I’ve lost track of the number in my series of the life of a flower so had to have a look. This one will be number ten, a Crinum, which has lots of common names – insert your local name here – it can be found growing along river banks around my part of Australia.
The flower begins life as a spear that comes up from the middle of the plant. Crinums are bulbs and like the soil to be moist a lot of the time. This time two spears are appearing.
Finally breaking free into gentle refreshing rain
Ready to unfurl in the morning sun
The spear has opened that more spears can appear, one by one the flowers take shape,
Finally all of the flowers have emerged into the sunshine
This is an over head. I am standing a few steps up to get it all in shot.
At last flowers have appeared. The ones from the second spear in the rear, are yet to open
They have lovely colours
I tried to get a photo of any insects who visit the flowers. Some tiny bees were there but I didn’t get a photo. But I did find that little spiders set up home
There are always flowers in the waiting
After a while they start to decline. They would be short lived vase flowers I think.
Still a few last lot of buds as more flowers sag
The browning off is the last. It is funny how quickly they go from here to actually gone. Crinums do drop from the stalk as quickly as they appear