Friday, February 11, 2011

The Bloomin' Thing in the Yard

Awhile ago, I expressed the hope that "it" would bloom soon. It has done.

Before:









Now:


Here is a close-up of the thingie. Note how evenly it is tessellated, somewhat resembling a long, skinny ear of corn!

I enjoy things that are new to me.





Sister writes about naming her blog, and recognizes BBBH for her input.

10 comments:

Grace said...

I've seen those flowers before but can't for the life of me remember what they are called.

Last year I bought some "over the railing" planters and tried various type of flowers - even the ivy died! This year? Plastic flowers and pinwheels, I know how to be a gracious loser!

Vee said...

Beautiful! Is it your full-time job now to make me wish we were in Florida?

vanilla said...

Grace, flora in abundance around here whose names I don't know. May your "flowers and pinwheels" bring you undying joy.

Vee, no, not my job. But you'd like it here.

Sharkbytes said...

Well, those structures are the spathe, enclosing the spadix. But I don't know what that particular plant is. You HAVE to find out for me. Got your assignment, buddy?

vanilla said...

Shark, I can but make an attempt, Ms. Botany Teacher. ;-)

Grace said...

It's a Peace Lily - the name came to me and I doubled checked with Google Images ...Ta da!

vanilla said...

Shark, in fulfillment of the assignment, I find the consensus here is giant taro, possibly colocasia gigantea.

Grace, thanks for your research. This plant is quite large-- huge even, reaching seven or eight feet and more in height.

Sharkbytes said...

OK, the flower looks right, but where are the big leaves? The picture you showed seems to have spikey leaves more like an aloe. Good job so far.

vanilla said...

Shark, no, really. The leaves are huge; you are looking at stems. Okay, okay. A picture. But it's too late and too dark tonight.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

OK! I will await the giant leaves, and then I'll be a believer- so cool... and related to several of our plants.