Of all the plants in the back of my yard, I think the Firespike is the one I look forward to each year. This plant brings so many Humming Birds and Butterflies. My first cutting came to me from a friend two years ago and it's turned into plantings all over my yard. I had no idea how much the critters love it.
As I might have said in a previous post we are in the rainy season and the Firespike is the only flowering plant that is blooming. It's just not the season in Florida for beautiful gardens. Well, at least in my yard. You can see the tropical greenery is beautiful and lush from all the humidity and rain.
Each of the plants are starting to bloom and you might have laughed at me when I saw the first Humming Bird. I ran outside with my iPhone camera and tried to have the Humming bird think I was just part of the landscape. Sorry but that did not work. Every time it would come back it knew I was there and I had to finally give up and leave the poor thing to get his sweet nectar.
This went on for about an hour, my going out there and sitting on the soggy ground only to see about 4 Humming Birds at different plants and they are scattered around the yard. It was turning into a comedy.
As you can see, I have no photos of the Humming Birds.
Known botanically as Odontonema strictum, firespike grows 4 to 6 feet tall and produces clusters of 3-inch-long, tubular red flowers. It is a small shrub in South Florida and a clumping, herbaceous perennial in North and Central Florida. I keep my plants pruned each fall because really they will over take the entire yard if I let them.
I have a new batch of cuttings taking root in a bucket of water. These will be packed in a box and sent to my daughter for her new back yard. When I was there a few weeks ago I did bring some cuttings and we put them along an area of her fence to start some privacy. She told me this week, "They all have new leaf buds growing" and she wanted a few more. I don't plan on driving the 4 hrs for cuttings so they will be sent in the mail this week.
I've always wondered how many of you living north of Florida might have Firespike growing in your yard?I saw a few while living in Texas but none in Illinois and read that they will go dormant in cold temperatures?
Today my great plans of doing a bit of gardening did not happen. This is the first day we have had sun in the past three weeks of rain. But to my dismay It's in the high 90's and it will surly make me pass out. So here I am in the a/c doing the last of the three sweaters for my grandsons.
"Enjoy your weekend everyone"
I'll be joining