Who doesn't love/grow the spider plant? Easy to care for and to propagate, this is a staple in most gardens and homes. Chlorophytum comosum is also known as the ribbon plant or airplane. This guy has come to check out my depleting stock of ash gourd and pumpkin!! My latest addition to my plant collection is the spider flower or Cleome aculeata. You can make out from this slightly blurry photo that the blooms are very showy. Cleome, native to south America, likes a well-drained, fertile soil. Thrives in sunny areas and partial shade. Propagation is by seed. Googling also came up with this gem of information-- it can be invasive too! The sight of these blooms at the nursery made my heart beat faster! 'Invasive' sounds like the loveliest word ever!!
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