After the Rains

The Spiral Ginger, Costus barbatus, looked luscious in the morning after an overnight storm.  The rain made the red flower shine.

The Spiral Ginger has not bloomed in awhile, so it was nice to see two of them blooming.  I tried to get a photo showing how the leaves form around the stem in a spiral.

As long as I was taking pictures, I checked out some other bloomers.  The Black Eyed Susan pops up in different locations around the yard.  This one is self-sowed.

The Salvia coccinea also reseeds on its own and is loaded with flowers to the delight of pollinators and hummingbirds.

I was surprised to see the Hyacinth Bean had suddenly flowered.

Another surprise was finding a Resurrection Lily Ginger, Kaempferia rotunda, had bloomed.  The flower comes before the leaves.  It is a pretty little thing.


Cuphea ignata which is commonly called Cigar plant has been blooming profusely and is a hummingbird favorite.  I saw that this  plant sold is as an annual up north where it does not get very big with the short growing season.  Mine is a perennial and grows nearly 5 feet tall and spreads easily to make new plants.

The Gardenia is so heavy with delicious scented flowers, it is bent to the ground.

And now a garden mystery, which I love.  I found my Pink Polka Dot plants growing nearly 30 feet from where they were planted.  How did they get there?  Something to ponder.  Of course, I love a volunteer and they will be moved back to the original bed.

21 Comments on “After the Rains”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Plants sure like a good rain.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I do love gardenias. Oddly, I first met them on their native turf, in Liberia. They were all around my house, and prolific as could be. Now, every time I catch their scent, I think of Africa, where they’re native.

    This rain of which you speak — could you send some of it down here? It’s been really quite amazing to see the difference in totals north and south of I-10. We’ve had some rain, but hardly enough to make puddles. Everything heads for us, then curves up toward you. No wonder all of your plants look so happy!

  3. Thanks, Ms. Automatic, your garden always brings me such joy.

  4. Misti says:

    Love the blooms!

  5. You are having a fabulous spring. Love those gingers, I have a hard time with gingers and I notice the plants we do have in common yours are more lush…i think it is because you have actual soil. Of course the turtle moved the polka dot plant.

    • I am having a good year, but I am actually here working on the garden and getting it fertilized at the appropriate time. I have pulled bushels of weeds. I was gone for most of the Spring last year. My gingers are planted in the gumbo. I put them there temporarily when we moved to this house. The ginger did well and I never moved them. Yes, it could have been the turtle.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely flowers – a gardenia like that would make me very happy!

  7. Tina says:

    I’ll second shoreacres–we need some wet stuff, too! So many lovelies in your garden right now. The Resurrection Lily Ginger is really gorgeous; I don’t know that one, but what a beautiful flower.

  8. I bet your gardenia smells divine. Even one bloom can fill a room with fragrance, and yours is loaded with flowers. Must be heavenly.

  9. Deb says:

    I love when warm and rains bring out the best in plants!

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Gingers are so rad. There are only a few grown here, but several more in Southern California. My colleague there finally got a blue ginger that he had been wanting when he was a kid, only to find that it is not even remotely related to ginger.

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