We have a bit of tropical beauty where the Colocasias, Hibiscus, Canna, and Ginger Lily have woven themselves together into a beautiful out-sized screen in the front garden.
The tallest in the group are over seven feet high, and still growing, scarlet flowers stretching high above our heads.
Hidden among the leaves, the first of the Colocasia flowers emerge, elegant and creamy white in the shadows.
Such beauty is completely unexpected and absolutely appreciated.
Planted for their enormous and unusual leaves, these Elephant Ears have made themselves at home; first sending out runners to increase their real estate, and now offering these exotic flowers.
We haven’t seen them visited yet, but hope our nectar loving insects will find them soon.
Our experiment in growing these Colocasia and Cannas has proven a beautiful success.
This part of the garden has transformed itself this season from a largely neglected area to one of real interest and beauty.
The transformation began with a grocery bag of Canna Lily roots, offered by a dearly loved friend to help us reform this area left sunny and bare after the loss of three oak trees in summer storms last June.
This just goes to show how a sincere gift, given in love, can sometimes initiate transformation and beauty beyond our wildest imagining.
Photos by Woodland Gnome, 2014