Hello folks! It has been 11 days since I posted about the first flower from the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. Now there are six coming from the SAME petiole. I am anxious to see how many it will have produced when it is finished. I measured the longest one, from the sheath to the top and it is 14″ long.
I guess next spring I am going to need to give it more room, especially since it will be the second year and it is likely to grow even larger. Well, considering they can grow to at least 9′. As you can see, the wind whacking the leaf on the left against the porch tore it half off.
I also noticed a new group of flowers starting from a different petiole!
Nature is truly an amazing thing. All six flowers have come from the same petiole.
As with many members of the Araceae Family, a single leaf is formed from each petiole and a new one emerges from the previous one. The sheath just kind of splits open and out pops the new petiole and leaf.
I noticed this male Walking Stick on one of the newer leaves on the farthest Colocasia esculenta. I wasn’t sure if it was a Northern Walking Stick (Diapheromera femorata) or a Giant Walking Stick (Megaphasma denticrus). I measured this critter and it is 5″ long, or is it? Walking sticks have 3 pairs of legs but they move their front legs alongside their antenna to make themselves appear longer. Ummm… I can only see… GEEZ! Now I know what is wrong!!! It is upside down! So, it definitely isn’t 5″ long, it is only approximately 3″ long which definitely makes it a Northern Walking Stick. Where the legs attach to the thorax is called a coxa, similar to our hip. The distance from the first pair of coxa to the head is very short. SO, if you look at the photo you can see the first pair of coxa but no legs. That is because they are alongside the antenna. The front legs appear to be about 2 1/4″ long.
The Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) had to move her web when the leaf on the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ got too low. She was under it. I took this photo a few days ago but she was still there this morning, The other one is still alive and well in the shrubs along the front of the house.
While I am taking photos I just as well go see what she is doing.
Well, what do you know? She moved her web so now it is attached to the grass out in the yard. I am not sure if that was a good idea or not because now she is more in the open for predators.
Now that I am out here with the camera…
Just as well show you what happened with the huge 36″ wide Marigold ‘Brocade’. Looks like someone sat on it, but it just became so heavy with flowers that the branches couldn’t hold them up anymore. Luckily the branches just bent over instead of breaking.
The Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ are blooming themselves silly.
Oh yeah, I wanted to show you a few more flowers in “the other yard”.
The Mammillaria pringlei is at it AGAIN… This is one of “those” times when you don’t want to smell the flowers.
Now the Mammillaria rhodantha also has a few buds. This is the first time flowering!
The Tradescantia sillamontana is also starting to flower.
Dad was on the porch smoking his pipe when I was finished taking photos and he pointed out there was a baby tree frog sitting on the axis of a Colocasia esculenta leaf. OK, he didn’t really say it like that. He just said “that leaf”.
Then when I went back out later to find the Walking Stick again, I saw another one sitting inside an open sheath on a petiole of the other Colocasia esculenta. Sometimes those little guys are hard to photograph! We have a lot of tree frogs and you just never know where you will find them.
Then later on in the afternoon…
I found this poor dead snake in front of the driveway. I may have run over it when I drove out of the driveway earlier, or perhaps someone else ran over it. Whoever did it, it is dead. I see very few snakes here, mainly the Eastern Garter Snake. I think the dead snake is a Great Plains Rat Snake (Pantherophis emoryi). It is 13 1/2″ long and would have grown to 24-36″ at maturity.
Well, that’s it for this post. I have been continually working on the plant pages on the right and have finally finished with all the bulb, tubers and rhizome plants through the Curcuma petiolata (Hidden Ginger). It took a while to get the Colocasia pages finished. Well, a few pages will never be finished as they are a continual work in progress as I take more photos.
SO, for now, take care, stay healthy, positive, prosperous and GET DIRTY!!!