Hello folks! Friday evening I was watering the plants and noticed the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ was starting to flower. It was to dark to take a photo then, so I wanted until this morning. Since I have been back here on the farm none of the Colocasia esculenta have flowered. The tuber, or whatever you call them (I keep forgetting) on the Colocasia gigantea and the biggest Colocasia esculenta are getting HUGE! I need to take a photo of them, too.
I took photos on the 9th and 10th but I haven’t made any new posts since the 8th. I have been busy working on the plant pages on the right and have gotten many of them updated this week. SO the next few photos were taken on the 9th and 10th of September…
The three Colocasia’s still seem to be in a growing competition. For those of you who don’t know, the two on the right are Colocasia esculenta, descendants from bulbs I bought in 2009. I have more, but these are the biggest. The one on the left, new for 2017, is a Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant.’ The Colocasia in the middle is trying its best not to let the newcomer get ahead of it. I have news for it, though… It should realize that the ‘Thailand Giant’ is still a baby. I wonder how the Colocasia esculenta will top ‘Thailand Giant’s’ flower…
The Abelia x grandiflora is going to get a good pruning very soon. I am not sure how tall it is and it would be very difficult to measure. I have a way, but the old step ladder isn’t that sturdy and I don’t think the 12′ tape is long enough. The Missouri Botanical Garden says the mature height of this shrub is 6′, Fine Gardening website says 10′. When I prune it I will find the tallest stem, cut it off at maybe 3′, then measure what I cut off.
The big Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) I posted about on September 8 disappeared the day after I took her photo. She still hasn’t showed up… BUT, the smaller one under the Colocasia gigantea is still there and I found another one…
The one in the above photo is bigger than the other one, kind of half grown I guess. She is behind her web instead of on the front. Never saw one do that before. I guess it doesn’t matter as long as her prey gets in the web. I tried to put the camera behind the web so I could get a better photo of her… She did not like that and started making her web bounce. So, what happens when winter comes? I only read about them dying after they lay eggs. These smaller females surely won’t lay eggs and die. Do they hibernate or what? Hmmm… I guess i will have to do some more research.
There are also quite a few Spotted Orb Weaver’s (Neoscona crucifera) under the eve of the house. You mainly only see them at night, though. BUT…. When I was mowing I saw this web stretching from one of the shrubs to the railing of the front porch. I was careful not to mess it up. SO, then when I took the photos of the other two spiders, I was surprised to see a Spotted Orb Weaver repairing the web.
I took a lot of photos of her but they were all blurry. SO, I decided to take a video. HOPEFULLY it will show up on the blog when I publish it.
The new shade bed is doing OK, but after it rained and rained it just stopped until last night. I looked at the rain gauge and it said 1 7/8″. Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears” is doing the best of the new Hosta and all three Heuchera plants are also doing surprisingly well. The Caladium ‘Strawberry Fields’ was awesome then the heat of the summer really got to it.
The south bed has went completely berserk… It is almost October already and the Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ will fall short of their usual 8-9′. The plants in the bed in the “other yard” haven’t gotten near that tall in several years. That’s weird!
I am still amazed by the Marigold ‘Brocade’ plants this year. I spaced them out pretty good and they filled in the gaps until there were no gaps. The plant in the above photo is 36″ wide.
I think I will leave off there. Like I said, nothing exciting the past week except for the surprise flower on the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. SO, how was your week? Any exciting plans for this week?
Until next time, stay well, stay positive, be happy, prosperous and GET DIRTY!!!