Spider Lilies, Sea Bean, and a Freakin Big Moth
Today I made a rather unbalanced trade with a very charitable gardening friend, and ended up with a plant that I've been looking everywhere for.
Actually she was kind enough to give me a whole lot of that plant.
When I say a lot, I mean A LOT of Spiderlily bulbs!
I don't know which species it is, but it doesn't really matter since I've been wanting a Hymenocallis for the longest time and ended up with... we'll stick with "a lot". Its likely either Hymenocallis Caroliniana or Hymenocallis Latifolia, and both supposedly handle consistently moist soil pretty well. They should be delighted to live in my wet and squishy backyard alongside other florida swamp natives like my everglades palm, yellow anise, dahoon and yaupon hollies and all the trees like sweet bay magnolia and gordonia!
She was even nice enough to give me a division of "Spanish Tarragon", (also known as Mexican Mint Marigold) so that I could use it in my cooking, some Cassia seeds and pink rain lily seeds, freshly collected!
Not only did I leave with plants, I also got some great info. For example, she has also sprouted pineapple seeds recently and some of them were already quite large! There was an abundance of herbs too, but the pots of tropicals being started from seed is what really got me excited, since that's an odd little habit I've picked up too. For example...
My seabean! Its gotten to be almost 2 feet tall in about a week and has already become rootbound, so I've given up on container culture and planted it in the ground between an evergreen weeping yaupon holly and a (also evergreen) yellow anise. Hopefully their leaf cover will help protect the base of the plant. I'll just train it along the ground so that I can cover the trunk with mulch in winter and then let it clamber up my bottlebrush, wax myrtle, and into the canopy of pines and cypress. Yes, it will grow that fast.
And don't you guys worry about it being invasive, since it only propagates itself with its rock hard two inch round and flattened beans, which require specialist fish and mammals in Costa Rica to crack the shell. Mine only sprouted after spending years at sea coated with barnacles and other fouling marine life, time baking and composting in seaweed on a shelly beach, a few more years in my collection, and a good sanding on the already crackled outer layer of the bean. The other seabeans in the container without that abuse still look polished and clean after being in the wet dirt for months.
In other news...
- The pineapple lilies (eucomis) are finally starting to flower
- The climbing gloriosa lily will also flower soon
- The bottlebrush out front is getting large and has more flower buds than I've ever seen.
- Baby green lizards everywhere! Take that, bugs!
- The yellow tabebuia has gotten huge, and has forgotten all about winter.
- Okay, a big orange moth is no big deal, but it was kind of neat. Yeah.