I was pleasantly surprised to see this budding bromeliad yesterday. Last year show time was in Feb/March. Looks like someone's in a tearing hurry. Hmm, I don't mind at all!
Zephyranthes or zephyr lily comes from Zephyrus, the god of the West Wind in Greek mythology. The literal trans- lation would be West Wind flower. These plants love the rain that the West Wind brings. Zephyr--- gentlest of winds, the messenger of spring.
When this rainlily bloomed a week ago, there was neither wind nor rain. And I'd planted a few in a container which has a croton. I really don't remember these plants blooming at this time of the year. At least, not in my yard!
I'd posted about these canna plants earlier after my "discovery". Since then they've been dug out from the near-oblivion site and planted on a proper bed! They did provide a bit of cheer in a drab landscape.
There are so many varieties of Allamanda that it's difficult to say which one this is. After a lot of googling, I've finally settled for Allamanda violacea Cherry Jubilee. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I was only told (in the nursery) that this one was Allamanda. Period. Little did I know that trying to learn the exact names can also drive you (a little) round the bend!!!
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