Pinky blue

Holy smokes! Not sure if this actually deserves and entire blog post dedicated to it, but look at the colours of these berries and flowers. I do like a little turquoise on pink action. I have no idea what this plant is. It’s a little tree in a pot, about four feet high, which had very little foliage in the summer but always looked like it was meant to do more. Now in the Autumn it’s fulfilling its potential and is being a big time attention seeker. Any ideas what it is?

1) Quinces. I’m about to pick a tree full and then look at them and wonder what on earth I should do next. I think poaching them might be the plan. My favourite quince treat ever is Paterson’s cakes Quince and Ricotta Tart. Right there is reason enough to move back to Melbourne. But as I am on the other side of the planet, stuck here (quite happily, mind you) until further notice due to immigration processes, I will consider baking my own. Thank you to Patersons for putting the recipe online.

2) A shout out to my off-grid peeps on Lasqueti Island! You know who you are. I heard in the coffee shop this morning that you take the time to download Loobylu on dial-up just in case I update… well that’s incentive enough for me to add badly taken flora photos. xx

3) NaNoWriMo! Are you in? I am and I’m suffering. It took me about 14 hours, on and off, yesterday to write the required 1667 daily words. Agony. Today I’ve written 246 but the sun is shining and I’m going out for a walk to check out the house building going on next door. Maybe I’ll find some inspiration in the cement foundations or the ever-changing wall angles. Self-doubt be gone!

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17 Responses

  1. Melissa G says:

    Those flowers are so cool. As my daughter would say, “I want that”.

  2. Jo says:

    Oh Bad news – Patersons cakes closed mid 2010! So you will have to be content making your own 🙁

  3. melissa f. says:

    peanut butter tree! or cleredendrum (or something close to that). did you smell it?

  4. Cassandra says:

    That photo is super and the colours really pop you in the eye don’t they! Never seen a flower like that. And it smells like peanut butter, OMG!

  5. Christine says:

    Oh! yet another name for the plant is harlequin glorybower. One of my favorites, if for the fancy name alone.

  6. jen storer says:

    What a cool plant. Looks like it came straight from the set of Avatar. jx

  7. librarygirl says:

    NaNoWriMo – am doing it but am not beating myself up if i don’t do the word count ( so probably i am not doing it, really) but i like the disciplone of this month dusting off my notes and getting stuck into it.

  8. chiara says:

    Wonderful! I don’t know which species is it in Italy it don’t exist

  9. Katie says:

    Wow, that is SO pretty! Totally deserving of its own blog post, me thinks.

  10. Crissy says:

    Wow, I wonder how a GloryBower / PB tree would do on the east coast (of North America)?! So cool!

  11. jan says:

    wow – i have lived here much longer than you and have never seen this plant! but it’s beautiful and sort of alien at the same time.

  12. The flower is awesome. What perfect colors…

  13. Elisa says:

    Sorry for the late post, but I can’t resist when it’s about plants… 😀 the exact name is Clerodendrum Trichotomum, and those are not flowers (they’re white) but berries. There’s plenty of them where I live in Italy, we’re zone 8B.Bye and thanks for the lovely blog! *waves*

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