“What’s Blooming”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
There are several plants that have started blooming here, but I haven’t had a chance to talk about them. The first is the crybaby tree (Erythrina crista galli). It started blooming a few weeks ago and will continue through the summer. Its bright, orange-red flowers are very unusual and tropical looking. I planted this as a seed from a neighbor’s tree, and now mine is about ten feet tall. The big flower clusters certainly stand out.
Also, blooming now is the clematis crispa or swamp clematis, but what makes this stand out is the lavender gladiolus planted near it are also blooming. I wish I could say that I planned this, but it is strictly serendipitous that this good combination came about. If you look at the photo below, you can see a clematis flower in the upper right hand corner echoing the lavender of the gladiolus.
Finally, while not flowers so this in not new bloomers, the hosta and metallica alocasia make a shady area bright. The metallica is only just coming back, but in a few weeks the dark, shiny elephant ear leaves will be much larger and in combination with the chartreuse hosta, make a very striking display.
New things are still popping up it seems like every day, and it is sometimes a little harde to keep up with all the new “shows” but I’m trying.