Two Elegant Flowers – Big & Small

This morning I found two particularly elegant plants had come into flower.  The first is the Peruvian Daffodil.

Peruvian Daffodil (Hymenocallis festalis)

Peruvian Daffodil (Hymenocallis festalis)

This is a big flower — think Amaryllis size.  I now grow this plant in a pot after trying a couple of times to put it in the ground.  Although it survived the winter outside it seldom flowered again and even when it did the the foliage flopped in a unattractive way.  As it a potted plant it’s much easier to take care of and the flowering is more predictable.  It’s quite happy to go into the basement for the winter and get ignored till Spring.  And I mean really ignored.  I confess I forgot about it completely this year until I noticed some green poking up through the boxes I had put on top of the pot.  Fortunately once I brought it outside again the Hymenocallis ignored the slight and rapidly put up it’s flowering stalk.  

The other plant coming into flower is the Ponerorchis grammifolia.

Ponerorchis grammifolia

Ponerorchis grammifolia

This is the polar opposite in terms of size.  Think of the tip of your finger.  But the whole growing process is intriguing.  From the little tiny pods that I got from Rare Plants in the UK to the grass-like foliage that starts to grow before you ever start watering.  The flowers are kind of like a bonus…  This would be a great plant to put over the kitchen sink as it wants indirect light and pretty consistent watering.