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.

End of Spring


Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)


Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)


Varigated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)


Bishop’s Flower (Ammi majus)


Hardy Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovi)


The Automatic Garden strives to have something in bloom all year around.  Here are a few of the End of Spring bloomers.  A big bee is heading for a treat in the Little Gem Magnolia.  This tree is fabulous for the typical urban yard.  It is quite compact and yet the wonderful scent of the blooms can still be enjoyed.  Agapanthus is considered a “landscaper” plant here on the Gulf Coast. The reason being that it grows so well, that every house has one.  Agapanthus makes it through every winter and is a reliable bloomer. The Shell Ginger can also fall in that same “landscaper” category.  It is totally care free, except for  removing dead stems.  Bishop’s Flower is an annual that adds an airy feel to the garden.  It can grow up to 4 feet tall if not crowded and reminds one of a giant Queen Anne’s Lace.  Hardy Gloxinia is such a simple, but pretty plant.  It gracefully sends out stems with little pink flowers.  The leaves have a bumpy texture that is fun to pet.  It will start easily from cuttings and grows well in a pot or  a garden bed.