Splayed and twisted describes so much of life at the moment, but in the garden, splayed and twisted are often normal happenings.
The scarlet and gold fluted flowers of Coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, span outwards and downwards, trumpeting their beauty and wildlife value. Each await visits from their pollinator partners.
Some of the cheekier visitors steal nectar, rather than fulfilling pollinator expectations.
Nevertheless, I’m certain that eventually native bees, butterflies, moths, or birds will happen by to sip the good stuff from the tubular openings and carry pollen grains to parts unknown.
I grow several Red yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora, plants and all are pushing up their bloom stalks, daily and at a rapid pace, for this season’s bloom show. This one is reaching for the clouds, but hampered by its twisted ways.
Just beginning its push skyward, the curvy anomaly, known as fasciation, has kicked in. It’s unknown why stems occasionally go wavy-gravy or flowers turn into two-headed floral freaks, but it happens. It’s not a big deal in the plant world, because fasciation isn’t generally indicative of a spreading disease event or a genetically inferior plant. When the weird wonder occurs in the garden on a stem or flower head, it’s easily remedied by pruning out the botanical boo-boo. Or the gardener may leave it, as an acknowledgement of life’s vicissitudes.
I don’t plan to prune this stalk because even if it doesn’t grow-up straight or arched like its sibling stalks, pollinators (with the possible exception of hummingbirds) will find the flowers. Aside from Red yucca’s beauty to my eyes, the attraction to pollinators is the reason these perennials have a place in my garden.
The curvy one’s neighbor, an offshoot of the same mother plant, has grown about 4 feet tall. Single blooms, arrayed along the stalk, will soon open.
In a different part of the garden, another of the same species is bursting at its petals with salmon-hued goodness, ready for the winged-things to feed from.
The garden provides surprises, mostly good, always fascinating.
I’m joining in with Anna for Wednesday Vignette, check out her lovely Flutter and Hum for garden stories–the funny, the weird, the wonderful. Also, it’s April Bloom Day! So Carol’s gorgeous May Dreams Garden celebrates blooms –pop over to enjoy blooms from many places.