The Gardens of Chiconia 47

All is dry and crispy in the Gardens of Chiconia…

Despite that, fruit trees are producing like there’s no tomorrow. Do they know something we don’t? Stress does that to fruit trees, and after one of the driest years on record, all over Queensland the mango trees are in magnificent bloom, dense and colourful. The flowers are a dusty pink, and it makes the trees really stand out. I have three in the garden, and for the first time, my youngest tree is flowering.

I have a Ducasse (sugar) banana tree in a tub. It started life as a sucker from the tree I planted in the old Gardens of Chiconia at our former home. It has grown until it’s well over 2 metres high, and now look!  That pointy pinkish thing in the middle is a flower bud. It means that one day in the not too distant future, there’ll be a whole hand of sugar bananas dangling down. There’s no chance we’ll be able to eat them all ourselves, so friends and relations will be benefiting too. After that, it’ll be all over for the tree, but as chance would have it, there’s a new sucker coming along beside it 🙂 Bananas today, bananas tomorrow…

Now all we need is a week of rain.

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