Wouldn't you know it? About two days after the last GBBD, my Tilandsia cyanea (Pink Quill) started spitting out bright purple flowers. I thought about taking pictures then, just in case, but I figured I had enough that they would last me until today. And they did...sort of. There are still a few left that haven't bloomed yet, so it isn't out of blooms, they just aren't blooming today. *sigh* Oh, well, maybe in a couple more years, I will have some Tilandsia blooms to show you. Until then, you can visit this link, and just pretend that the flowers you see there are on my back porch.
Here's what I do have:
The usual suspects, a.k.a Pam, Jay, and Nameless Bob
Den. Pam Tajima (atroviolaceum 'Pygmy' x eximium)
Dgmra. Memoria Jay Yamada 'Hawaii'
Seriously, "Nameless Bob" is all I have for this one.
My Euphorbia Leucocephala still have a few hangers-on,
but mostly, it's getting a little leggy and sad. The white is fading, and the new growth hasn't really begun yet. February for my Euphorbia is like the in-between stage of trying to grow your bangs out for you and me.
It's cousin, the rescue pointsettia, seems to be in its prime. I say rescue pointsettia because this was one of those Christmas dinner center pieces from two Christmases ago that was headed for the compost bin if I hadn't brought it home with me. Most of the year, it just sits quietly in its pot, growing out its bangs, but for a month or two every year, it does fancy itself up a little bit.
My Red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) is in pretty constant bloom,
but now it's starting to do something strange. All of a sudden, there seems to be a bunch of new growth coming up from the flowery part of the plant. What is this? Is this normal?
My orange shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea) is still putting on a good show as well.
I tried to get a good shot of what's going on inside, but this is the best I could do.
Right next to my shrimp plant is my spider lily. It's got some nice blooms today as well as some seed pods setting from the last group of blooms.
Here are three of them tucked down into the base of my lily.
They're sort of like teenagers hanging out at the mall. I tend to eyeball them with suspicion, but I can't really pin anything on them. Every once in a while they wander over to my kale, where they DO do some damage, but I just pull them off and relocate them to some detritus-filled area closer to my lilies. Also, snails are tenacious. And stretchy! Maybe I'll get a picture of that one of these days.
My Clerodendrum is just revving up for what should be some nice February blooms.
My bouganvillea was all a little faded last month, but it's rallying nicely this month.
I'm not sure what these are, but they are little border plants whose blooms I discovered quite by accident. I cut some of the foliage to use in a bouquet, and when I got them up to eye level, I realized they have some sort of bloomy, flowery thing going on.
I recently planted some lobelia, and I couldn't be happier with the color. They're almost iridescent in person.
I'm looking forward to some tomatoes soon! Two, to be exact. Hey, I'm not feeding the world, but every now and then I can make my salad more exciting.
And, if the birds don't get these, I will have two strawberries to go with my two tomatoes.
My garden buddy, Buster, got out of his crate and walked from the back yard to the front yard with me while I was collecting pictures, but he hasn't been feeling well lately, and that was about all he felt like doing. After that, it was time to lie down again. The doc's got him on some meds, and he is definitely feeling better than he was a few days ago; but I know we have to start steeling ourselves for the day when the meds don't make him feel better, and I'm afraid that's going to be sooner than later. So, if my GBBD posts fall off, you'll know why, but in the meantime, please send happy, healthy thoughts Buster's way.