Sunday, 1 June 2008

Anyone know what this is called?

Mum's got this lovely spiral succulent type thing in her garden. It's been doing well for years and I often use it as the basis for some abstract work but this year - it's flowered and oh boy, what a show! The flower stem/bud/sprout thingy started off in a rather limp phallic manner but it's standing very proud now ;-) LOL

I love the soft effect on the close up shot so I'll pop over again and try to get some more of those - so dainty. The whole flower spike is about 12 inches tall (30 cm) and we've got a funny feeling the whole plant will die now.

We've had loads of really heavy rain this week so the iris' have been hammered but the rhododendron is in full bloom. Quite a bit paler than I expected after seeing the colour of the buds but it seems to be thriving in the extra wetness (just as well really)!


ABreathOfFrenchAir said...

Gosh, I have no idea what flower that is, but it's beautiful!

No Rain said...

The succulent is beautiful, but I don't have any idea what it is. The flowers don't look like any succulent I'm familiar with. I hope someone can identify it. I'm curious! Happy GTS,

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I'm of no help to you either--but just wanted to compliment you on the lovely photos!!
Smiles, Karen

kml said...

My gosh - it certainly grew tall! Good luck in discovering what kind it is. The iris are beautiful!

Sarah McBride said...

beautiful flowers! i love Rhododendron, they are lie Azaleas, which we have in abundance here.
I LOVE that close up picture (#1)

Albina Rose said...

I'm an "aspiring" gardener and don't know all the flowers, but I have to agree with others who complimented your photos. They are just gorgeous!