This is a flower on Dermatobotrys saundersii, a plant I picked up at The Huntington Garden's fall sale in late October. I placed the plant in a large pot in a moderately shady spot in my new bromeliad garden early this month.
|This photo, taken November 2nd, shows what the plant looked like shortly after I potted it up|
During the last heatwave, I noticed that it'd dropped a large number of its leaves. I wasn't sure if that was a response to the heat, the sharp drop in humidity, too much shade or too little, or watering errors on my part but the leaves continued to drop and I feared I'd killed the plant. Then it began to produce flowers and show the first signs of producing new leaves. Hurrah!
|This is what the plant looks like now. It has relatively few leaves but lots of flower buds. It turns out that the plant is semi-deciduous. I learned a lot more about it through on-line references after the flowers appeared, including that it's considered at risk of extinction, that its fruits are considered edible, but also that the USDA classifies it as poisonous.|
But those weren't the only flowers that came as a surprise. There are a few more.
|Echeveria 'Serrana' has bloomed. I was attracted to the succulent's dark maroon foliage but its bright orange flowers are attractive too. I don't always like succulent flowers but these are definitely an exception.|
To top things off, as I was taking photos this morning, I ran into a visitor.
I also left a surprise for my neighbors this morning.
|Three-quarters of it was gone in less than an hour|
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