Colocasia: First Flowers

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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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This just goes to show how a sincere gift, given in love, can sometimes initiate transformation and beauty beyond our wildest imagining.


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Photos by Woodland Gnome, 2014

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Colocasia: First Flowers

  1. Just when I thin I’ve seen it all (in your garden),
    here you come with more lovelies.
    Truly splendid, WG!
    Peace, UT

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