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.


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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.