The Garden and Myself, Back from a Hiatus
I've been sick for the last week or so, but that's just given the garden some time to grow a bit and surprise me! In the course of a week and a half we've had a lot of rain, heat and humidity, so upon returning to "The Rainforest Garden" at my parent's place I was blown away by the growth! Not only was the grass lush and emerald green, weeds that were nonexistent two weeks ago were now up to my knee and flowering. I yanked up as many as I could, but can take solace in the fact that all of my intentionally planted specimens were coming up just as fast as the weeds themselves. In the photo above you can see my tried and true cardomom ginger to the left, and my more recent yellow anise and Philodendron "Evansii", which happens to be turning out new leaves.
As you can see, my chartreuse colocasias are coming back strong as ever. They do a wonderful job of brightening shady corners in my garden and tolerate flooding with ease. As I mentioned in my last post, the monstera is returning as well. Its gone from having tiny curled up leaves to having new leaves 6 inches long in a matter of two weeks, so I'm sure that its going to reclaim its former grandeur.
While I was sick I mustered up the energy to do only two garden related activities. My "Mother's Day Cactus" as I call it, has bloomed, so I managed to take some photos of its beautiful red blooms. Of course its even more exciting to me since they're from inch long cuttings and are growing totally epiphytically on a chunk of tree fern. See my Rainforest in a Centerpiece post for more on that.
When I was out getting groceries I found a kit for kids to grow their own bananas! Since I had grown bananas from seed before (before the dog destroyed them) and it was really easy I snatched it up. The seed packet said that it contained seeds of musa velutina or pink velvet banana, which I've been wanting to grow anyways. Maybe this time I'll let them get a little bigger before I plant them outdoors though...
By the way, I found some other things in the garden returning today: My little rubber ficus plant (ficus decora) is coming back from the roots and my south Florida native leather fern is putting out new fronds too. Thunbergia Erecta, Hibiscus and Firebush are returning as well, so things are starting to look pretty lush all over again. Here's a photo of the garden in January, followed by a pic of the garden today.
Yay! The butterflies, hummingbirds, lizards and frogs are out in full force as if to prove that the garden is a home again. My dad even found a little ringneck snake, and our local blue tailed skink has returned to his summer home, the wheelchair ramp. I feel like a kid again out here.