The storm in the distance approached steadily but I didn't know it. I stepped out to the terrace to look more closely at how the plants are doing, stepped back in, turned around and it was raining.
But only for a moment. Stepped out again to take these pictures and it stopped and the whole place dried so fast it appeared nothing had happened.
These are small orange habaneros bought from the grocery store, the flesh dried to flakes and the seeds removed and planted. There were a lot of seeds altogether from the six or so habaneros. And the habanero flakes haven't been used yet, and saying that gives an idea for dinner.
These below are on the other side of the terrace. They were planted two days apart and the difference is significant. Late start. They haven't bloomed yet and they better hurry.
The caladiums also had a very late start. But not too late. This batch is not behaving like the batch last year did. And that tells me that last year's supplier is better. I ended up with mixed things that I didn't order. Some are growing as miniatures and I didn't want any of those, they're much slower taking hold, some deformities, and one species is unrecognizable.
Some tiny ones I almost tossed out because I was tired of dealing with them, little nubs of debris turned out to grow as regular leaves. Ahead of proper several bulbs and growing tall and large.
Okay, what do you say we learn something today. Let's try to lean some names of types of caladiums. That way we can blurt them out unexpectedly to the surprise of our mates, stuff like this really is surprising, and win the admiration of our peers. Converse with the gardener demonstrating respectful alacrity. Or perhaps open up a gnarly corner of an uncooperative crossword puzzle sometime. You never know.
or it could be another Red Flash grown in different light and soil.
These are similar, green border, green veins, pink splotches. This one is leathery sun tolerant type. This particular one looks like a Rorschach card. Well Doctor, I see two seahorses back to back.
White, green border, red veins.
These are supposed to be bigger. I did not order dwarf version of anything. A mistake, I think, the business seems to fraught with such mishaps. I think it's one of those things we gardener types must learn to accept. It's not a bad thing.
That's it for that.
I have no idea what this is.
This is another mishap. They did not do as well this year and I did not order any green ones. Apparently the little root nodules get mixed up by handing. And handling them myself I can see how. The bulbs look like bullets.
Done photographing, I turn back inside. Now inside, I turn around for this shot, it's what I see inside, and it's raining again. Harder this time. Very loud thunder.
What is the name of this caladium? ↑
These are the bits I almost threw away when I noticed the bonsai pot with dirt in it and I thought hey what the heck. And now six or seven plants or popping up. One from each of the tiny junk bulb bits. And that shows you don't throw those runts away.