Hoping to attract more bees and butterflies, I'm gradually adding more of bright blooms to my collection. I love the pattern on this variety of coleus. The line of bromeliads at the back also has tinges of pink on them! I once had an adenium but it died. Maybe I should've gone easy on the watering. A recent post by Eric of I Like Plants had such a beautiful bloom that I HAD to go and get one from a nursery. There was only a hint of a bud when I bought it but now it's blooming. I'll most certainly remember that its other name is Desert rose and where there's 'desert' there's no water! I've only recently started adding more euphorbias to my collec- tion. This colour instantly lifted my spirits! I made a little bamboo trellis for this pink Ixora. Once the blooms go I'll prune it. The trellis immediately attracted a carpenter bee which soon gnawed/drilled a near-perfect round hole on it! This Ixora is a dwarf variety. The person at the nursery told me that it'll grow to a height of two ft or so. I'm happy with that but most of all, the thought of the butterflies that'll come is worth the wait!!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau