Without a doubt, the most attractive flowering shrub in my yard is the Ixora. It's blooming profusely now and the summer months are indeed when it looks its best! Said to be a native of Asia, there are about 400 varieties of this plant. Ixora coccinea is also known as the Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame, and Jungle Geranium.
It is a dense, multi-branched shrub and I keep its height at about 5ft with an annual winter trim. The very good thing about the Ixora is that it's never really without leaves or blooms. Winter isn't the best time as the leaves seem to lack the green lustre and the blooms are greatly reduced.
But there's always someone or the other stopping by. As I crouched to take a shot at this Emigrant, I came face to face with my resident garden lizard. No, he didn't like it and took off over the wall.
I was introduced to many species of butterflies here. Swallowtails, even the tailed jay variety, the Plain Tiger, members of the Pansy family...we all said 'Hi' to each other here. And some small birds too!
This is how the bush looks like in the winter months.
The other day, I followed this pair of yellow wasps from this Croton, to the Ixora. It's usually difficult to get a clear photo of these vicious-looking wasps. But that day, they didn't seem to mind me at all!!
Another kind of wasp. This one is more often seen on the bamboo plants.
The Peacock Pansy.
This pretty butterfly was never still but I'm posting the blurry shot anyway. At least you'll get an idea about the way it looks. Really can't wait to see what wildlife this summer will bring to this colourful shrub!
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