After the Flowers

“After the Flowers”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

After the flowers fade, there often comes a surprise.

After the flowers on the clerodendrum flagrans pleniflorum finished blooming, the remaining calyx hold on.  They are a vibrant purple, and, at first glance, look like a flower.  These remain a very long time, in fact, the ones pictured below are almost three weeks old. These were a deeper purple just a week ago but are now fading.  Earlier, every time I went out to take a picture, it was too dark, so I do not have a pic of when it was the deep purple.  Another clerodendrum I have, clerodendrum indicum, does the same thing except the remaining calyx are bright red.  So, even after the flowers fade, there is still interest remaining on the shrub.

The alamanda is also showing some interesting seed pods.  I mentioned these in an earlier posting, and now they are turning a lovely shade of red-brown.  The contrast of the green leaves, yellow flowers and seed pods adds the unusual to what could be just an ordinary container plant.

So, as these plants show, there can be something interesting to look at after the flowers fade.