Friday Miscellany

Randomness again today.

Who wants to see weird, creepy, tentacles?  I never planted my big voodoo lilies (Amorphophallus konjac), as they seemed to flower just fine sitting bare in a pot. Now though, it seems like they want to grow some foliage!


That's good news to me, as I like the foliage much more than I like the blooms.

I wouldn't have seen this if I had been on the ball and planted these at a reasonable time. Strange and beautiful, no?

The native Passiflora is just starting to open:

Bees make it better!

These blooms are just perfect for the larger bees:

Love how the anthers are bent down so they contact the bee's fuzzy back. Just perfect!

My small pots of 'Gollum' jade plant are really starting to fill in:

I love the texture!

I haven't taken butterfly photos for a few years...

...but these of a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail turned out surprisingly good using just my phone camera.

So nice!

Ending with a plant that I look at every day:

My Pachypodium lamerei. I am keeping a close watch on the flower buds as they form. Soon I think they will start opening, but since this is the first time I'm just guessing. Exciting!

Have a great weekend!


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Pat  – (July 15, 2016 at 7:15 AM)  

Wow , you have some wild texture going on !

danger garden  – (July 15, 2016 at 11:28 AM)  

The Amorphophallus konjac photos confuse me! Is that big caudex looking thing the "bulb"? But then the tentacles are roots growing on top of it?

Mark and Gaz  – (July 15, 2016 at 11:54 AM)  

Close up, most look like they are creatures from a different world, cool!

Chickadee Gardens  – (July 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM)  

It is a strange and wonderful world....plants amaze me every day. Thanks for sharing!

Alan  – (July 15, 2016 at 1:09 PM)  

Patsi: thanks!

Loree: yes, the roots come out of the top of the "bulb". It's a strange beast that needs to be buried deeper than you'd expect.

Mark/Gaz: would be at home under the sea, right?

Tamara: Completely agree, but the insect half of the garden is pretty amazing too!

Hoover Boo  – (July 15, 2016 at 9:47 PM)  

The konjac is way strange, but the phone-tographs of the butterflies are great.

Congratulations on Pachypodium flowers!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 18, 2016 at 12:14 PM)  

OK, those Amorphophallus konjac tentacles are seriously creepy. I can't get them out of my head!

outlawgardener  – (July 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM)  

Love a random post! Amorphophallus konjac close-ups are interesting and a bit disturbing. I thought of you when I noticed a couple weeks ago that my own Amorphophallus konjac started throwing out new foliage. I thought it had died and was about to clean out the pot when I noticed that it had also made some bulblets that were putting out foliage too. Fun plant!

Alan  – (July 19, 2016 at 6:02 AM)  

Gerhard: I never would have seen them if I was more on the ball this year.

Peter: I often overlook those bulblets, reuse the potting soil, and have new A. konjacs popping up in random pots with other plants. :)

Unknown  – (July 20, 2016 at 8:58 AM)  

passion fruit flower is cool... i didn't manage to grow passion fruit seedling from seed...

Anna K  – (July 25, 2016 at 1:01 AM)  

A very photogenic oddball! Can't believe you took those butterfly shots with a phone - they are great!

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