The Gardens of Chiconia 23: hidden treasures

Today I have been mooching around the garden again with my camera.

Yesterday it was birds and frogs. Today it’s the turn of the plants. Time for some pictures:

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.33.49 PM

An orchid, casually being fabulous on a palm tree….

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.34.07 PM

Mandarin blossom

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.34.19 PM

I have no idea what this is, with its weird lilac spidery flowers and orangey red globular fruits. Any ideas, anyone?

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.34.46 PM

White silk pompoms….

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.34.59 PM

Pink silk pompoms. That’s a bud on the left, which will shortly explode into something like the thing on the right!

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.35.13 PM

Mulberries ripening. I wonder if I’ll get to them before the birds…

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.35.27 PM

The mulberry tree, a little tottery but still willing

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.36.04 PM

The poinciana. It needs a lot of dead wood cut out of it.

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.36.43 PM

Chookonia. In need of a little renovation, but I don’t believe the Girls will be too fussed about how it looks.

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.37.01 PM

The free range area, left side

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.37.13 PM

The free range area, right side. It’s about a quarter acre.

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.37.32 PM

Froglet Heaven. There’s water in there somewhere…

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.37.52 PM

… and in case you thought I was exaggerating, those are green ant nests in just part of just one of the mango trees. Seriously, that one closest in the shot is the size of my head and the tree is swarming with the little buggers.

I haven’t managed to get a great deal done; there was a visit to the doctor, an x-ray and an ultrasound on my sore hip. Results tomorrow; it’s either the arthritis spreading, or bursitis. Both are painful, and I’m grateful for the tasty new drugs I’ve been prescribed. On the plus side of the balance sheet, I did laundry, put up a blind to keep the morning sun out of our eyes in bed, gave the huge gas oven a test run (full marks on the splendid roast chicken), and unpacked three boxes of baking equipment in readiness for my next GF order.

Time to go and deal with the vegetables, which won’t steam themselves – even in this climate!