The Most Amazing Hoya!

I was given a Hoya Carnosa about 4 years ago and it did nothing for 2 years. I then moved it to an upstairs windowsill with sun in the afternoon…………….

Oh me oh my! I think it likes it here! It had one lot of flowers last year and this year it has 6! It is also called the Porcelain plant or the Wax plant.

It is the most amazing (as in the title) textured plant!

These are the flower buds-they look very much like plastic.
In this photo you can see the closed buds, some half opened and the fully opened flowers.
When they are fully open, they seem to produce a thick, sticky liquid which I presume is nectar of some sort.
And this is the flower from behind!

I find them fascinating and as I sit here I can tell you they also have a sweet perfume!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Costa Rican Reptiles

So we met some rather lovely reptiles including this handsome chap in Tortuguero……

We don’t have these in the undergrowth in the UK!
I just love the folds on his skin!

Then we met these two lizards, the first being the female and the second the male.

Then to finish, this casual chap and his higher shadow!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Costa Rican Flowers

On our recent holiday to Costa Rica, I was amazed at the vivid brightness of the flowers that were everywhere! But first, where did we see them? Here’s a map of Costa Rica and a cunningly placed arrow showing where I took the photos of these particular flowers! Tortuguero-which is on the Caribbean side of the country-is very hot and surprisingly wet for the dry season! I think they should rename their seasons ‘The Wet Season’ and ‘The Even Wetter Season”!

This is a passion flower native to Central America.
Small heliconia
Bamboo orchids grow everywhere and they grow to about 2 metres tall and have lots of flowers.
Achiote harbouring a small bug! This is sometimes used as a food colouring.
I don’t know what this is!

And to finish…….

I believe this plant is called Hooker’s Lips?? I wonder why!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Porcelain Flower

So we were given a plant by our elderly neighbour when we were moving away from the area. She said it didn’t need much care (luckily!) and would last forever. That was quite a few years ago and it has only been a leafy sort of plant….until……..we moved it upstairs and it produced the most amazing flowers….

Look!

The flies seemed to love the drippy sticky nectar!

That’s All!

See Ya! xx

Oh Brrr! It’s Cold!

It’s been a chilly time lately and so, of course, I have been taking icy photos.

But first, an non icy photo that I rather like of a poor baldy dandelion!

'I'm dreading the frost!" said Daniel when he realised he was as bald as a coot and the Autumn was turning rapidly into Winter.

‘I’m dreading the frost!” said Daniel when he realised he was as bald as a coot and the Autumn was turning rapidly into Winter.

And here’s another dandelion after a heavy frost…

Even though Dave still had some seeds attached to his head, which the frost was resting on, he was still chilled to the core!

Even though Dave still had some seeds attached to his head, which the frost was resting on, he was still chilled to the core!

The little toadstools in my garden also took quite a hit of frost!

Ever had ice cream headache when being a little greedy with cold puddings? I guess that's how Tina, Terry and Tessa Toadstool feel this morning!

Ever had ice cream headache when being a little greedy with cold puddings? I guess that’s how Tina, Terry and Tessa Toadstool feel this morning!

And some moss…

Matilda Moss thanked her lucky stars that her home faced the sun. At least by 12.30pm she would have thawed out!

Matilda Moss thanked her lucky stars that her home faced the sun. At least by 12.30pm she would have thawed out!

My last photo is a little daisy…..oooh…cold!!!

Daisy knew that it was futile to try to come out now, but she was determined to keep her head up at all costs!

Daisy knew that it was futile to try to come out now, but she was determined to keep her head up at all costs!

That’s All!

See ya xx