Thursday, 7 April 2011
The Unexpected Flower
Shortly after we moved into the house in 2009, there was a rainstorm, and shortly after the rainstorm, I noticed this growing. I did not, however, expect this plant to flower... let alone be something as grandiose as a Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica). Seems to be doing alright by itself, but I'll give it another round of mulch before the summer, just to keep it comfortable.
The portion of garden it's growing in is a very narrow flowerbed (usually shaded, with a flat tyred wheelbarrow in the way, impossible to photograph at the moment), so it's raising a few possibilities in terms of mini-landscaping. I was thinking of planting some strawberry transplants in there (they self seed, grow like crazy and fruit for two years), but with a visit to the garden center imminent, I'm going to be looking at a larger plant just to balance out the Calla's height. Larger, crazy, lilies with big green leaves. Leading the way to replacing all those bloody weeds with pretty flowers for the bees.