The ground cover under the sago palm is Acalypha reptans, also known as Dwarf Chenille or fire tail. They look together beautifully, especially when the Sago leaves are all nice and green.
I love orchids, and found myself bringing more and more home. My family also gifts me with orchids for my Birthday, Mother's Day, and other holidays. I started with 4 orchids about two years ago, now I have 22 of them.
The first two are the new purchase. Could not resist the colors and the pattern. I love orchids with speckle pattern.
This one was a Christmas gift of 2010. It had two flower spikes when I bought it. After it finished flowering in February, I thought I have to wait for a long time for its reblooming. It surprised me with another flower spike a couple of weeks ago. Love an orchid can bloom more than once a year.
|Vanda Sawita 'blue'|
Another orchid with speckle...
I placed three flowering orchids together in a plant stander at the front door patio. Every time I enter the front door, I stop and enjoy their beauties.
Now I need some help with two unknown plants in the garden.
Since I discovered some local nurseries, I check them out quite often for any new plants. A couple of months ago, I spotted one small container with a lily like plant hidden in a corner. I asked the owner what it was, and she said it was something similar to rain lily. There were no flowers, only leaves. I love anything lily related, and I trust that nursery since they only carry the plants that can thrive in my area. Also I like any bulb that grows well in this weather. So I brought it home.
It did not grow any bigger except setting some new leaves. The leaves are about 6 to 7 inch long, with one inch width. Recently it started flowering. The color is beautiful lavender. The shape of the flower also resemble some crinium lily, but smaller. It doesn't look like rain lily though.
Anybody recognizes this plant?
Here is another plant that I need help with the ID. I found it when I was weeding the flower bed this morning. It is under my Tropical lilac tree, so it is in a deep shade.
Two flower spikes are above the ground. No leaves were found on the plant. The flower is very small, maybe at most one inch across.
Next to the flower spike, I found a bulb like new growth. Not sure if they belong together to the same plant though.
The flower reminds me of orchid, but I never saw it anywhere before. This flower bed was opened last summer, so I know it is not something from the previous owner. It also doesn't look like another wild orchid (Oeceoclades maculata) I found in my yard before.
I love mystery, now who wants to be the detective?