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.


Isn’t Nature Grand?

The ginger, Dancing Lady came up through the Snowdrop bulbs last summer. ( See the June 1 post.)  Now it has made corms to drop for new plants next year.  The Snowdrops will soon take its place.

Next year’s Salvia plants sprouting at the base of the older ones.

New leaves for a new season on the Hardy Begonia.

Beautiful blood red veins.

Paperwhites have popped up among the Saliva.  The Paperwhites will bloom when the Saliva is gone.

Peruvian Lilies are emerging as the Resurrection Lily ginger is disappearing for the winter.

Last year’s leaves are mostly gone after providing  nourishment and moisture throughout the summer for the trees.  Now that fall is here, the ground will be replenished with newly fallen leaves.

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The Automatic Garden is preparing for future seasons.  The changing of the season has stimulated some plants to end their growth and others to begin. Even the soil benefits from nature’s seasonal cycles.