Sunday, January 13, 2013

Flowers, Fruits, and Insects

It was a bright, sunny day today with a nice breeze.  A good day to wash clothes and get them on the line to dry.  After getting the clothes hung, I decided to have a wander around and take some photos of various plants that had caught my eye over over the past few days.  One of the brightest spots was this big yellow flower on a sort of morning glory-looking vine.  I don't know what it is, it grows wild along the edge of the marsh.  
The insects seem to like the glands at the center of the flower.
While getting that shot, I noticed that the leaves were infected with a rust fungus.  The undersides of many of the leaves were covered in spore-bearing pustules.
The leaves seemed unaffected by the fungus.
 I had also noticed that the pricklypear cactus (Opuntia sp.) was flowering.  Numerous buds and spent flowers were obvious.
You can see the shadow of my clothes on the line.
Tomorrow, this tightly closed bud will open.
 
Wish I had gotten this shot yesterday; it looks a little wilted here at mid-day.
 
I was struck by the intense burgundy color of the new leaves on this mango tree.  
The variety is white mango.  It hasn't fruited yet, so I don't know how they taste.
 Behind the mango, at the edge of the marsh are these massive ferns.  They are over 7 feet tall!
 
What looks like burned tips is really the spore-bearing portion of the fronds that are covered in velvety spores.
 Summer before last, or maybe even longer ago than that, I planted a Moon Flower Vine at our house in Minnesota.  It grows wild here!  The white flower to the left is one that was wide open last night.  They open for only 1 night.  I want to plant some next to the cabana so I can see what pollinates them during the night.  There are 2 buds on the right side of the photo.  This too, is in the morning glory family.
 
We planted this tamarind tree about 6 years ago.  It got a rough start and was moved to several different spots before we found a place it likes.  It is beginning to bear pods in significant numbers.  These will fill out and when ripe contain large hard seeds covered in very tangy paste.  I love to eat them straight off the tree.
 
Last week this lime tree was covered in blossoms and now there are clusters of little fruits.
 
And some bigger fruits, too. This tree bears small numbers of limes throughout the entire year.
 
Another citrus tree we planted, a sweet orange, is putting on new growth and will flower soon.  The aphids on the new growth are being tended by ants.  We will wash these off with soapy water from our grey water system.  Otherwise, the trees won't bear many fruit.
 
I love to walk around and see what is growing, blooming, fruiting, etc.  Never a dull moment here in the tropics.
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  1. So much to see there Wilma.
    You certainly won't be short of subject matter.

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    1. You got that right, Keith. There is a lot to see just on our property, not to mention the rest of this little country.

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  2. Whoa!!! You did it! Many, many, congratulations on achieving the fulfilment of your dreams Wilma :-) I hope your new home will be all that you wish for. I am so envious of all that glorious sunshine! How lovely to have all that fruit to look forward to fresh from the trees.

    I have been reading your earlier posts and was very sorry to read of the passing of your Mother, a very difficult time for you I know.

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    1. We still are having a hard time believing it is real! Not that everything is perfect, but the challenges are new and exciting - for now!

      Thank you for your sympathy. I miss her every day and every day I am thankful that I am her daughter and have decades of memories. Bittersweet.

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  3. Its dull here Wilma, grey sky and snow on the ground.{:))
    You will soon be picking your own fruit.

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    1. At least the snow makes things bright! We have had some damp days with grey skies, but I will take that over snow any day...

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