Nearly Perfect Gingers

This year many of the Gingers decided to bloom  again in the Fall.  Maybe they liked all the rain.  This Hedychium hybred “Pink V” has nearly perfect flowers.

The Hedychium coronarium “White Butterfly Ginger” have also been putting on a spectacular showing and sending their scents throughout the garden.


Hurricane Lily Missed the Main Event

Hurricane Harvey is long gone, but the Hurricane Lily has decided to appear.

Hurricane season lasts from June until the end of November. Hopefully, this lily is not a harbinger of bad news.


Mine, mine, mine!  The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are making a migration stop in the Automatic Garden.

It has been pandemonium or hummermonium around the feeders.  Some clever little birds decided to guard the feeders and chase the others away.

Dueling Hummers sit opposite each other fiercely defending the food source. The fights have been brutal, including wrestling each other to the ground. The hits are loud and are accompanied  with Hummingbird screams.

I have located 4 feeders in the yard and the Automatic Garden came through the storm rather well with flowers continuing to bloom.

From the perch on the back porch, this Hummer can survey all the feeders.  The bird was so absorbed with keeping an eye on the others, it never noticed me standing 12 inches away.  (This photo was later taken through a window.)

I know the Hummingbirds need to head south, but I am hoping they will stay for awhile.


Seven Buds


After the six days of rain from Hurricane Harvey stopped, I took a survey of my plants and found my Night Blooming Cactus, Epiphylium strictum, had seven buds on it. It has never made more than two flowers a year and only blooms in early summer.

Apparently, it enjoyed the 33 inches of rain we had on our side of town and opened 6 flowers, one for each day of rain.  Others parts of the city had 51 inches and it is estimated that 25 trillion gallons of water fell on the state.

Harvey bopped around, being caught between two high pressure weather systems. It hit Texas twice as a hurricane, refueling with water from the Gulf of Mexico. Then Harvey meandered along the Texas/Louisiana border as a Tropical Storm. The Hurricane spawned 152 tornado warnings with some actually touching down.

Disaster areas were declared in 58 counties. There were 3,400 water rescues, including many in my community.  Over 200,000 homes were damaged. It will take a long time to bring the area back.

And on the seventh day, we finally saw sunshine and the rain stopped for us.

Now we need to turn our attentions to the Islands and Florida. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Some Like the Rain

Most of us did not enjoy the 33 inches of rain that fell in our community. Other parts of Texas/Louisiana received over 50 inches.  After the clouds cleared, these white Rain Lilies showed their appreciation of the rain.  It is nice to see beauty after such a disaster.

Recovered and Covered

This is the aftermath of an unexpected freeze last winter.  The split leaf philodendron looked very hopeless.  Its main function was to cover up utilities.

Happily, the plant was able to come back and serve its intended purpose.

High and Out of Reach

One of my favorite plants is William Bartram’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera grandiflora).  I purchased the original seeds at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.  The instructions said they were difficult to germinate, so I was thrilled when I was able to grow them.

Unfortunately over the past few years, the rabbits have taken to eating them or just biting the stems in half.  This year, I was determined to grow some Primrose to replenish my seed supply. I managed to get six plants to grow in pots and elevated them in a tall planter.

It worked and the Evening Primroses bloomed.  Soon I will be able to collect seeds for next year.