Special EffectsMonday, June 13, 2011
This agave has been in my garden for more than four years already. However, I am still very intrigued by its patterned leaves each time I see the plant. And now that I am growing it in the full sun, the spiky leaves are not facing downwards anymore. They have all grown upwards.
Eventhough this Amaranthus Illumination is still short and small, its foliage has now started to show its red colour. The plant grew from a sproutling about two months ago. The name 'Illumination' is so befitting. The red colour is really illuminating the plant!
At one corner of the garden, my yellow Desert Rose has blossomed a flower. The pic below showed how the flower looks on the second day with its colour having faded a little. The plant really has good survival spirit. Every time when it rains and rains, it will lose all its leaves but once the sun is out again the leaves will grow back and flower also.
Next to the Desert Rose are my herb plants. I am happy that they love the sun and don't mind the rain. And I love the wonderful aromatic smell every time I am near or watering the plants. At the foreground is Sage. Sweet Basil and Rosemary are in the background.
In front of the Desert Rose is my orange Hibiscus. Its textural flower add not only colour but also visual contrast to my garden. The shrub has not many leaves now but I am so glad to see the flower even if it is only one...
Another flower that's going to add the same effect as the hibiscus is the inflorescence of my dwarf Heliconia. However, its colour and form is much more striking and bold in colour and form. The plant has taken about five months to produce a new stem and an inflorescence since the last flower.
Here are little flowers of my Nong Nooch Vine and Verbena. They seem to be living happily together, hehe... I hard-pruned the Nong Nooch Vine more than a month ago. Now the plant is flowering again... 'resting' on the Verbena and looking delicate.
My Persian Violet's dainty flowers are now blooming in profusion again. Its mild scent is sweet smelling... like the flowers :-D
These flowers of Episcia are striking and it has rough leaves. The flowers brighten up the shade while the leaves feel coarse to the touch.
In the pic below you can see what I meant earlier when I said the hibiscus has not many leaves, like a sparse bush. I wish the weather to be sunny consistently. Otherwise, the leaves of some of my plants (like the hibiscus) will turn yellow and drop off due to prolonged wet soil.
Happy discovering the different things that your plants bring to your garden :-D