I am and always have been intrigued by nature. Everyday there is a new experiment I want to try, or I read something new about something that is very familiar. It just keeps life exciting to me. I would like to think that I was a mad Botanist at some point in a different life….but for today, I am passionate about a tropical plant that I have overwintered in doors for the second year in a row. His name is Brugmansia…..he is an outstanding vision of a ht and humid summers eve…on a snowy day in March.
This was the Brugmansia on the morning that I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show – March 5, 2014. I was shocked that there were two buds. Last year I only had one bud and was shocked at that one. After all, the indoor conditions are not full sun – but it is bright, I keep my house cool – not hot or humid and most importantly, I seriously do NOT have a regular watering schedule. I tend to water when the plants cough…or when they whisper to me as I head to my office to read or to the garden room to start some more seeds. Even after all of this hap hazard tough love approach it is still faithful. I got it in the clearance section at Gingko Gardens on Capitol Hill. It appeared to be healthy and I had forgotten to bring in my older Brugmansia’s the fall prior, so I was in need of another one.
March 12th – I was so excited and worried at the same time. I had brought out the insecticidal soap to spray, as I noticed a leaf with yellow frayed edges. This was a sign of an unwanted pest in the midst of my long awaited joy. I gently sprayed the foliage and the soil, careful to not spray the bloom……just in case. Over the weekend I noticed that the bud was unfurling like a frilly gown at prom. However I was patient and just gave him a sip of water to hydrate and encourage him to bloom.
March 17, 2014 – what a great way to end the day. I worked from home today and was really not focused on the Brugmansia today. I went about my work, took care of Aminia and then when I was preparing to go to bed – I could smell the sweet smell of success (as my Dad used to always say). A fragrance so gently intoxicating I could just sniff it for hours, although I understand while poisinous, it is also a hypnotic and erotic smell. I wonder if the Clyburn Arboretum will have more of the variegated leaf cultivar again this year……I forgot to bring those inside as well.
I had to share this because when you have something this beautiful in your midst, it just must be shared!!!
All things beautiful….including the snow!by