Attentive Gardening

With rain, you get Rain Lilies and this year’s display was spectacular. The couple of bulbs I bought years ago that just sat around doing nothing, have come alive and planted themselves all over the yard. (click on a photo for slideshow)

Aristolochia fimbriata, is the third kind of Dutchman’s Pipe that I grow.  It has tiny flowers and the nurseryman said it would attract butterflies.  I’ll wait and see.

I had to add another photo of the spiral ginger.  The flower is hidden behind the leaves and I enjoy peeking in everyday to see its progress.

My sweet little Peter Pan Agapnathus has made several flower heads this year.


After two years of hard winters, the Shell Ginger finally bloomed.

The African Blood Lily has done extremely well and seems to like our gumbo soil.  It makes huge blooms every year and has even multiplied. A mild winter and an attentive gardener (me staying home) has resulted in a late Spring full of blooms.

22 Comments on “Attentive Gardening”

  1. When the Agapanthus flowers all those blooms must make an amazing sight.

  2. Deb says:

    I so enjoy seeing your flower photos,especially the ones I can’t grow here! 😍

  3. Anonymous says:

    Most interesting plants!!

  4. Shell Ginger!! whoo hoo..

  5. Tina says:

    Great set of photos. Your Dutchman’s pipe is one that I grow and yes, it attracts butterflies. I’ve grown some for a few years, now. Also, they do seed out, though not obnoxiously–just enough to move to another spot, or share.

  6. shoreacres says:

    They use agapanthus a lot down here for commercial and roadside landscaping; nearly every median is filled with them. All of your photos are beautiful. I actually recognized some ginger the other day, thanks to you. For years I’ve been looking at the plants thinking, “Huh. Wonder what those are?” Now I know.

    I haven’t seen a single native rain lily yet this year. Of course, we haven’t had nearly the rain you have, either. It always surprises me to see the difference in totals north and south of I-10.

    • I once listened to a radio show with Northerners talking about how much they treasured agapanthus and all the care they had to give them. Here, they can grow on the medians alone without much care. Not only is the rain fall different, but the climate. Just a few miles up the road (as the crow flies) puts me in a different growing zone. Texas!

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful flowers, I esp. love the African Blood Lily and the Rain Lilies – gorgeous!

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Is that picture of the agapanthus recent?!

  9. gaiainaction says:

    How nice to see your ginger plant blooming. Most beautiful photos too.

  10. Wow. These are all so pretty. and yes – the Rain Lily is spectacular. Hope you’re doing well.

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