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.

Blood Lily, Another Survivor

Continuing with plants that made it through the harsh weather this year, I was really pleased to see the Blood Lily back and blooming.

The Lily grows from a bulb and could have drown as it is growing in the good old Texas dirt, which is clay gumbo here.  The ground apparently stayed warm enough to keep the bulb from freezing.

For more information and better photos, go to my Blood Lily post.


Flashback Friday


Blood Lilies are the flashback this week.  They have done really well in the garden and are flowering bigger than my hand.  Happily, the lilies have also started to reproduce.

Check it out Blood Lilies.


Around the Garden

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!


Lastly is a garden favorite, the Rain Lily.  Magically, these sweet pink lilies bloom only after a rainfall.  Yes, they can tell the difference between real rainwater and sprinkler water.

Blood Lily






Scadoxus multiflorus is a beautiful and fascinating bulb.  It was planted two years ago and this is  first time it has bloomed in the Automatic Garden.  The seller said to plant it and never touch it again, as it was very poisonous.  Well, that sparks the imagination.  It turns out that this gorgeous flowering bulb has many common names and many of them carry a warning.  Here are a few:  Blood Lily, Poison Root, Bloodflower Plant, Fireball Lily, Torch Lily, Bushman’s Poison Bulb, African Blood Lily.  Those names will make one want to stay away.  There are also a few names that are not too scary: Football Lily, Powderpuff Lily, Paintbrush Lily.  None the less, this  fabulous plant has up to 200 star-like flowers that form a globe bigger than a softball.  Starting with its opening bud, it lasts several weeks.  And the best part for the Automatic Garden is that it produces more bulbs!  Can’t wait until next year!