Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Spud is no dud

We were all surprised with on the 24th of Jan. "Spud" was fully opened. You could almost see it happening. The small produced was quite different from that of "Hannibal", who seems a bit sick. It may not open fully but may still produce pollen and the cross pollination may occur.
Within a few hours, the frilly edges had started to discolor and shrivel. So Spud may not last for long.
A couple of out-of-town visitors were happy they were able to see the giant flower.


Denis Wilson said...

Great colour capture, Dave, with the light going through the spathe. Especially bright when freshly opened. Your repeated visits are well worthwhile.

Boobook said...

Lovely series on a most interesting plant.

Mr. Smiley said...

Thanks for the comments, folks. It was a most interesting exercise. We had hundreds of people visiting the plants. Some people came daily for over 2 weeks. Great publicity for the Gardens as some locals said they hadn't been there for years! They have been missing a lot.