Friday, July 16, 2010

Two for One on Macro Saturday

This morning I went out into the garden with my camera to take pictures of the Eucomis Autumnalis or PineappleLily that I have growing in a container.  As I was composing my shot along came a White Admiral butterfly and posed himself on the plant. This gardener being a blonde but no dummy pushed the plunger.   I love this little bulb.  I received it last year as a garden writer to give it a try.  This year it is just as striking as I remember it last year.  Gardenimports has many good quality plants that can be ordered online.  If you want to take a peek the site is http://www.gardenimport.com/

Eucomis Autumnalis is a relative of the hyacinth and so is a tender summer bulb.  The stalk on my plant is approximately 8inches tall. The stalk is composed of little white flower-ets with a cute tuft of leaf-like bracts at the crown.  The Pineapple Lily  comes from Zimbabwe and Malawi where it grows on the side of mountains or in grasslands.  The bulb can be planted in the ground in ordinary garden soil but would do much better in fertile soil.  Add an application of well rotted manure.   It can be grown in rockeries or herbaceous border or in containers. I give it a shot of fertilizer when I do the other containers.

In the fall I dig up the bulbs and shake off the soil.  Place them in a cool basement for the winter and repot in good container soil in the spring when the growing tip appears.

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14 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

Well Val, I'm thinking I should have kept mine yours is so pretty. Someone from my garden club is enjoying it though and hopefully as much as you with yours.
Judith

maiaT said...

Your Pineapple lily looks beautiful, I can tell you take good care of it.
That's why you deserve a butterfly for your composition.
I am never so lucky, just yesterday I was chasing one, with no result.
Amazing photos, both.
Have a beautiful weekend!

A Garden of Threads said...

What a lucky shot and it is perfect. The print size is much better, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care, Jen

Marydon said...

Oh, V ~ fabulous pics of both the floral & butterfly! I wish I could get a butterfly to sit still long enough to take a pics ...

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Have a lovely weekend.
TTFN~ Marydon

Crafty Gardener said...

What a pretty lily. And you did great in capturing the butterfy in the photo.

bfarr said...

Two terrific shots.

Jenn said...

Wow.. that is a very great capture of the flower and the butterfly! I love it a lot!

My Flower Macro post is up HERE. Happy weekends!

AL said...

You're so lucky to take a photo of a butterfly, I having a hard time with it, you know chasing and taking a photo of them, they're so aloof and btw the pineapple flower is lovely.

Greyscale Territory said...

Such a pretty lily and I see the connection with the hyacinth in the lacy shape of the flower!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Gorgeous and with the butterfly, a very special shot. Well done

BJ Roan said...

Beautiful lily, and the butterfly is too! Great capture.

Petit Eyekiss said...

It´s not so easy to capture a butterfly. I have tryed a lot of times. You did it!

Mumsy said...

These are beautiful shots..I haven't seen the white admiral butterfly around here..

Mylene said...

You have a lovely Pineapple Lilies and one beautiful butterfly :)