Around the GardenPosted: May 24, 2016
Here are some photos of flowers currently blooming around the garden. The first batch is from the wildflower bed. They represent plants from farther west that grow in drier terrain.
The next few shots are the exotics. These plants enjoy wet weather and are from the tropics. The shiny pearl buds are from Variegated Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet).
Hot colors make this ginger, Costus barbatus, really stand out. The red bracts and yellow flowers are waxy to the touch. I had to look up its name, as the plant had traveled away from its marker.
This intriguing plant is the Blood Lily. Its head is actually nearly 200 individual flowers. Happily the bulb has reproduced and there are more each year. Read more at this previous post.
An interesting flower is that of the Split Leaf Philodendron. At night it scents the air very pleasantly. When it is done blooming, the flower rots on the plant. A fun fact is that there are over 489 species of Philodendron. You can’t go wrong calling a leafy tropical plant a Philodendron!