Thursday, 18 February 2016
I have a thing for Aroids !
Amongst my favourite spring flowers are these delightful Arisarum proboscideums......otherwise known as the Mouse Tail Plant .
You have to look close , in amongst those lovely green arrow shaped leaves .
O.K. So that is not a very good picture , its a bit wet to kneel down here in my damp shade garden , but that is where they like to be .
I picked a leaf and a flower , here , for you to see .
It looks like a sweet little brown mouse with a long curly tail .
Now here is another one I have forgotten its name , but I think it might be Arum Italicum ....let me know ! It has gorgeous patterned leaves !
Arum Lily or Zentedeshia is just waiting for a few more sunny days , this is probably the most well known one, with its elegant pure white flowers .
It will collapse if we get a very severe frost , but always comes back .
We dont get much frost here ....but I can even turn frost to my advantage ...knowing that we were going to have an exceptionally cold night the other day , I put outside this large rock of shale that I carried up the beach at Charmouth recently .
This was all one piece , pavement of the ocean floor , you can see little ammonites imprints , where they fell and died .
Anyway over night , the frost caused it to split revealing a small piece of dinosaur bone or maybe tooth . Probably Ichthyosaur ....only a small fragment , but a very nice surprise .
I wonder what else is hidden inside ?