For no obvious reason, today I looked down at an orchid plant that sits, rather neglected, under the stairs out my back door. Low and behold it has a flower.
Then I looked around at the other flowers adorning the area near my back door and I felt a bit guilty for ignoring their beauty in my obsession to produce food in my garden. Here are a few of the nicer ones that I saw without having to leave the bottom of my stairs.
First another orchid – I have no idea about orchids or what this is called, but the colour of the flowers is magnificent.
Next comes a passionfruit flower. This flower I know because it turns into something quite tasty. But even if it didn’t, it’s always been one of my favourite flowers. Always, that is, since I first saw one. Passion fruit didn’t grow in Seattle. I first layed eyes on the vine when I moved to Australia and have coveted the plants ever since. There is something wonderfully otherworldly about these flowers.
Finally, a couple of plants that grow pretty much as weeds in my garden. The yellowy one I know is a shrimp plant. The red one, beats me.
There are heaps more flowers out there, many that come along as a bonus with herbs, vegetables or fruit trees, and plenty that just bloom because that’s what they do. Even though I can be neglectful, I do appreciate their brightening my garden.