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.


Taking the Heat

Summer days have become extremely hot.  Here on the Gulf Coast a heat index of 108 degrees calls for a heat advisory and this week we reached it.  Humans are told to stay out of the heat and take it easy.  Most of the plants are pretty much doing the same, taking it easy that is.  But, a few flowers can take the heat such as the pair of Zinnias above.

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The Tropical Hibiscus scoffs at the high temperatures and has just started blooming.

The Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignea) and Hummingbird Bush (Hamelia patens) do not have spectacular flowers, but Hummingbirds sure love them and are not using the feeder.

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For some reason, the Gardenia has started to bloom again.  Their sweet scent is always appreciated.