Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lucky me

I know I am so lucky to be able to live and work amongst so much greenery and to see the kind of bird life and wildlife that I do see--that too in the middle of a town. I wonder what the world will be like in the time of my grandchildren and whether they will get chances like mine. Maybe this blog will remain in the ether for them to know what it was like!

Two pictures of beauty and interest around me:
These are pigeon orchids on a coconut tree, in my front yard. The original plant was got by my mother-in-law many years back. Later, my youngest brother-in-law and wife came to stay in my parents-in-law's home (by which time they had both passed away) and the orchid plant grew so much, my sister in law was giving away some of it. So now I have them on 2 trees and they have bloomed in profusion this time. They stay only for a day though. They are a lovely reminder of my mother-in-law, who was an avid gardener.

This is the nest of leaf cutter ants. Isn't the nest amazing? Almost like a tepee.


  1. I always think that's one of the nicest things about gardening is the little cuttings that grow and flower each year and remind you of the person who gave it to you. Pigeon Orchid, do they have a perfume? I know nothing about orchids, other than admiring their beauty.

    Goodness, how big is that ants nest, you're right it does look like a tepee. I hope it's quite high you wouldn't want to walk into something like that would you*!*

  2. I think this has a faint perfume. But since the flower lasts for only a day, it's difficult to make out.
    About the ant's nest---it's not really that big--about 8 " high. They're usually way up on the trees.

  3. It is wonderful that you were able to get a clipping of the pigeon orchid vine. Too bad the pretty flowers do not last much longer. Your mother-in-law would sure be pleased that it reminds you of her.

    We do not have the ant nest, but I have to watch for the caterpillar nests in my trees as when they hatch, if they are not removed they can kill the tree and they soon spread from tree to tree. Haven`t seen any the past few years.

  4. I know I have been to the same town, but your pictures & posts always show me a side I have never stopped to look for, it's amazing how you show me new things to look forward to in my visits there :)
    Thank you!

  5. Lovely flowers! Especially lovely to see as it's been raining four days now here.

  6. Lovely pics Sue - never seen an ants nest on a tree - amazing


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