Remember these blooms whose name I didn't know? Well, after a great deal of googling, I found out that these are known by several names! Achimenes longiflora is also known as the Hot Water Plant, Monkey- faced Pansy, Magic Flower and Orchid Pansy. At least this one ( out of the two that I'm including in my post today) has been identified.
These two photos are from April when these flowers bloomed. They open in the afternoons and close in the mornings. Bees are attracted to them. There's no fragrance in these pretty blooms. Although I've been to a lot of sites, I haven't come across anything similar. I'd be happy if someone from blogdom can help me here:)
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