Monday, October 7, 2013

Tuesday Reds!

 As I've always said in the past, our gardens in the tropics are normally filled with reds and orange. Maybe these colors really love the hot and warm climates, maybe that is the reason they are called warm colors. The blues and dark violets are seldom seen here, although much intrusion by the gardener can also produce all these blue colors if they want. However, they might need more patience, perseverance, time and money.

So without the needed adjectives i mentioned above, the absentee gardener like me must just be contented with the more common and self supporting plants. And they are the orange and the reds. Here are some of them.

A  Caladium leaf resembles batik from neighboring Asian countries. This could be one of their inspirations. Can this color pass as red already?

 Chrysothemis pulchella, a gesneriad, is said to have originated in North America. It is only some of the few that acclimatized well in the humid warm tropics. With its storage root it can transcend its presence through the seasons, allows dormancy during dry season and sprouts again when the rains come. The yellow corolla don't last long, outlasted by the red-orange calyx. It spreads fast with good soil conditions. In fact in my garden, i already declare it as invasive.

When speaking of contrast, the red ripe chili pepper is a very good specimen. It produces a variety of changing hues in maturation, from green, to orange to red, and of course to brown when dried. I also love how its calyx remained green supporting the ripe fruit.

 The mosquito is lured with the spadix of this anthurium, i wonder what it can get there as the flowers are not yet open. The white spadix contrasts nicely with the bright red showy spathe. It is reported that there are about 1,500 species of Anthurium andreanum, although the highbrids are the most common in commerce.

 Even this black ant cannot resist visiting the anthurium. Its black presence in ruby red is so very conspicuous. I wonder why it was alone there, and i would have loved it if he came in contact with the mosquito. I should have observed them more intently.


  1. Replies
    1. I think it is Gaz who is talking now, haha! Thanks.

  2. You caught some great shots of blooms and insects.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. i do see the pulchella around these parts. how can these thrive beautifully with so little "guidance" from the absentee gardener?

  4. You are fortunate to have so many bright, flamboyant plants blooming year-round! I actually have a slight preference for the the hot colors--although it's pleasant to have a break from them with the cool-colored blooms at times. Beautiful macros!

  5. A gorgeous variety of reds. Stunning macros.

  6. Wonderful variety in your garden!
    Thanks for visiting :)

  7. I really enjoyed the reds in your garden.

  8. love the red and love the insects. Insects are my favoritemotives! :)

  9. Well --I love all colors and we try to include lots of colors in our garden--but I love the reds and oranges in your area... They are just awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. That does look batik. As always, I enjoy your photography!

  11. I had never thought of the caladium looking like batik. It does indeed.

  12. Very nice rendition of reds... and I like the way you said 'absentee gardener'... :-)


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