a beautiful garden ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, we’ve really lucked out with this house. We are seriously considering chooks, too, maybe three ‘Lorps or Isa Browns in a tractor that gets moved every day, and put away for the night in a house we will convert from the current ‘potting shed’ (a very generous name for it!). No foxes, no stray dogs… should be OK if the neighbours are willing.

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