Something Special

Lachenalia contaminata

Lachenalia contaminata

In my last posting Jessica of Rusty Duck asked about the fragrance of a Freesia I had posted.  The question made me check not only the fragrance of that flower (it had a hint of fragrance) but also to check the scent of a number of other flowers that are flowering right now.  I realized that in many cases I had been presuming that I knew the fragrance of a flower merely because I had checked on the scent emanating from other flowers in that genus.  I should have known better.  I’ve been growing a number of Lachenalias.  Partly because the seeds were readily available through the PBS bulb exchange and I love exploring with new plants.  And then they multiplied like little horticultural rabbits.  One of the biggest flowered of the Lachenalia that I have also has an amazing fragrance, which I had totally missed until now.  Think baby powder.  Very sweet smell.  This particular Lachenalia got its species name from the red dots that ‘contaminate’ the stems.  Actually it just makes them more interesting.

Lachenalia contaminata

Lachenalia contaminata

This is what the Lachenalia corner of the greenhouse looks like right now.

Lachenalias in the greenhouse, L. contaminata in center and left, L. splendida on right

Lachenalias in the greenhouse, L. contaminata in center and left, L. splendida on right

Here’s a closeup of of the Lachenalia splendida.  No scent but quite pretty in its own right.

Lachenalia splendida

Lachenalia splendida

Also in flower right now is a a Geissorhiza which I don’t think I’ve shared until now.  It has a number of pretty mauve flowers on each stem, much like a small Freesia.

Geissorhiza inaequalis

Geissorhiza inaequalis

And let me close, before returning to the garden to get some of those rapidly growing weeds, with another shot of the Spiloxene in the greenhouse.

Spiloxene capensis

Spiloxene capensis

It’s another South African native, also called the Peacock Flower for it’s colorfully marked star-like flowers.

One comment on “Something Special

  1. rusty duck

    You have an incredible collection of these gems John. Thank you for the link!