My Black Bat Flower

Scientifically known as Taccachantrieri, the Black Bat Flower is a stunning flowering plant also known as Devil Flower, Bat Head Lily, Bat Plant, Devil’s Tongue, Black Tacca, Jews Beard, Voodoo Flower, and Cat’s Whiskers.

The main attraction of this plant is, as its name suggests, the flower, the umbel – a flat-topped inflorescence with numerous flower stalks.  Describing the flower is difficult, I’ll try, but lay no claim to being accurate – scientifically or otherwise.
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Gardening Makes Me Smile

Over the last six weeks, I’ve neglected my garden.  It makes me sad that it has come to this, but it has.

It’s amazing how difficult I have found everyday tasks with my (dominant) right hand in plaster.  Yes, even watering my plants is a job I’ve needed assistance with because Dean (AKA Santa) gave me a retracting hose for Christmas, and I can neither pull it out nor put it back, one-handed.  Just as well we’ve had lots of rain and my garden is almost looking after itself.
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Watermelon Anyone?

I’m so delighted I could almost squeal.

Look at the gorgeous little flower on my Watermelon Frangipani.

Solo bloom on my Watermelon Frangipani

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My Happy Little Hoya

Tucked away, behind the bare branches of another plant, I discovered a little gem a few days ago.

My Hoya in Flower

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Frangipani Heaven

Hidden away on the Sunshine Coast, between Nambour and Maroochydore, is a little gem of a farm.  With paddocks and paddocks full of frangipani trees of all shapes and sizes, both common and exotic, not to mention all the colours and wonderful perfumes, it is an absolute delight to behold.

And for a couple of hours on Saturday, I was in Frangipani Heaven.

When my friend Lisa asked if I’d like to go with her to the Sunshine Coast Frangipani Farm open day, naturally I said ‘Yes!’ and, naturally, I took my camera along.
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