What’s Blooming

“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.


Crybaby (redu)


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.


Lavender Glad and Clem (redu)


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.


Hosta and Illustris (redu)


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.




  1. May 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    First, let me say that the hostas look awesome! Wow is the word! I’ve never seen gladiolus in this color. Kewl! Crybaby! That’s a sweet name 😀

    • Jan said,

      May 15, 2009 at 4:35 am

      Thanks, Chandramouli. The hosta & elephant ears are growing in a very large container, one of the few container arrangements I have. This is the third year those gladiolus have come up and this is their best year. They had thrips in previous years which ruined the flowers. I love the Crybaby name, too. It is named that because nectar can drip from the flowers, though mine doesn’t do that.

  2. patientgardener said,

    May 15, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I love the name – crybaby tree – do you know why its called that?

    • Jan said,

      May 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

      It’s called crybaby because the flowers sometimes drip nectar, though mine never seems to do that.

  3. Randy said,

    May 15, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Your crybaby tree has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I love the blooms.

    • Jan said,

      May 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      Randy, it is a wonderful tree. I don’t know how well it would do where you are though. It is pretty tropical.

  4. May 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I love the crybaby tree. I have to find one. It looks similar to a firespike

    • Jan said,

      May 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      It does have the same color flowers as firespike, but the crybaby flowers are much larger. The bloom spike is probably 18 inches long. They would be good to grow together, though. Repetition of color.

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