In a warmer light the callas have a maple leaf red glow. A new bloom is just unfurling. In Western Australia calla lilies have been classified as noxious invasive weeds. They are, on the other hand, the national flower of the island nation of St. Helena, where the native people are informally called Saints.
There’s a distinct lack of scale in this drawing. This begonia is well-loved for its spiraling multi-colored leaves. One garden center website even urged people to pinch off and discard the “insignificant” flowers so that all the plant’s energy could go into making leaves.
I got an inch away from the little bloom so that I could research its intricacy and mysterious architecture. I will report back when the remaining buds open. The first to open, shown here, is a female flower.
Walking along the urban trail near downtown Asheville the other day I was awed by the amount of kudzu blanketing everything. How we love to despise this invasive plant. But I kept smelling a lovely grapey scent that drew me in close to the dark green overlapping leaves. A small purple and yellow bloom hidden inside of dense foliage.