Saturday, April 25, 2009

The oasis is slowly getting in shape

This is one of many pallida Iris beds that I have. Their smell is awesome and fills the air with a sweet tropical cloud of perfume. It reminds me when I was in Jamaica, these strong sweet tropical smells intoxicate all your senses.

Close-up of Pallida Iris. I think it's a princess Beatrix, but am not sure.

Here we have a Red Yucca bloom emerging. Actually I had to separate the Red Yucca, that I got last year. It grew so dense that I could get an other 7 plants out of it by dividing the root ball. Most of them are now getting blooms.

In this shady corner right beside the steps I have planted some Albo marginata Hostas. They also made 10 new plants from one that I got last year.

This is my Blue Ravine Clematis just starting to grow and bloom. I have 2 plants beside an arch and hope they will climb up very soon. They both are still very small and just getting shoots.

My pink butterfly flower, aslcepias incarnata is emerging from the ground also. I planted them last year from seed. They die back in the winter and grow stronger each year. In the back ground you can see one of my 2 syringa vulgaris, french lilac , they have bloomed last year the first time, but I probably cut them back too much. So far no buds yet :(

Here is one of the 2 pineapple plants that I grew last year from the end of a pineapple that I bought in the grocery store for eating. I just laid the cut-off ends on the ground and they developed roots. Got them potted up after a few weeks and kept them indoors during the winter. They both grew to this spectacular size in the winter months. Yesterday was the first day, I brought them out, because they are tropicals and cannot tolerate cool temperatures. I had to repot them in bigger pots, so strong was the root system. Isn't it amazing that this bautiful plant grew from just a pineapple piece that most people throw in the garbage, when they eat pineapples?

5 comments:

Heather said...

I didn't know you could grow a pineapple from top. How fun and a free plant too!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

the Red Yucca is interesting, the way it curls upwards... pretty. ~ bangchik

Barbarapc said...

Hi there - welcome to Blotanical. Must be pineapple season - I just visited Titiana's blog http://titania-yesterdaytodayandtomorrow.blogspot.com/ on her pineapple adventures. After seeing how well yours came out from inside - I'm tempted to do the same. Looking forward to seeing your finished pineapple fruit! Barbarapc

Bucolic Bushwick said...

The close up photo of the iris is beautiful!

City Diggity said...

The iris and clematis are lovely. I'd love to be able to grow bananas, they are one of my favorites. Welcome to Blotanical, and happy blogging.