Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mystery Plant Update, May 26, 2007

Things are definitely starting to happen out there with this guy ... after more rain off and on today, and the rains from the other night, our mystery subject is really starting to get serious about blooming. As you can see in the first photo, the maroony-reddish stripe is enlarging and taking on more colour ... my theory is that this will be roughly the colour of the interior base of the petals.

The insects seem to be getting more interested as well, considering we saw both flies and a wasp circling around late today. I thought I caught a wee waft of something rather foul smelling, but Fernymoss can't detect it ... just an olfactory expression of impatience perhaps? In any case, here's the update for today ... I'll keep these coming as long as something significant happens until it's open even more.

Lots more is going on in the Woodland Garden right now, and there will be much more appearing here in the next few days (including luscious peonies!) so stop by again soon ....

3 comments:

FARfetched said...

Foul smelling? Is it some kind of orchid then? I know of a couple that stink pretty badly.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Nope, not an orchid, something much more eye popping even ... and it was unfurling even a bit more today, but still no smell. We're guessing at this point it will be at least another week before it reveals itself, but there are definitely subtle changes taking place every day. Stay tuned, you'll see it as soon as it pops!

olivia said...

It's really coming along now ... woo hoo!

Is the stalk strong enough to hold the bloom? The bloom looks really heavy ... lol