20 August 2015

2015-08-20 cotton 2  R

Behold a cotton flower!  I didn’t know we had cotton growing here.  Austin says this is fine Egyptian cotton brought here in the early 1800’s.

2015-08-20 cotton 1  R

But since the bush is isolated from insects by being in the orchid house, it will never get pollinated or make cotton bolls.   Maybe someday transplanting this bush to the great out of doors will be on someone’s to do list.   (I don’t know if it is possible to transplant something that big, or if they’ll have to root cuttings and start from scratch or what.)

2015-08-20 new orchid  Cr

Also in the orchid house – a new orchid!  Droopy but pretty.

2015-08-13 farm tour 3  Cr out of season guava

FARM TOUR WITH JUNIA

All these months of guests and farm tours, I never once tagged along.  Junia was taking guests Robert and Narelle and I decided to see if Junia would point out stuff I didn’t already know.   It started with an off-season guava (above).   I did know guava, but not the season and would never have noticed just ONE guava hanging in the tree.  (I actually didn’t know we had a guava tree there above the house, either.)

2015-08-13 farm tour 1 R - jackfruit2015-08-13 farm tour 2  Cr jackfruit bud

Next – Jackfruits and baby jackfruits.    Which reminds me, a neighbor asked yesterday for some jackfruit – when it is this size or bigger and not yet sweet, it makes a wonderful curry.   We need to take down one and cut it into wedges to share around.

2015-08-13 farm tour 4  Cr  casurina tree

Further up the hill, Junia showed Robert an evergreen.   I think he said it was like a casurina, though it doesn’t look like the casurinas I remember from Guam.  Anyway – that is one more tree I’ve been seeing without noticing.  Good thing I went on the tour.

2015-08-13 farm tour 6  ornamental plant Vitex trifoliata

Heading down the hill, Ju stopped to show us this bush that looks to me like all the other bushy stuff that shows up uninvited.   Only recently did Junia notice this plant on the hill himself.  He says it is Vitex trifolia – and it can be a beautiful ornamental plant.  They used it a lot in the formal Baha’i gardens in Haifa when he was working there.   Vitex can also be made into a very nice bonsai.

2015-08-13 farm tour 5  Cr  cactus

Robert is a gardener – and this is where the guest started teaching the tour guide.   This is our pearl dragonfruit – kind of sad on the ground, and Junia didn’t know what to do with it.   Robert assured Junia that it would grow – but told him it does better with a trellis.   He sent us THIS PHOTO

Robert dragonfruit cactus

of HIS DRAGON FRUIT plant back in Australia.   Nice, eh?

pearl dragonfruit

He also sent us this photo of HIS PEARL DRAGON FRUIT.   What a magnificent colour!

2015-08-13 farm tour 7  R  roots on trees

Down in our dry streambed, Narelle pointed out the beautiful roots growing on the trees.

The tour continued, but I went left to do errands.

I will close with a few more photos Robert took of the tour and the farm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cocoa pods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ripe cocoa pods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cocoa fruit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Star fruit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Redneck chicken.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I do not have a clue!   I should have stayed on the tour!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And finally – the KITCHEN SINK with residents and the view.

*    *    *

Thanks to Robert for his generosity with the photos.

May everyone have a lovely week.

*    *    *

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “20 August 2015

  1. Today’s post is a bumper harvest. My neighbour in Bangalore had a jackfruit tree, and shared the ripe fruit with us, already segmented. Delicious.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Did the neighbor give you the fully mature – sweet – jackfruit? If yes, maybe it is a different variety. When ours gets sweet, it gets a little musky and only the birds want to eat it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s