It's time again to talk about what's blooming in gardens around the world! To see the global display, please visit Katarina at Roses and Stuff.
The first photo is of the Grasshawk dragonfly/Neurothemis fluctuans. Although I've posted other photos before I can't resist posting this one. It came and perched itself on an Allamanda leaf as I was waiting to get a better shot of a lizard. On other occasions, it had led me on a wild goose chase around the yard, in the scorching afternoon sun.
I'm so happy to see the Butterfly Ginger Lily blooming. It's blooming for the first time. The shape does look like a butter- fly with open wings. And the fragrance...ooh, it's heavenly! I never imagined that the plant would have such sweet-scented flowers.
This plant belongs to the ginger family Zingiberaceae and is native to India. The botanical name is Hedychium coronarium. The lily can grow up to 2 mtrs tall. Propagation is through rhizomes. With such a delightful smell it is used in the making of perfumes. As for its medicinal uses, the rhizomes are used in the treatment of tonsillitis and fever.
I've also found out that the flowers/buds are edible. The blooms are also used in making leis in Hawaii. No wonder it is also known as the Garland Flower. The blooms attract moths at night. I hope I have the moths flying in!
The inflorescence of the Ginger lily.
I had picked up the plant from the wayside in April in my hometown. Someone had dumped a clump of the lily here, below the road next to a trickle of water from a hill spring. (But during the rainy season, the trickle turns into a roaring cascade). Here, where wild balsam blooms and ferns grow, I'd seen some blue damselflies. I thought I'd get some good photos of the damsels. Well, I didn't get them but I got several 'butterflies' instead!
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