Just realized that I have not posted for quite a while, although my May garden has been growing by leaps and bounds.
I have been working on a new raised bed in my garden, which will also be served partially as a vegetable bed. Will show you some photos when it is more presentable.
For now, let me just show you some new flowers in the garden.
Tropical Liac (Cornutia grandifolia) lost majority of leaves during the cold weather in last December. It grows so fast after the weather warmed up. Now they are shooting their lavendar colored flower spikes into the air again.
Just love the scent of this plant when walking by and brush against the leaves, or when hand-watering the leaves.
Since this plant is not seen in the nurseries, I have tried several times to start more of this plant from seeds, or cuttings to share with friends,but with no luck. I heard it should not be too difficult based on what I read from the Internet. So, I will keep trying. Maybe I just did not do it in the right way.
I picked up this Salvia 'Black and Blue' at the clearance rack in last December after the cold front visited Florida. The plant had bad frost bites. Now it looks so happy in a full sun location of my garden. I love any blue flowers in the garden, and the almost black sepals contrast the blue flowers so nicely. Oh, wait a minute. Is that a spiderweb? Often when I intend to capture a spiderweb in the picture, it hardly comes out good. It is either out of focus, or invisible in the photo. Seems this spiderweb that I caught by accident in the photo is my most successful shot!
|Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' |
|Clerodendrum ugandenseCommon name: Blue Butterfly|
Yay, Medinilla started showing lots of flowers again after a dormant period! Remember how I got it? See the story behind this plant, read here.
Love the combination of Crape Jasmine and the pink Ixora.
My friend gave me this bush daisy. I love its airy leaves, and risen cheery yellow flowers. The flowers come in waves, one flush after another with a short resting period in between.
|Bush Daisy (Gamolepis chrysanthemoides)|
Look what I found in the garden! A Calla Lily bloom! Yes, you can tell I am excited. My friend gave me a bunch of seedlings from her Calla lilies, which were originally bought from a big box store. She said every year the leaves emerge in early spring, but never re-bloomed for her. Last year, the leaves grow so nicely, but no flowers, and then leaves disappeared in the winter. This spring the leaves grow again, and I did not expect much from them although the leaves alone are beautiful. My friend called me a couple of weeks ago and told me that she saw one flower from her Calla lily, and sure enough, one week later, I saw one from mine! Yes, it only has one flower, but better than nothing, and it is a good start!
Here is another surprise from garden. When I just started my garden almost two years ago, one of my coworkers gave me one bromeliad with dark purple leaves, and no name. He only told me that the leave will burn if put in a sunny location. So I kept it in a container located in a partial shade area. For two years, it did nothing except shooting out of the pups. It started looking messy, and working around it becomes a dangerous job since the edge of the leaves has saw blade like spikes.
I am that close to toss it away. It seems knows what I am thinking, almost like all of sudden, two flower spikes shot out from the middle of leaves, and The flowers are orange-red color, and have wax like texture. Anybody recognize this bromeliad? I think for the time being, it will be a keeper.
What have been flowering in your May Garden?